Theory of Interactive Media

New media in art and culture.

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The Theory of Interactive Media (TIM) focuses on the study of new media art. New media art refers to a wide range of artistic works and practices that reflect a key aspect of contemporary civilization – the pervasiveness and transformative impact on culture and society of information and communication technologies (ICT). The mission of the study programme is to balance the instrumental and utilitarian approach of informatics and computer science to the study of ICT by investigating creative ways to deal with new media while using methods of media philosophy and media aesthetics or media studies; in this way, the study programme follows the humanities tradition.

The TIM study programme is particularly suitable for the ‘born digital’ generation, which is equipped with computer literacy by playing computer games, through relationships built across on-line social networks and the physical world, and by creating their own audio/visual works in the new media environment in which it is natural to see the computer as a tool and a place of creativity and interactivity.

Graduates of the TIM Master’s degree study programme are well oriented in the history of new media art and they deeply understand the greater context of new media art development both as a practice and an academic discipline. They know and are able to correctly use the terminology and methodology of artistic disciplines and media theory. They know the main approaches to the study of new media art and of the new media, and they know the main ideas of the leading experts of new media art. They are able to connect knowledge of new media art history and theory with a knowledge of the new media functional features while they analyse and interpret new media art works.

This is the only study programme focusing on new media studies in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic which offers both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. The instruction is provided by qualified professionals with rich teaching experience who are often actively involved in organizing festivals, curating exhibitions, and producing new media art.

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After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • describe the new media art development in a deeper context, and to explain the differences between stages of new media art history
  • easily use the terminology and methodology of art theory and media theory during the analysis and interpretation of new media art
  • explain the main approaches to the study of new media art and the main ideas of leading experts in new media art
  • describe the specifics of audio-visual production and new media art curatorship
  • formulate a research problem and write a scientific text
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Graduates of the TIM Master’s degree study programme are eligible for independent scientific research, publishing, and creative activities in the field of new media art, which is an important part of the creative industry of the information society.

As specialists in new media art, graduates can find jobs as curators and dramaturges in the creative and organizational teams of new media art festivals and exhibitions. They can work in cultural and heritage institutions, where they can apply their knowledge of the new aesthetic and communication strategies emerging in the new media environment. Many of them will use their skills to work in various kinds of media (radio, television, print, online journalism).

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The standard duration of studies is four semesters. For admittance to the final state examination, students must earn a total of 120 ECTS credits.

Students in the full-time study programme must earn a total of 120 credits for type A/required, type B/selective and type C/elective subjects. Type A/required courses account for 47 credits (including credits for courses focused on writing a Master’s degree thesis), type B/selective courses account for 65 credits, and type C/elective courses account for 8 credits.

Students in the double-subject study programme for whom TIM is the main subject must earn 70 credits. Type A/required courses account for 47 credits (including credits for courses focused on writing a Master’s degree thesis), type B/selective courses account for 19 credits, and type C/elective courses account for 4 credits.

Students in the double-subject study programme for whom TIM is not the main subject must earn 50 credits. Type A/required courses account for 47 credits (including credits for courses focused on writing a Master’s degree minor thesis), type B/selective courses account for 3 credits.

Students in the combined study programme must earn 120 credits. Type A/required courses account for 66 credits (including credits for courses focused on writing a Master’s degree thesis), type B/selective courses account for 46 credits, and type C/elective courses account for 8 credits. Combined study programme students attend lectures together with full-time students. They must attend the lectures at least 4 times per semester on dates to be determined by the teacher.

During the course of their studies, students should follow the study catalogue valid for their year of matriculation. The study catalogues for the individual years of matriculation are available at the Faculty of Arts website.

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Practical training is a part of the type B/selective courses of the TIM study programme.

Over the course of four semesters, students can complete a course of practical training at cultural institutions of at least 40 hours, during which they gain practical experience in cultural institution workflow, festival organization, and independent art scene practice with a focus on new media in art and culture.

The institution in which the practical training is taken is chosen after consultation with the guarantor of the subject. Usually it is a media institution, gallery, museum, or a festival of new media art in the Czech Republic or abroad.

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The advanced Master’s degree final state examination consists of two parts – the defence of Master’s thesis (in case of diploma graduation) and the oral exam from the Theory of interactive media.

Topics of the final state examination are available here: http://www.phil.muni.cz/music/teorie-interaktivnich-medii/komisionalni-zkousky/magisterska-zkouska-z-teorie-interaktivnich-medii

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After completing the Master’s degree study programme, it is possible to continue further studies in a doctoral degree study programme in media studies, contemporary art, or other creative industries at the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Social Sciences, or Faculty of Education at Masaryk University or at other universities.

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Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Theory of Interactive Media
Abbreviation: INME
Code: 8104T014
Type: Master's degree programme (following the Bachelor's one)
Degree: Mgr.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: N8109 N-OT General Theory and History of Arts and Culture
Faculty of Arts
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Arts
Field guarantor:
doc. Mgr. Jana Horáková, Ph.D.

Additional Information

The department web page: http://www.phil.muni.cz/music/

Facebook managed by the TIM students: https://www.facebook.com/tim.ffmu/