As indicated by its name, the Department of Art Research and Media Philosophy aspires to teach both image and text competence. Since the 2012/13 winter semester, students have been able to choose between the two majors of Art Research and Philosophy. The other subject then becomes the minor subject.

Unlike traditional art history studies, the Art Research courses at HfG Karlsruhe offer a more methodical than purely historical approach to the field. The focus is on modern and contemporary art as well as on aesthetic theory. The department is also open to the aesthetic phenomena emerging beyond art, such as the imagery of the mass media and the consumer phenomena.

In the study of Media Philosophy, in addition to teaching the subject’s traditional knowledge, current forms of media production are also explored and tested in social and political context. The affiliation with Philosophy courses at a university of arts and design offers students the chance to analyze and practice philosophy in an artistic way. In cooperation with students of Media Art or the design courses, theory can easily be translated into real-life projects. By cooperating with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the University of Heidelberg, the study programs at HfG have been significantly extended.

Since the study program is similar in structure to the former Magister programs at these universities, students have the freedom to develop their own personal study profile. A PhD program is also offered in the fields of Art Research and Philosophy.

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