Film Academy Vienna

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Film Academy Vienna
founding 1952
Sponsorship state
place Vienna
state Vienna
country Austria
Head of Institute Danny Krausz

The Vienna Film Academy is the institute for film and television of the Vienna State University for Music and Performing Arts . It is the only university training facility in the field of film in Austria .


Metternichgasse 12, seat of the Vienna Film Academy

In 1952, Walter Kolm-Veltée established a special course for film design at the Academy for Music and Performing Arts, today's University of Music and Performing Arts. In 1960 a film class was added, led by Hans Winge . In 1963 the two courses were combined in the newly established "Film and Television Department". In the 1968/1969 academic year, the department moved to the Palais Bourgoing at Metternichgasse 12. Further courses followed, and since 1998 the Film and Television Institute has been known as the “Vienna Film Academy”.


The course is structured as a three-year bachelor's degree followed by a two-year master's degree (bakkalaureus der Künste / or Magister der Künste / and divided into the following five directions; Direction, screenplay, image technology and camera, editing and production, as well as a master's degree in digital art - compositing.

In the two-year basic course , a joint training covering all fields of study is completed. After two years of basic studies, specialization takes place in the subject for which the student was accepted at the Film Academy.


In order to study at the film academy, no Matura (or Abitur) is required. Admission to the course is determined by passing the annual entrance exam:

After submitting the specified application tasks, there are one week long selection interviews and exams every year in mid-September, in which the suitability for the desired field of study is to be determined. Around 15 to 20 students are admitted to the course each year. After passing the entrance exam, studies can begin at the beginning of October.

Lecturers (selection)

Well-known graduates

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Contact. In: Retrieved October 17, 2019 .
  2. Chronicle 1952–2017 . In: ray . Special issue 65 years of the Vienna Film Academy . June 2017, p. 6 ( [PDF; accessed on May 18, 2020]).

Coordinates: 48 ° 11 ′ 47.9 "  N , 16 ° 22 ′ 56.3"  E