Experiences at universities of art and design show that an increased offer of theory or the expansion of the relevant compulsory course merely place practical design and theoretical reflection unconnectedly next to each other.
The basic idea of the Institute for Art, Design and Media Studies is the concept of a “double track”: If, on the one hand, it is about the systematic teaching of theoretical content from aesthetics, art and image history, as well as media and cultural theory, on the other hand, theoretical work and reflection is necessary, which is understood from the practice, the “matter” of design and its problems. It calls for direct cooperation between the courses and the Institute of Art, Design and Media Studies.
The general theory offered goes beyond the imparting of subject-specific knowledge, lays scientific foundations, highlights contemporary developments and debates, and examines their historical preconditions. The “practice-reflecting” theory work corresponds additionally to the implementation of joint projects with special theory offerings, furthermore the “Interdisciplinary Weeks” regularly organized by the Forum and the “Experimental Space” with lectures, seminars and projects on current topics as well as the testing of new forms of teaching such as the format of the “studio visit” with opportunity for topic-centered discussion, work discussion or theoretical short seminars at the location of the work itself.
The Institute for Art, Design and Media Studies is responsible for the fields of aesthetics, cultural and media studies as well as art history and visual cultures. The Forum is associated with it. In accordance with the respective study and examination regulations, the contents are taught via lectures, seminars and exercises as compulsory subjects in all BA and MA courses. Parts of the theory teaching can be offered in cooperation with the Christian-Albrechts-University. Furthermore, the increase of the theory part in the teaching corresponds to the general tendency of a scientification of all competences. Just as a “knowledge society” is defined to a large extent by science and technology, this also applies increasingly to design work and art. The theory offered at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts seeks to take this into account by expanding its offerings to include visual, and cultural and media studies.
Important information for art student teachers
In order that the achievements in the field of art history/art theory, which have been made at the IKDM of the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts, can be entered into the examination system of the CAU, we ask the students to have a certificate issued by the respective lecturer, which shows the achievement made (title of the course, SWS, examination achievement, etc.). As long as the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts does not have access to the digital student online function (HIS-QIS), these services will be forwarded to the examination office by Prof. Dr. Beuckers (email@example.com) and Martina Ide, OStR’in i.H. (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please get in contact with them.
PROF.IN DR. PHIL. HABIL. CHRISTIANE KRUSE
Art history and visual cultures
PROF.IN DR. PHIL. HABIL. PETRA MARIA MEYER
Cultural and media studies with a focus on philosophy
PROF. DR. NORBERT M. SCHMITZ
Institute of Art, Design and Media Studies: Aesthetics
DR. ARNE ZERBST
Lecturer IKDM and Time Based Media
DR. MELANIE LESSMANN
Lecturer for art analysis
DR. CHRISTINE KORTE-BEUCKERS
IKDM, Art History
Design science and history
IKDM Doctoral Seminar
DR. MAREN WELSCH
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