International MediaArchitecture Master Studies (M. Sc.) (englischsprachig)

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

99423 Weimar

International MediaArchitecture Master Studies (IMAMS)

The interdisciplinary, integrated double degree master‘s program entitled International MediaArchitecture Mas­ter Studies (IMAMS) was established in cooperation with the State University of New York, University at Buffalo and offers a unique, international approach to­wards studies in the field of MediaArchitecture.

Throughout the course of studies which is held correspondingly at the Bauhaus-Universität and the University at Buffalo, students are engaged in an inter-faculty learning experience. IMAMS is best accessed via a cross-cultural and mul­tinational educational approach that prepares gradua­tes for a global market. IMAMS provides an academic environment that enables students to understand the cross-cultural implications of digital media in the context of architecture and urban design. After the successful completion, students will be awarded with a Master of Science in MediaArchitecture (M.Sc.) from the Bauhaus- Universität Weimar and a Master of Science in Architec­ture (M.Sc.) from the University at Buffalo, SUNY.

Generally the masters study program, MediaArchitecture, is open to university graduates with a master's degree or diploma in the area of architecture and media, as well as in related disciplines. The post-professional dual degree consists of a Master of Science (in MediaArchitecture) awarded by the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and a Master of Science in Architecture (M.Sc.) awarded by the University at Buffalo.

Study Program: General Information
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.

What does the program offer?
The alliance of architecture with media has three phases that generally describe the topic fields in form and content: First of all architecture is, just as language, text and symbols, itself a medium that not only conveys, processes and saves reality and its meaning, but also produces it. In this sense architecture is always a perception machine, physical technique, semiotic tool, and so on. The best examples are represented by the window as view, image and mirror, glass buildings as panorama or simply the space as a choreography of use. Digital media make the expansion of real space possible and allow for its exchange effect with the virtual space.

Secondly architecture is represented in the media. Architecture circulates in media, which present themselves structurally and discoursely as having the ability to define architecture. Thus the representative forms of architecture (drawing, sketch, model, book, photography, film, virtual reality) as well as the techniques of their distribution contribute to its constitution. On the other hand architecture effects other media and serves as a model for them itself.

Thirdly architecture doubles itself virtually by making or simulating a completely individual architecture from the artificial worlds based on new technology so that new ty­pologies of immersion spaces are developed. Thereby it in turn becomes clear that architecture is always a prototype of such an immersion space. Here architecture offers the metaphors, the language, as well as the structure for order and for the navigation of knowledge.

Skills and qualifications:
The master‘s program provides the students with instrumental, as well as conceptual skills:
  • Technical mastering of advanced media tools in the con-text of architecture (construction, presentation, simulation programs)
  • Use of new digital technology in space and its interaction with architectural considerations (intelligent building, media facades etc.)
  • Complex understanding of architecture as a medium, as well as the media of architecture (theories of architecture, media, art)
  • Ability for interdisciplinary co-operation between media artists, architects and art academics
  • Development of a debate culture, critical skills, generation of innovative approaches etc.

And after my studies?
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:

  • Digital planning, presentation techniques, computer graphics and architectural visualization
  • Architecture and media
  • Architecture and image theory
  • Cultural techniques in architecture
  • Scenography
  • Computer-aided interdisciplinary work
  • Interface design
  • Studiengebühren: siehe Website
  • Voraussetzung: Abgeschlossenes Studium
  • Studienbeginn: Wintersemester
  • Regelstudienzeit: 4 Semester
  • Studienabschluss: Master of Science
  • Referenz-Nr: AUBI-12374 (in der Bewerbung bitte angeben)
  • siehe Website
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