Media Art Conception

Media Art Conception
Created at the beginning of the 1990s, the relatively young subject of Media Art has become a fascinating way of exploring media-oriented contemporary art.
Today, the degree programme is made up of a two-year foundation course and a three-year main course focusing on the fields of ‘Intermedia’, ‘Fine Arts’, ‘Installation and Space’ and ‘Expanded Cinema’. By first providing a solid foundation in traditional art formats, the degree programme encourages students to explore new forms of expression: through concepts, processes, performances and experiments. Creating fine art while incorporating all media as artistic material lies at the heart of this programme. With this premise in mind, Media Art challenges and questions image production in a globalised society – in films, on the internet, in public.
The subject of Media Art gives students the chance to critically engage with current context- and media-specific questions in contemporary art. After the foundation course, the students can branch off in four different areas.
The degree programme Media Art aims to let students test individual work methods and modes of expression and to enable them to formulate their own artistic position. In group work and projects, students achieve a superior level of communication and organisational skills and gain the ability to reflect on the connections and relevance of their own work while taking into consideration artistic, social and political aspects of the present day.
The two-year foundation course under Prof. Christin Lahr and Prof. Peggy Buth already gives the students the chance to explore their own strengths and preferences. In addition to learning the basics through interdisciplinary study, the students also get a grasp of the organisational demands of exhibiting – from the initial concept for a work of art to its realisation and its presentation. After the Vordiplom at the end of the foundation course, the students specialise in one of the following fields: ‘Intermedia’ under Alba D’Urbano, ‘Installation and Space’ under Joachim Blank, ‘Fine Arts’ under Helmut Mark and ‘Expanded Cinema’ under Clemens von Wedemeyer. After the three-year main course, the students finish their degree with a Diplom.

In addition to the supervision provided throughout the foundation course and main course, students are also free to engage with the artists and scientific fellows of the programme and make the most of the many interdisciplinary workshops on offer: students can, for example, use the professionally supervised audiovisual lab or get help and advice on how to programme complex applications. Traditional photo labs and printing workshops are also accessible to all, meaning new, interdisciplinary connections can be forged every day.