The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna has been a leading European training center for artists for more than 300 years. As a matter of fact, it houses two of the most significant Austrian art collections, i.e., the Gemaldegalerie (Paintings Gallery) and the Kupferstichkabinett (The Graphic Collection).As a university, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna is especially dedicated to teaching processes based on research and art alike, i.e. on scientific and artistic research, the findings of which are integrated into the curricula in different ways and communicated to a wider public through exhibitions, symposia, lectures, and a publication series. Conveying a complex understanding of art to a knowledge-based society is one of the main tasks of the academy, apart from teaching students.The strength of the Academy lies both in its teaching staff of successful, internationally recognized artists and in its students from over 50 different countries, thus endorsing Vienna's central role as a mediator between East and West. The Academy also cooperates with universities and other institutions of art and culture worldwide.
By the same token, the academy encourages its students to gather international experience in the course of their studies, and supports them in their endeavors.