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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 core 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.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, Roger MALINA, Jens HAUSER, Jeffrey SHAW, Jussi PARIKKA, Sean CUBITT,Oliver GRAU, Christa SOMMERER, Edward SHANKEN, Frieder NAKE, Machiko KUSAHARA, Nat MULLER, Monika FLEISCHMANN, Knowbotic Research, Andreas LANGE, Christopher SALTER, Darko FRITZ and others.

OBJECTIVES - 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.
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 September 2019
Certificate Certified Program Master of Arts - MA Master of Arts - Advanced
Duration 2 semesters, parallel to employment, low residency 4 semesters, parallel to employment, low residency 5 semesters with Internship, 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 Wendy Jo Coones, M.Ed.
Phone: +43 (0)2732 893-2543, Fax: +43 (0)2732 893-4551
Details Certified Program MediaArtHistories
MediaArtHistories MA is 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?

Since its beginnings in 2006, Danube University’s prestigious MediaArtHistories MA has offered its students both a deeper critical comprehension and a practical orientation regarding the most important developments of this most contemporary art, by building on its faculty network of renowned international theorists, artists, and curators. These faculty come from across the globe to give seminars during the ten-day modules held at Danube University, and from their home universities maintain through online network and project collaboration individualized instruction with students throughout the program.

MediaArtHistories coursework is held in English and acceptance into the program requires either a Bachelor’s degree (or higher), or equivalent relevant work experience. In addition to individual study and project work at your home location, students gather 2-3 times a year for intense five/ten-day seminars with internationally renowned media artists and scholars. These enriching sessions take place at Danube University in Krems, Austria or another European location relevant to the community of media art, such as Linz, Austria as well as Karlsruhe and Berlin, Germany. 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 modules take place on the Danube University Campus and 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.