All of the Diploma courses at HfG Karlsruhe center around Media Art. This study program not only offers its students an extraordinary artistic training with the latest media technologies, but it also gives students the opportunity to conduct research on where Media Art is heading in the future. For an innovative education, internationally renowned artists and culture producers are a must if the education is to have expressive qualities of different media formats. Beyond this, content and concepts need to be at the forefront of the education.

With its subjects like Digital Art/InfoArt, Film, Photography, Video and Moving Image, the Department of Media Art represents HfG’s artistic core. This extensive range is completed by the Sound Department and the 3D Lab.

Throughout the years, the Media Art Department has remained true to HfG’s founding rector’s original vision: Heinrich Klotz (†1999) wanted to establish a long-term “electronic Bauhaus” at HfG. Innovative research and teaching are essential elements in HfG’s Department of Media Art.

An important aspect of the department is that the disciplines have no set curriculum. Learning objectives, learning content and learning processes are constantly being redefined by each professor. This principle gives the entire Media Art Department a dynamic and innovative curriculum.

The Department of Media Art’s studios are all state-of-the-art and fully equipped, enabling the student to be diverse in creating new productions. The main objectives of the training are for the students to learn the technical skills to create media art and develop their aesthetic judgment.

The field of Digital Art /InfoArt deals with the current information culture’s revolutionary transformation. The phenomenon of data visualization is examined in a broad context. Following the principle of “Content driven technology”, these fields are mainly occupied with network- and 3D-based real-time phenomena, often being applied artistically in public spaces.

The study of Film is not limited to the traditional narrative format of storytelling, but explores and develops new concepts and formats in the fields of documentary, experimental and auteur film. Film theory plays an important role in the student’s education.

The study of Photography gives students the opportunity to investigate the possibilities of how to expand the concept of media and redefine it. Along with the aspect of transcultural phenomena, the process of technology-related production, distribution and presentation of the photography’s medium all play an important role in the program.

Video Art is a relatively young and, nevertheless, almost classical time-based medium. It is represented at HfG in both installation works and linear storytelling. The students’ awareness of their profession is also sharpened through historical reflections and references.

The study of Moving Image focuses on moving image installation and examines the technical, aesthetic, and post-production conditions, forms and poetics of moving images and their media, this especially includes taking into account the digital production. Along with the presentation mode, the curatorial strategies and meanings of exhibiting moving images are strongly integrated into the development process of the artistic work.

The Sound Lab is supplied by the different approaches of the interdisciplinary projects’ diversity which can be divided into the areas of electronic and electroacoustic music, experimental radio play, sound installation and film sound. The focus is on the acoustic forms of play between art and media. Founded in 2003 to organize the activities and concerts outside of the university, the independent audiovisual label ichiigai are experts at fusing sound, music, video and art.

The groundbreaking Expanded 3Digital Cinema Laboratory is HfG’s international research center for 3D stereoscopic content and workflows. The HfG’s study focus of “Creative Stereoscopy” is truly one of a kind.

Website Digitale Kunst/InfoArt
Website Film
Website Fotografie
Website Sound
Website 3D-Labor
Website GameLab

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