July 21, 2006

Master Program in MediaArtHistories at Danube University Krems

Danube University

Center for Image Science, Danube University Krems

Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Str. 30, A-3500 Krems

Tel: 43(0)2732.893.2542

Fax: 43(0)2732.893.4550

[email protected]

Master in MediaArtHistories (English)

Master in Photography (German)

Master in Image Management (German)

First worldwide Master Program in MediaArtHistories –

International Image Studies parallel to your full-time career

The Center for Images Science/Department for Applied Cultural Studies of Danube University Krems will be introducing in November 2006 a unique study program dealing with questions of visual history, representation and medial experience.

Master in MediaArtHistories

The MediaArtHistories masters program offered in English language conveys the most important developments of contemporary art through a network of renowned international theorists, artists and curators like Steve Dietz, Erkki Huhtamo, Lev Manovich, Christiane Paul, Jens Hauser, Paul Sermon, Oliver Grau and many others. This international network, interconnected with Krems and its University will significantly enliven the one-of-a-kind scientific infrastructure composed at Danube University Krems by the possibility to use the art historical collections of the monastery Göttweig and the new databases (

At no other place in the world nowadays are media students given the opportunity to study all image media and the history of images surrounded by originals. Key competencies conveyed also include issues of digital archiving, long time preservation of collections, conservation, new strategies of media storage and distribution plus granting an ideal combination of traditional knowledge and advanced technology.

Using online databases and other modern aids, knowledge of computer animation, net art, interactive, telematic and genetic art as well as the most recent reflections on nano art, CAVE installations, augmented reality and wearables are introduced. Artists and programmers give new insights into the latest software and interface developments. “Historical derivations that go far back into art and media history” says Grau “are tied in intriguing ways to digital art”. Thus the Center offers further master courses in the history of photography, iconography and image management.

Setting, Location and Technical Facilities

The Center for Image Science (CIS) is situated in the beautiful landscape of the Wachau, Austria — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — in the Göttweig Monastary. The idyllic surroundings, home to first-class wines and food, with a rich and wide variety of cultural events, plus facilities for a wide range of sports, all offer students the highest quality of life.

Additional resources for students’ use:

– The Göttweig Monastery’s collection of graphic reproductions, which comprises ca. 30,000 prints.

– The Database for Virtual Art (, the largest archive of digital art.

– The specialist library for European art history, which contains ca. 21,000 volumes.

– The Text and Video Database on media art history (

– The collection of images and slides with ca. 130,000 original records of European art history.

Course Structure

All courses offered at the Center for Image Science allow parallel full-time employment. Individual supervision in small groups creates an ideal study situation. The courses are structured in modules and can be combined individually. Weekly blocks of modules, which combine theory and praxis, facilitate the acquisition of integrated knowledge and are supplemented through competent supervision outside the on-site phases through e-learning units.

Valuable Experience for future oriented tasks

In almost every field practical and theoretical knowledge about how images originate, function, are exploited, their history and their effects is an essential prerequisite for acquiring image competence in the digital age. The educational programs at Danube University Krems offer an ideal possibility to gain valuable experience and knowledge in order to face future challenges in the art, cultural and media sector.

For current information on the course program, visit

Applications are possible until September 15th 2006.

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