The Master’s Study Programme in Spatial Strategies deals with the theme of space overall, including its production, appropriation, and design in terms of an extended, dynamic definition of space. In the face of the increasing medialisation of the public (and private) sphere and the increasing dissolution of distinct boundaries between individual disciplines such as interior design, architecture, design, urbanism, art, and media, the Master’s Study Programme was developed to address the increasing demand for qualified university graduates within these interdisciplinary professions.
The main focus will be on (temporary) Spatial Design, Scenography, and Spatial Intervention as an act of communication. The main emphasis on project work which integrates both analysis and research processes will be the foundation for the study of new (transversal) forms of knowledge and expertise, in which the threshold between artistic and scientific modes of practice will be a key factor.
The curriculum is interface-oriented, i.e. courses are integrated from the Muthesius Academy’s Fine Arts and Design curriculum, as well as from its external network. After the first basic semester, students can choose between two major subjects and will focus on an individual area of expertise:
Space and Scenography
Research based Spatial Intervention
Applicants for the Master’s Study Programme in Spatial Strategies can be graduates of Bachelor or Diploma programmes in the disciplines of Fine Arts, Stage Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Visual Communication, Design, or any other design-oriented study programmes.
Space and Scenography
The focus of the content is geared towards scenic design and the spatial settings using new media. The aim is a theoretical deisgn of communication and interaction spaces.
Developing and professionally implementing concepts for such spaces and their utilisation as “locations of emotional learning” is the central design skill taught in these courses. This comprises both the interdisciplinary cultural discourse on different spatial phenomena and academic project development as a form of intervention in pre-defined spatial structures, which generates new spatial and utlisation concepts. By the use of “reactive media” this enables and provokes overlaps and interferences of imaginary and real environments.
The increasing entanglement of image-construction procedures of architectural space in constructed interiors and in the process-like development of urban space represent the starting point of a discourse on the relation between real and virtual spaces. An important element here is the increasingly significant virtual communication spaces and their relation to real spaces. In scene-oriented design, newly experienceable communication and interaction spaces based on specific themes can be developed artistically and academically.
Prof. Manfred Schulz
Research-Based Spatial Intervention
The focal point is geared towards spatial research, spatial interventions and projects in public spaces. Urban exteriors or interiors of public character are at the centre of strategies of spatial analysis and intervention whereby space is understood as the social production process of perception, utilisation and adaptation. The interplay between research-analytical and artistic-intervention strategies is put at the centre of the discourse on concrete spatial situations and social contexts. Discourse-analytical abilites are linked with design skills, medial strategies with spatial scenographies. Located between Urban Design, Art in Public Spaces and situative Urbanismus, in this Master’s focal point we strive for a transdisciplinary professionalism which contains urban curator skills in addition to design individuality. What is decisive is the cultivation of abilities to analyse, visualise and chart complex social contexts, and to develop scenographic spatial concepts based on process-oriented knowledge schooled in narrative which justify the multifaceted demands of today’s public spaces. Public spaces are always to be conceived as an amalgam of the material and immaterial, of concrete and virtual elements.
The major focus of Research-Based Spatial Intervention correspondingly offers transdisciplinary methods on this theme which would like to develop forward-looking design approaches on the basis of the analysis of current problematic situations.
Prof. Christian Teckert