The standard period of study for the joint program is four semesters. The participants complete the first semester at their home university, where they gain specific knowledge of their field of study. The second and third semesters are completed at the respective partner university. Participants then return to their home universities to complete their fourth (thesis) semester.
The language of instruction is English: The institutions ensure that an adequate number of courses are offered in English: With sufficient knowledge of German, students may also attend courses taught in German. All academic activities, including assignments, examinations and thesis presentations are conducted or administered in English. The course of study builds on the respective qualifications and offers experience in the respective fields. A new interaction space (for instructors and students equally), in which the common fields of research can be pursued. New expressions should be encouraged through co-operation experiences. The goal is to increase the competitiveness of the students in their disciplines as well as in crossing borders.
Students start with their 1st semester at their home university. The next two semesters they study at the partner university. The final semester with the Master's thesis they study at their home university again. General course language is English, in which also the Master's thesis is written and presented.
1st Semester: Foundation
The foundation semester provides an introduction to the theory and practice of Media Architecture. Basic concepts in the design and analysis of architectonic and medial space are introduced through structured projects developed in the context of the design studio. Coordinated seminars and workshops address core competencies and skills, both intellectual and practical. This semester is designed to give students entering the program with different academic backgrounds a common platform for their studies in Media Architecture.
2nd Semester: Expansion
Following the foundation semester, students cross the Atlantic and continue their studies at the respective partner institution. This semester provides the student with the opportunity to both broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the field through a combination of studio projects, coordinated seminars and workshops. The intention of the expansion semester is to diversify the perspectives by which the student apprehends the field.
3rd Semester: Pre-thesis
During the Pre-thesis semester, students conduct research on a specific topic that they will pursue for their Master's Thesis. Research is organized around seminars, workshops and independent study. Student progress reviews are conducted periodically throughout this semester by a committee consisting of a faculty member at the current institution together with a faculty member from the home institution via videoconference. This semester focuses on the development of the Thesis Proposal and culminates with the presentation of this proposal.
4th Semester: Thesis
Students then return across the Atlantic to their home institution and the program culminates with the production of a Master's Thesis project during the final semester. Before commencing the thesis, all required coursework needs to be completed successfully (see Thesis). Students work independently with a dedicated faculty member at each institution. The semester culminates with a public presentation and defence of the Thesis with 2 faculty members (1 from each partner institution) participating via remote telematic sessions.
The master‘s program provides the students with instrumental, as well as conceptual skills:
The integrative nature of the International MediaArchitecture Master Studies program offers graduates perspectives in many different professional fields. Concrete areas of application include traditional architecture as well as trade fair, event and film architecture, the design of exhibitions, staging, media and wayfinding systems as well as in the fields of knowledge production and image representation and urban design and engineering disciplines.
After graduation, alumni of International MediaArchitecture Master Studies will work in the interfacing areas of media and architecture such as:
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