M.Sc. in Digital Media (Germany) Deadline: May 31, 2019

University of Bremen

Application Deadline

May. 31, 2019

Program Commencement

October 1, 2019

Duration of the Program

Four Semesters

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Program Details

The study program Digital Media is a 4-semester, international master’s program, jointly offered by the University of Bremen and the University of the Arts Bremen in English. It aims at students who are enthusiastic about both art and science and want to acquire skills and knowledge in both the design and the technology of digital media linked by a solid understanding of media theory. Thus, in the Digital Media study program, computer science meets design, and engineering interconnects with the arts.

Media connect people, and digital media do so using connected computers that in turn interact with humans. Human-computer interaction has many facets, involving new devices and interaction metaphors, scientific evaluation, user experience design, (serious) games, computer graphics, cognitive foundations, as well as interactive art in a virtual or physical form and ultimately cultural and social questions. The computer is the central tool for digital media; therefore, programming is a central skill that allows “creating your own media without the bonds of existing software tools” (D. Shiffman). Building on this essential skill as a prerequisite, the program addresses algorithmic questions, e.g. in computer graphics or machine learning, questions of human-centered software design, as well as generative design, the process of designing by writing a computer program.

The unique inter-university cooperation of the Digital Media study program lets students select from a broad selection of courses, giving them the opportunity to authentically experience all aspects of Digital Media. Students can take advantage of the university’s atmosphere of research as well as the University of the Arts’ creative environment. Flexible study conditions and project-oriented learning allow for the creation of individual profiles and fields of focus. This combination of two worlds is the unique opportunity of the digital media program in Bremen.

There are two strands within the program:

  • Media Informatics / computational media (i.e., computer science with a strong connection to digital media, in German “Medieninformatik”)
  • Media Design (in German „Mediengestaltung“)

If you love programming or interested in computer science and keen on understanding fundamental principles and theories underlying algorithms, software, and software engineering, the strand “Media Informatics” is right for you. If you love art, design, and technology and interested in working in an experimental, applied and/or theoretical context the strand “Media Design” is right for you.

Whichever strand you choose, all students in the program take part in common courses, such as “Introduction to digital media”. However, your choice between Media Informatics and Media Design is important because it has a number of implications:

  • It determines whether your application should go to the University of Bremen (Media Informatics) or to the University of the Arts Bremen (Media Design).
  • This also determines the criteria under which your application will be assessed,
  • At which of the two universities you will get enrolled,
  • The focus area of the courses you will choose from,
  • The type of master project and focus area of the master group project you will take,
  • The area in which you will perform your master thesis work, and
  • Whether you will earn a Master of Arts degree (M.A.) or a Master of Science degree (M.Sc.).

There are NO tuition fees for the program.

Eligibility/ Requirements

In order to be accepted for the program, applicants will need a surpassing Bachelor degree in a relevant field (e.g. Digital Media, Interaction Design, Computer Science, Media Design) and proof of good English language Skills (TOEFL, IELTS or similar). Furthermore, applicants have to hand in several accompanying documents, such as a letter of motivation and a portfolio of relevant prior academic and non-academic work.

Application Process

The online application system accepts applicants for the Digital Media Program Master of Science (at University Bremen) and Master of Arts (at University of the Arts Bremen).

Documents required for the application:

  • Letter of Motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificate of an accepted bachelor’s degree or equivalent (including the transcript of records)
  • Portfolio

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