Call for Master Media Design & Communication applications: new study paths in Lens-Based Media & Experimental Publishing

Call for Master Media Design & Communication applications: new study paths in Lens-Based Media & Experimental Publishing

Piet Zwart Institute

Photo: Aad Hoogendoorn, Masters 2015.

January 22, 2016
Call for Master Media Design & Communication applications: new study paths in Lens-Based Media & Experimental Publishing

First deadline: February 1, 2016
Second deadline: March 1
Final deadline: May 15 (EU only)

The Piet Zwart Institute Master Media Design & Communication is a research orientated master programme, with a strong emphasis on the connection between practice and theory. The course—focused on practice-led research through project-based work—will equip you to create a distinctive voice as an artist/designer in the contemporary media landscape.

The course is a two-year, full-time, international, English-language study programme. It comprises six study trimesters. The first three include thematic seminars, technical sessions and a reading, writing and research methodologies seminar to support your developing research path. The last three are focused on your individual graduation project with tailored tutorial support.

Next to the staff tutors, who are internationally recognized practitioners in their fields, we invite a wide range of distinguished international guest lecturers.

This academic year we are establishing two new specialist study paths to allow students to intensively engage with a particular aspect of the contemporary media landscape.

Study path: Lens-Based Media
The Lens-Based Media study route focuses on approaching animation, photography, and the full range of contemporary cinematic forms as a single expanded field.

We provide a learning environment that recognises the convergence of previously distinct analogue imaging media into a single digital workflow. We support new forms of analysis and creative practice that treat images as plastic, open to recombination, manipulation and shaping.  We will support you in exploring the ways that the images you create might use these new potentials in innovative ways to engage contemporary audiences.

You will be encouraged to develop fluency across the whole range of lens-based media, to create a strong individual visual language and an original subjective vision, and to employ your developing fluency and skills to create ambitious and distinctive new approaches to both cinema and photography.

We seek students who recognise that the future of lens-based images lies in the proliferation of new forms, working methods and delivery platforms: new forms of cinematic narrative, interactive visual media, photographic and cinematic gallery installation, cross-media narrative, database film technologies, site-specific projection projects, and many more hybrid forms that loop together both digital and analogue techniques.

If you wish to develop a critical and creative practice within the expanding field of lens-based media, this master’s programme will be a stimulating environment for your research and studio practice.


Study path: Experimental Publishing
From app stores to art book fairs and zine shops, from darknets to sneakernets, from fansubs to on-demand services, and from tweeting to whistleblowing, the act of making things public, that is to say
publishing, has became pivotal in an age infused with myriad media technologies.

The tension between the publishing heritage and novel forms of producing and sharing information has shown that old dichotomies such as analog versus digital, or local versus global, have grown increasingly irrelevant given their bond with hybrid media practices based on both old and new technologies, and their existence within mixed human and machine networks. This is why by publishing we mean to engage with a broad set of intermingled and collaborative practices, both inherited and to be invented, so as to critically explore and actively engage with an ecosystem in which multi-layered interactions occur that are:

–social, technical, cultural and political
–involving actors both human and algorithmic
–and mediated by networks of distribution and communication of varying scales and visibility

For this journey, we seek students motivated to challenge the protocols of publishing (in all its (im)possible forms) using play, fiction and ambiguity as methods and strategies of production and presentation, in order to experiment on the threshold of what is possible, desirable, allowed or disruptive, in this ever expanding field.


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Call for applications: new study paths in Piet Zwart Institute's Master Media Design & Communication program for 2016–17

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