Master of Arts program - Research in Design, Art and Media

The goal of the Master of Arts program Artistic Research in Design, Art and Media, aimed at graduates with degrees in art or design, as well as scholars in the humanities, is to consolidate and shape an independent artistic position.

Master students at the conference "New Narratives 2"

The master‘s degree goes far beyond classic subject boundaries and comes into play at the junction between applied art, human sciences, digital humanities and artistic research. The program focuses on how aesthetic strategies develop knowledge, thus addressing the increasing importance of knowledge building in contemporary society. Particular emphasis is put on calling into question the seemingly obvious current state of knowledge.

Presentation of the master projects in winter semester 2018/19

Students are challenged to engage in their own artistic research projects within the four study areas in order to encourage self-confidence both in their thinking and their own individual creative practice. At the same time, the personal development of students is encouraged as they learn to develop, determine, and represent the original potential of their self-confident thinking and their individual artistic-creative practice.

Each student is supervised by a team of professors who represent one of the four design disciplines and theory. The central event of the programme is a weekly 6-hour plenary session. Here the participants discuss the projects they develop in subject-related small groups with all master students and the lecturers involved. Further events will deepen their knowledge of aesthetics and cultural theoretical research. The complementary course of studies enables the completion and/or deepening of various creative/artistic, theoretical and practical skills.

Master students organize exhibitions and events such as "DIY documenta"

Depending on the requirements, the program is organised in three or four semesters. Graduates of diploma or 7-semester Bachelor programmes (210 credits) study three semesters (starting in the winter semester). Graduates of 6-semester degree programmes (180 credits) go through a one-semester introductory phase in advance (start in the summer semester).

In this pre-semester, academically trained students are introduced to the practical handling of various media and the basics of video production, new media and print media design are developed. Students who have worked primarily in the field of design and art will be prepared for participation in research and science-oriented projects.