For the years 2009-2012, the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz has defined six different focuses on development which are not isolated from each other but which are always interconnected in one way or the other in order to develop a close interaction between arts-based research on the one hand and scientific research on the other hand, and to ensure education oriented towards research and arts-based research. Therefore, the integration of vivid artistic practice in scientific research involves a constant update and increased applicability of results.

Special focus in the field of arts-based research includes:

Emphasis with main interest on research in the following fields: