Merz Academy

BMerz Academy

Merz Academy, University of Design, Art and Media

The “Free Academy for Cognition and Design,” as the Merz Academy was called in 1918, the year it was founded, already sought to integrate intellectual and physical work into a single process. Today, in many ways, the academy has elevated this maxim to its mission statement. It pursues an integral, reformist-didactic objective and the further development of pedagogy and education based on the reformist pedagogy of Albrecht Leo Merz.

In 1985, the Merz Academy was granted state accreditation as a college of higher education [Fachhochschule] by the Ministry for Sciences and Art. The college, administered by the Merz Academy GmbH as a non-profit organization, was institutionally accredited by the German Council of Science and the Humanities in 2008, which was followed by accreditations for the bachelor’s program “Design, Art and Media” with the Pathways “Film and Video,” “New Media,” and “Visual Communication,” as well as for the master’s degree program “Knowledge Development in Design, Art, and Media.”

With the Merz Academy’s clear interest in the disciplines of the humanities, social, and cultural studies, design, and art, as well technology, the academy positions itself between a classical art academy, a technical college, and a humanities faculty. The academy’s tasks include activities in teaching, research, and further education that facilitate the professional and academic formation and further education of designers and authors in the area of media on a scholarly, artistic, and technological basis.

Merz Academy

Bachelor of Arts,Design, Art and Media

Combining the study in design with an interest in media culture and cultural theory is one of the most important features of the Merz Academy. The goal of the bachelor’s program is to develop competence in design, art, and media, a competence that comprises various qualifications. Students combine theory, art, and technology in novel ways and learn to transfer their knowledge into innovative media projects. For this reason, the program is strongly content oriented. Research, argumentation, scholarly work, reflection on the context of one’s own work as well as knowledge about relevant theoretical discourses are tools that are every bit as important as learning computer programs or drawing a straight line. By means of small, manageable groups, the Merz Academy facilitates close contact between students and their teachers, allowing for individual encouragement and the willingness to commit to the ideas and goals of the students. Furthermore, the academy offers outstanding technical facilities and a work and study atmosphere that supports experimentation and allows for results outside the mainstream. The bachelor’s program in design, art, and media is aimed at those beginning their studies. The program lasts 7 semesters and concludes with the nationally recognized title “Bachelor of Arts.” The accredited program includes the study areas Film and Video, New Media, and Visual Communication.

Merz Academy

Master of Arts,Developing Knowledge in Design, Art, and Media

The three-semester master’s program, “Developing Knowledge in Design, Art, and Media”, is aimed at graduates with degrees in art or design, as well as scholars in the humanities.
It provides participants with the possibility to follow their own artistic research projects in the areas of Film and Video, New Media, or Visual Communication. In interdisciplinary teams, jointly led by professors of theory and design, students’ own aesthetic practices are developed on the basis of intensive research, and are reflected in their social significance.
The program focuses on how aesthetic strategies develop knowledge, thus addressing the increasing importance of knowledge engineering in contemporary society. Particular emphasis is put on calling into question the seemingly obvious current stateof knowledge. At the same time, the personal development of students is encouraged as they self-confidently learn to develop, determine, and represent the original potential of their thinking and their own individual artistic-creative practice.

The master’s degree aims to combine artistic-creative strategies and theoretical gains in knowledge, in which there is equal input from the implicit knowledge of the arts and the aesthetic conditions of generating new knowledge. In terms of content, the research in two alternately offered programs is aimed at critically analyzing culture and society.
The master’s program begins in the winter semester.

Merz Academy

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Studies

Bachelor of Arts

Combining the study in design with an interest in media culture and cultural theory is one of the most important features of the Merz Academy. The goal of the bachelor’s program is to develop competence in design, art, and media,
a competence that comprises various qualifications. Students combine theory, art, and technology in novel ways and learn to transfer their knowledge into innovative media projects. For this reason, the program is strongly content oriented. Research, argumentation, scholarly work, reflection on the context of one’s own work as well as knowledge about relevant theoretical discourses are tools that are every bit as important as learning computer programs or drawing a straight line.

By means of small, manageable groups, the Merz Academy facilitates close contact between students and their teachers, allowing for individual encouragement and the willingness to commit to the ideas and goals of the students. Furthermore, the academy offers outstanding technical facilities and a work and study atmosphere that supports experimentation and allows for results outside the mainstream. The bachelor’s program in design, art, and media is aimed at those beginning their studies. The program lasts 7 semesters and concludes with the nationally recognized title “Bachelor of Arts.” The accredited program includes the study areas Film und Video, New Media, and Visual Communication.

Fields of study

New Media
The program in the New Media Pathway focuses on realizing processes and interactions. Students do not simply create forms and surfaces, they also come up with tools of communication and conceive their qualities and usages.… More

Film and Video

The goal of the field of study Film and Video is to qualify students in artistic or creative authorship in the area of time-based media, in particular film and video. The entails procuring advanced competence in media.… More

Visual Communication

Visual Communication does not mean “neatly” unpacking some pre-existing contents. At the Merz Academy, on the contrary, it is about authors producting their own independent achievements in communication.… More

Theory
Digitalization is leading to an increasing convergence of technical practices within professional areas that are traditionally and socio-economically still extremely heterogeneous. This program, therefore, is dedicated to facilitating argumentation and work that is discriminating, principally conceptual, and theoretically based.… More

 

 

Master of Arts

The three-semester master’s program, Developing Knowledge in Design, Art, and Media, is aimed at graduates with degrees in art or design, as well as scholars in the humanities.It provides participants with the possibility to follow their own artistic research projects in the areas of Film and Video, New Media, or Visual Communication. In interdisciplinary teams, jointly led by professors of theory and design, students’ own aesthetic practices are developed on the basis of intensive research, and are reflected in their social significance.The program focuses on how aesthetic strategies develop knowledge, thus addressing the increasing importance of knowledge engineering in contemporary society. Particular emphasis is put on calling into question the seemingly obvious current state of knowledge. At the same time, the personal development of students is encouraged as they self-confidently learn to develop, determine, and represent the original potential of their thinking and their own individual artistic-creative practice.

The master’s degree aims to combine artistic-creative strategies and theoretical gains in knowledge, in which there is equal input from the implicit knowledge of the arts and the aesthetic conditions of generating new knowledge. In terms of content, the research in two alternately offered programs is aimed at critically analyzing culture and society.

The master’s program begins in the winter semester.

More info can be found on the Master course page

 

 

CONTACT

 

Contact

Merz Akademie
Hochschule für Gestaltung,
Kunst und Medien, Stuttgart
Teckstraße 58
70190 Stuttgart
Germany

Tel: +49-711-26866-0
Fax: +49-711-26866-21
info@merz-akademie.de

Press / public relations
Telephone:+49-711-26866-77 (-78)
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Students Secretariat
Telephone: +49-711-26866-25
Opening hours:
Mo.-Fr., 9-12 and 13-15 o’clock
studienbuero@merz-akademie.de

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