Design Theory and History is a research-driven department with an international faculty, delivering a variety of academic courses to students throughout the University with the principal aim of enhancing the understanding of design as a critical pratice. The department promotes a lively doctoral research culure with a range of critical perspectives on objects, relations and processes of design and material culture.
From the design anthropology of everday material culture, through to the taste-making menchanisms of corporations and social relations, "things" are explored in an interdisciplinary context emphasising form and aesthetics as just one of the many dimensions of design.
The department forms an integral part of the Institute of Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, offering the only academic, research-driven curriculum in the field of design theory, design history and material culture in Austria. Its collaboration with international universities, design schools, museums and practising designers and creatives, lends the department a unique profile.