Medienkunst/Mediengestaltung (Media Art and Design) M.F.A.

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The Master’s Degree Course in Medienkunst/Mediengestaltung (Media Art and Design)

Creativity, design and experimentation – open to current trends, but also with a view to the future: that is the philosophy of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar’s Master’s degree course in Medienkunst/Mediengestaltung (Media Art and Design). The tuition covers organisation and technology, as well as developing creative, analytical and critical skills. The combination of these disparate elements forms the main focus of the course, as it is the basic prerequisite for creative professional work in the media – either freelance or for a company. The primary goal of the course is to develop designers of strong character who will be able to enrich, and indeed determine the everyday media environment of the future with their practical knowledge and artistic creativity.

Course Contents: What Are My Study Options?

Course Contents: What Are My Study Options?

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The search for a personal signature and form of expression is one of the essential aims of the Master’s degree course in Media Art and Design. You will build on and expand the basic knowledge you have acquired from your previous university education or professional experience, bringing your creative potential to full fruition. Once you have decided on your specialist subject in art and design from the individual core subjects of the various chairs, you will have the opportunity to work on it more intensively on a project-oriented and interdisciplinary basis. You can also integrate further modules from the university’s other degree courses into your personal study programme.

The individual core subjects are:

 

 

Overview: How is the Course Structured?

Overview: How is the Course Structured?

The first three semesters comprise one project module in artistic design, two specialist modules from the degree course in Media Art and Design and one academic module, plus three further elective modules. The fourth semester is devoted to the Master’s thesis. You are also recommended to study abroad for part of the degree programme, especially if you did not previously spend a semester abroad as part of your Bachelor’s degree course. The Faculty has contacts with a large number of notable international partner universities for this purpose.  

The standard study period for the Master’s degree course in Media Art and Design is four semesters. Upon completion and defence of the Master's thesis, students are awarded the academic degree of »Master of Fine Arts« by the Faculty of Art and Design.

My Degree: How Can It Help Me?

My Degree: How Can It Help Me?

Graduates of the Master’s degree course will have acquired media skills and competences which are in demand in countless media professions. They will have become familiar with the practice of art and design and learned about interdisciplinary contexts and methods. This means that they are ideally prepared for the many challenges they will face in their everyday media existence. In concrete terms, possible career choices could include:

  • film production, direction, camera work, lighting, editing, and dubbing for feature films, animation and documentaries
  • freelance design
  • curatorship of art and media festivals
  • creative art on the free art market
  • radio journalism, editing, radio drama and features, scriptwriting, direction, sound production and effects
  • editorial work and management in the entertainment and information industries (TV, computer games, internet, radio, leisure, interface design)
  • teaching and artistic development
  • sound design and computer-assisted composition
  • TV direction, editorial work and journalism
  • web design / interface design, graphic design

The degree programme offers the following programmes of studies:

Media Art and Design (MAD) – Master’s programme

The English-language Master’s degree course in Media Art and Design (MAD) is structured along the same lines as the standard Master’s degree course in Media Art and Design.

Making of a stop trick movie entsteht (©Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Foto: Candy Welz)

The Master’s Degree Course in Medienkunst/Mediengestaltung (Media Art and Design)

Creativity, design and experimentation – open to current trends, but also with a view to the future: that is the philosophy of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar’s Master’s degree course in Medienkunst/Mediengestaltung (Media Art and Design). The tuition covers organisation and technology, as well as developing creative, analytical and critical skills. The combination of these disparate elements forms the main focus of the course, as it is the basic prerequisite for creative professional work in the media – either freelance or for a company. The primary goal of the course is to develop designers of strong character who will be able to enrich, and indeed determine the everyday media environment of the future with their practical knowledge and artistic creativity.

Course Contents: What Are My Study Options?

Workshop with Oskar Sala 2010 (©Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Foto: Anja Erdmann, Maxie Götze)

The search for a personal signature and form of expression is one of the essential aims of the Master’s degree course in Media Art and Design. You will build on and expand the basic knowledge you have acquired from your previous university education or professional experience, bringing your creative potential to full fruition. Once you have decided on your specialist subject in art and design from the individual core subjects of the various chairs, you will have the opportunity to work on it more intensively on a project-oriented and interdisciplinary basis. You can also integrate further modules from the university’s other degree courses into your personal study programme.

The individual core subjects are:

 

 

Overview: How is the Course Structured?

The standard study period for the English-language Master’s degree course in Media Art and Design (MAD) is four semesters/two years. The curriculum gives you a short overview of the course structure.

Master's examination: How to get your M.F.A.

What steps do you need to follow on the way to your Master's degree?

» Important information on deadlines and prerequisites can be found here

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Integrated International Media Art and Design Studies, M.F.A.

Joint Master’s Degree Course with Tongji-University Shanghai

The Faculty of Art and Design also collaborates with the Tongji University Shanghai on a joint Master’s degree course in Integrated International Media Art and Design Studies (IIMDS). This takes place in Weimar and in Shanghai. It's is offered within the overall framework of the Master‘s degree course in Media Art and Design. The study programme affords students a deep and well-differentiated insight into the media landscapes of China and Germany, as well as practical art and design work in these two countries. This co-operative project prepares graduates for work on the global media market. The Master’s programme challenges students to develop their skills in interdisciplinary and international collaboration, not to mention intercultural communication.

The DAAD's sponsorship of the programme has now expired. For this reason, no grants can be authorised at the current time.

What Are My Study Options?

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For students of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, the programme begins in Weimar and then transfers to the Tongji University Shanghai for semesters two and three. For the fourth semester, which is devoted to the preparation and production of the Master’s thesis, students return to Weimar.
These are the individual core subjects of the degree course:

Tongji University Shanghai

  • animation
  • film/TV
  • interaction design
  • Chinese art and culture
  • multimedia design

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

 

All academic activities, including all oral and written examinations, are carried out in German or English. As a rule, the Master’s thesis and its defence will be in the student’s native language or in English. Language courses in Chinese at the partner university in Shanghai are also integrated into the study programme.

For Students of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, the standard study period for the Master’s degree course in Integrated International Media Art and Design is four semesters. Upon completion and defence of the Master’s thesis, students are awarded the academic degree of »Master of Fine Arts« by the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar’s Faculty of Art and Design and the academic degree of »Master of Literature« by the Tongji University Shanghai.