FH JOANNEUM was established in 1995. With its 40 degree programmes in the areas of Health Studies, Applied Computer Sciences, Engineering, Media & Design, Building, Energy & Society, International Business and Management it is one of the leading universities of applied sciences (FHs) in Austria


At the Institute of Design & Communication we train designers with the ability to think critically. They learn to consider the economic, social, cultural and technological backgrounds in order to design effectively for society. Design expertise and skills, user-centred methods and field research are all important components of our degree programmes.

By working together in interdisciplinary groups, students become practiced in cooperating with business, design agencies and cultural institutions. A range of prizes and our successful graduates all demonstrate the benefits of this approach. It is these characteristics which make our programmes unique, both in Austria and beyond.

Research fields

The degree programmes run by the Institute address topics such as game based learning and serious game design. This involves research and development of game concepts and games which are both entertaining and educational. Another thematic field is simulations for professional training. This includes the design and development of real-time 3D simulation environments using real world interfaces for the purposes of training and education. The Institute’s expertise in information design in media and interaction spaces includes visual communications, exhibition design and responsive environments. The focus always lies in creating a comprehensible experience for users and the public.