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Master of Arts - MA
Master of Arts - Advanced
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The MediaArtHistories masters program conveys the most important developments of contemporary art through a network of renowned international theorists, artists and curators like Steve DIETZ, Erkki HUHTAMO, Lev MANOVICH, Christiane PAUL, Jens HAUSER, Paul SERMON, Christa SOMMERER, Gerfried STOCKER, knowbotic research, Edward SHANKEN, Oliver GRAU and many others. Historical derivations that go far back into art and media history are tied in intriguing ways to digital art. Key approaches and methods from Image Science, Media Archaeology and the History of Science & Technology will be discussed. Media Art History offers a basis for understanding evolutionary history of audiovisual media, from the Laterna Magica to the Panorama, Phantasmagoria, Film, and the Virtual Art of recent decades. Using online databases and other modern aids, knowledge of computer animation, net art, interactive, telematic and genetic art as well as the most recent reflections on nano art, CAVE installations, augmented reality and wearables are introduced. Artists and programmers give new insights into the latest software and interface developments. The MediaArtHistories learning environment at the Center for Image Science integrates world-wide leading scholars from the field into a faculty working intensely with the students in seminars and workshops.

The course is held predominantly in English, the master´s thesis can be composed either in English or in German.
Target group Professionals from interest fields such as art and art history, cultural studies, humanities, museology, media or similar e.g. gallerists, artists, museum staff or all applicants with a general interest in art
Language English
Teaching method Blended learning
Start April 26th, 2014
September 27th, 2014
April 25th, 2015
October 3rd, 2015
Certificate Certified Program Master of Arts - MA Master of Arts - Advanced
Duration 2 semesters, parallel to employment, low residency, 2 modules each 10 - 12 days 4 semesters, parallel to employment, low residency, 4 modules each 10 - 12 days 5 semesters with Internship,divided into four 10-12 weeklong modules over 4 semesters, parallel to employment, low residency
ECTS-Points 30  (Info about ECTS) 90 120
Course fee EUR 4.850,-- EUR 10.850,- EUR 12.850
Contact Verena Hauer
Phone: +43 (0)2732 893-2569,  Fax: +43 (0)2732 893-4550
Details Certified Program MediaArtHistories
The MA MediaArtHistories is located in the Center for Image Science, housed in a 14th century Monastery, which holds also the historic Göttweig collection, with more than 30.000 original graphics, etchings, prints etc., dating from the Renaissance and Baroque era until today. It contains works of various German, Italian, Dutch, French and British artists (from Dürer to Klimt…). This allows contextualization of the latest media art in its art and image history as the courses work directly with originals - from book illustration to photography to the most contemporary media art.

MediaArtHistories MA is also based on the international praxis and expertise in Curation, Collecting, Preserving and Archiving and Researching in the Media Arts. What are, for example, the conditions necessary for a wider consideration of media art works and of new media in these collections of the international contemporary art scene? And in which way can new databases and other scientific tools of structuring and visualizing data provide new contexts and enhance our understanding of semantics?