[artinfo] MA Media Design Student Opportunities

matthew fuller fuller at xs4all.nl
Tue Jun 7 17:37:54 CEST 2005

MA Media Design Student Opportunities:

The Master of Arts in Media Design is a two-year full-time course offered 
by the Piet Zwart Institute.

Systems not surfaces
Too often, media design has simply been the arrangement of pixels and 
plug-ins. For us, the computer and the networks are where dynamics that are 
aesthetic, social, political, technical, linguistic, rhythmic, economic and 
numerical, meet and shape each other. The role of the designer is to track, 
sort and remix these dynamics in relation to others.

Technology, theory, practice
In a working context where software is doing half the thinking and doing 
for you, where is the divide between theory, technology and practice? This 
course is committed to a fundamental revaluation of the division between 
these terms. We will look for and invent the technology that is in media 
philosophy; find the conceptuality of an operating system; and design in a 
way that synthesises the power of all three.

Work is carried out as a series of group and self-initiated projects. A 
primary focus of the work is the internet, education in these technologies 
is a staple part of our work.

Media Design Research
Alongside the MA programme we run a series of unique international research 
projects. These bring students in daily contact with leading designers, 
artists, and theorists, establishing a special environment for creative 
work in networked and computational digital media.

Find more information about projects, staff, facilities, application, 
international students, etc. contact: Leslie Robbins l.j.drost-robbins AT 

The Piet Zwart Institute is the postgraduate study and research programme 
of the Willem de Kooning Academy Hogeschool Rotterdam

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