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Manual & Material Culture


Degree: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Duration of course: 6 semesters
Course load: 159 hours per semester, 180 ECTS points
Language of instruction: English, German (see below)
Final projects: theoretical bachelor degree dissertation in 5th semester, practical bachelor’s project in 6th semester
Course director: Univ. Prof (NDU) Mag.Art. Hans Stefan Moritsch
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€ 495 per month or € 2,950 per semester (excl. ÖH membership)
additionally € 600 extension module "Craft" (duration: 4 semesters).
additionally € 500 extension module "Scientific work" (duration: 2 semesters).

Please note that in addition to the NDU tuition fee, you are also required to pay the compulsory membership in the Austrian Students' Association (ÖH). At the moment, the membership fee amounts to 19.20 EUR per semester.


There are a number of options available to help you finance your studies at the New Design University: state and private scholarships and grants, student loans, and loans on easy terms. For further details see Scholarships/Financing


In this course, all exams can be taken in English, all written papers can be submitted in English as well. However, a good passive command of German is required, since you must be able to follow the discussions in class. We therefore strongly encourage candidates to enrol in an intensive German course prior to commencing their studies at the NDU.

Please note that proof of at least a B2 level in German is required for admission (even if your English is at B2 or higher -- or native -- you will still need the aforementioned passive German skills when attending classes).

For further information please contact our info line by phone or e-mail at +43 (0)2742 890 2418 or

ADMISSION Requirements

Applicants for the bachelor’s degree course in Manual & Material Culture must have completed an apprenticeship in a relevant field or have graduated from an academic or vocational secondary school (HTL or college graduates in a relevant field) or have a higher education entrance qualification.

Students without qualifications pertinent to this field must complete additional training in an accompanying extension module, with a choice between woodworking and metalworking. Students having completed an apprenticeship in a relevant field must complete an accompanying extension module enabling them to perform scientific work.

Entrance examination
Another requirement is that applicants pass an entrance examination. The aim of this examination is to assess your manual and your artistic, creative aptitude. Applicants must present a portfolio of 15 to 20 works (drawings, models, three-dimensional works in manual craft/design or artistic projects) at this entrance examination. Sketchbooks are particularly welcomed. There are usually three entrance examination dates to choose from (see Course registration).

Entrance exams for the year 2018/19 will be held on:

1st entrance exam: 27 Jan 2018
(Registration deadline: 19 Jan 2018)

2nd entrance exam: 9 Jun 2018
(Registration deadline: 1 Jun 2018)

3rd entrance exam: 1 Sep 2018
(Registration deadline: 24 Aug 2018)


We'll be happy to advise you on the details: simply contact us by phone on +43 (0)2742 890 2418 or by e-mail at info(at) Our course directors will also be happy to provide details at a personal meeting.


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