Study in the Media Arts and Practices Programme

About the MA Programme Media Arts and Practices

The two-year master programme has been developed within the international (EU-supported) ADRIART project. The programme's Carrier Modules are Animation, Film, Photography, New Media and Contemporary Art Practices and Scenographic Spaces (in 2013/14 at University of Nova Gorica School of Arts Carrier Modules Film, New Media and Contemporary Art Practices were implemented; at Academy of Applied Arts University of Rijeka Scenographic Spaces and Intermedia/Contemporary Art Practices were implemented). In the application the candidate presents master thesis project idea, or alternatively describe his/her motives in the choice of specific media and professional way.

< Programme Handbook (UNG, 2014)>

Along the entire programme of study, the student is closely connected with peers and mentors: The Carrier Module leader is usually the “expert mentor”, who guides the development of the student’s master thesis project and the overall in-depth acquisition of knowledge and skills within the chosen area. The expert mentors are also engaged within the Progress Track, where they are complemented by the “progress mentor”, guiding all enrolled students through group or individual meetings, through the Studio coursework and towards the Master Thesis. Every student also selects a personal tutor to accompany her/him throughout the study process.

Curriculum Structure

Progress Track
is an innovative module consisted of compulsory semester-long course runs (in chronological order), as module implementation stages: Initial Progress Track, Interim Progress Track, Final Progress Track (4 ECTS each in 3 consecutive semesters). The major objective of this module is to provide each student with ... > Read more

Carrier Module
Carrier modules comprises the vertical structure of 3 semesters to support the student's individual pathway in gradually attaining full competence in the selected area : Animation // Intermedia / Contemporary Art Practices // Film // New Media / Interactive Technologies // Photography // Scenographic Spaces ... > Read more 

Studio
Within the Studio Module the student is required to take one Studio per semester 1, 2 and 3 from a minimum of two choices offered per semester. A Studio course is a collective, congested study experience, closely connected to a student’s individual Carrier Module implementation. As a self-standing course it connects the areas of more Carrier Modules into a cohesive topic-based and research-oriented production. Often realised as a site-specific project in workshop form, it treats a specific topic in an interdisciplinary way. The offer, as well as profile (content) of Studios is “sensitive” to the realm choices of each year’s student cohort. ... > Read more

TIP - Techniques in Practice /and/ DIP - Discourses in Practice
Throughout the entire course of study students take a variety of smaller “courselets” that provide them with competencies required for their final master project. Taking into account the individual student’s entry skills and knowledge, the selections are partially ruled by the student’s selection of the Carrier Module and negotiated with mentors within the Progress Track module. These courselets are organised within three supportive modules: Techniques in Practice (TIP), Discourses in Practice (DIP) and Selections in Practice (SIP) which are all compulsory, meaning that students have to earn ECTS from each (please consult the diagrams). The Selections in Practice (SIP) module represents the so called “open part” of the curriculum, offering the students in the first year to freely choose any of the smaller units offered under TIP or DIP, perhaps attend an additional Studio course, or accredit any of the externally attained level- and area-relevant credits.

SIP - Selections in Practice
represents the so called “open part” of the curriculum. The module offers the students in the first two semesters (4 ECTS each) to freely choose any of the smaller units offered under TIP or DIP, or even attend an additional Studio module run of 4 ECTS, or alternatively accredit any of the externally attained level- and area-relevant credits.

Master Thesis  
The Master Thesis compulsory module consists of two compulsory courses in the second year of study: Master Thesis Preparation (semester 3) reflects on the methodology of the master project production and leads to a full research-based concept for the written part of the master thesis; the Master Thesis course (semester 4) is ultimately where the student accomplishes the programme both in terms of theory (written paper, including project documentation) and practice (project/product), drawing also from the competences acquired in Carrier-Module based sequence of Studios and the selections within the supportive modules. Here the student finishes and evaluates the master project, produces the written part of the master thesis, and defends both in front of a committee.