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Interdisciplinary study programs: European School of Visual Arts POITIERS’ MASTER in ART & SCIENCE

July 25th, 2009 by Daniela Reimann


As we know, art and science are still organized rather separate from each another in most education systems both at school and university level, which is an internationally recognizable phenomena. However, innovation rather seems to be facilitated through bringing together diverse approaches, thinking models, learning cultures, qualifications as well as skills of people working together in multi-teams.  I am quite interested in more systematic approaches (as opposed to the single project initiatives which usually stop as soon as the project money is spent but the research still has to be done and reports have to be written) linking the arts, aesthetic processes and artistic strategies to (computer) science and technology, in order to innovate (media and art) education. Education is still strongly characterized by the ongoing reproduction of the old curricula as well as education and thinking models referring to a teaching tradition focused on single disciplines rather than facilitating interdisciplinary team based learning arrangements.  – Actually that’s why Nina Czegledy and LEF I introduced the Leonardo Education Forum’s initiative on media art, science and technology in education we currently work on , in conjunction with media art festivals and conferences I reported and will report about here).

However, in the context of the introduction of new study programs and trans disciplinary curricula, I came across the European School of Visual Arts POITIERS’ MASTER in ART AND SCIENCE program which is currently on call for applications. I am quite curious about the project based approach.  Hubertus von Amelunxen, the rector of the European School of Visual Arts/ École européenne supérieure de l’image Poitiers,  was the former director of ISNM Lübeck, International School of New Media, which he founded together with Michael Herczeg (director of IMIS/Uni LÜBECK) . In 2000 they initiated the research model project Theory and Practice of Integrated Arts and Computer Science in Education” (ArtDeCom) bringing together art, design and computer science in general education, which was then funded for 3 years under the German “Cultural Education in the Media Age“  (KuBiM) program.  It was followed by the KiMM initiative which started in 2004).

Here is the call:

”Unique in Europe, this Master’s permits motivated students who have a study project in art or science to do courses in art and epistemology and to :

– acquire a high level of competence in a specialization (art and science, epistemology, history of science, cybernetics, history and culture of techniques, cognitive sciences, phenomenology, text/image relationships, the use of digital devices in film making and live performances, in cinematography and in interactive writing and multmedia….)

– become independent in their research, with the possibility of developing a project in keeping with the main axes of the FORELL and XLIM-SIC laboratories, the European School of Visual Arts (ÉESI), the University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM), and the Centre de recherche en épistémologie appliquée (CREA, Paris) where they will attend team meetings, work presentations, meetings with researchers, seminars and meet visiting professors…”

Applications must enclose a concise description of the project.

Deadline for application : August 31, 2009
Contact person : Sophie Chrzaszcz, s [dot] chrzaszcz [at] eesi [dot] eu

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