The MediaArtHistories MA at Danube University is the only international Master of Arts program focusing on preparing art professionals and researchers through a deep exploration of the diverse histories of Media Art, Science and Technology. The program is a two-year low-residency,either 90 or 120 ECTS Master’s degree offered in English. In addition to individual study and project work at your home location, students gather twice a year for two-week seminars with internationally noted media artists and scholars. These intense and enriching sessions take place at Danube University or another European location relevant to the community of media art, such as Linz, Austria, Berlin, Germany, and Riga, Latvia.
Since its beginnings in 2006, Danube University’s MAH program has offered its students both a deeper critical comprehension and a practical orientation regarding the most important developments of contemporary art, by building on its faculty network of renowned international theorists, artists, and curators. The connections and community that are formed during the two-week modules are maintained with online networking and project collaboration throughout the year.
BRAIN TRUST – Faculty of the MediaArtHistories program have included: Erkki HUHTAMO, Lev MANOVICH, Christiane PAUL, Roger MALINA, Jens HAUSER, Jeffrey SHAW, Jussi PARIKKA, Sean CUBITT, Paul SERMON, Oliver GRAU, Christa SOMMERER, Edward SHANKEN, Frieder NAKE, Machiko KUSAHARA, Nat MULLER, Gunalan NADARAJAN, Monika FLEISCHMANN, Margit ROSEN, Knowbotic Research, Andreas LANGE, Christopher SALTER, Darko FRITZ, Irina ARISTARKHOVA, and others.
CONTENT - Media Art History offers a basis for understanding evolutionary history of audiovisual media, from historic examples such as the Laterna Magica of the 17th century to the algorithmic art of recent decades. Key approaches and methods from Image Science, Media Archaeology and the History of Science & Technology are explored in depth. Courses cover subjects such as computer animation, net art, interactive, telematic and genetic art as well as the most recent reflections on nano art, bio art, video games as art, and digital gender theory.
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
April 25th, 2015
November 5th, 2015 (if attending MAH conference in Montreal) / November 9th, 2015 (if in Krems)
April 23th, 2016
||Master of Arts - MA
||Master of Arts - Advanced
||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
(Info about ECTS)
Phone: +43 (0)2732 893-2569, Fax: +43 (0)2732 893-4550
|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?
MediaArtHistories coursework is held in English, and students can be accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis. Acceptance into the program requires either a Bachelor’s degree (or higher), or equivalent relevant work experience. Students may travel to Europe twice a year for 2-week blocks of study, or can be eligible for student visas for year-round residency. Thus, working professionals can maintain their usual employment, and students entering directly after a Bachelor’s degree will have opportunity to gain aluable career experience while they study. International students to our program have come from locations including Canada, Hong Kong, Ukraine, USA, Japan, Brazil, Iceland, Russia, Egypt, Germany, Austria, Korea and Mexico.
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.