Intermedia undertakes to
extend artist training to cover art forms and artistic techniques that
had made their first appearance in the 20th century, such as photokinetic
and electronic arts, multimedia art, installation, environment and action
art, new communication technologies, interdisciplinarity and borderline
areas of the plastic arts.
The primary objective of the training is to enable students to realize the potential of their individual personalities so that they may develop an active and creative presence in the cultural spheres of the information society. The skill to be acquired is the simultaneous comprehension of the various techniques, tools, methods and functions of artistic expression and, within this sphere, the artistically significant practical application of one or more traditional techniques of the visual arts. Further skills to be acquired are the in-depth knowledge of such new technological media as photo, film, video and computers, with a view to applying them in a visual arts context. A fundamental requirement is familiarity with the history of universal and Hungarian culture, with special regard to the issues arising out of the art/technological advances of the previous century. Students should be able to pass on their knowledge as lecturers, workshop instructors, writers and to verbalize the essence of their activities.
Comprising of ten semesters over five years, instruction at the Intermedia program does not follow the traditional master-disciple model employed by the rest of the University since its foundation in the previous century, but adopted, from the very beginning, a near equivalent of the credit system. Since 1993, when students were first accepted into the program, instruction has been structured (viably so, as experience has shown) in the following way: students in the first four semesters will learn the technological fundamentals and carry out supervised workshop projects. In the following four semesters, students can elect instructors to guide them through a project-based, tutorial-like system. In the last two semesters, students will complete their diploma work.
The program offers specific courses in three general areas: general theory, professional theory and practice. What this means is that beyond the general course descriptions, the actual content of a course in a specific semester is given at the beginning of the semester in question. (For instance, the list of films screened at the history of film course offered as part of the General Media History subject may change from semester to semester, parallel courses may be launched, etc.) The general framework provides the objectives and requirements and thus can be set down permanently but the actual course content might not be repeated in five-year cycles, precisely because in the "life" of the various media, five years is a significant amount of time and certain knowledge and skills can become obsolete, while some may require years of dedicated and detailed study. (For instance, we could not offer courses in 1990 in graphical applications for use on the World Wide Web, while today it would be rather superfluous to teach Windows 3.1.) Thus, besides meeting minimum requirements, students can always extend and refresh their specific professional skills and knowledge.
The current basic program of five years (ten semesters) offers a media artist diploma. The three-year DLA sub-program is part of the general offering of the university. The introduction of post-gradual training and specific professional trainings are determined by the needs of the university.
III. Theoretical professional courses (courses offered by the university)
" Art History
The program requires the completion of a number of compulsory courses offered by the university which are developed and taught at the various departments. The following courses are suggested to students enrolled in the Intermedia program:
" Cultural History
Courses completed at other universities might be accepted for credit: students need to check with the department. Intermedia students who want to participate in teacher training must complete the Anatomy and Space Representations courses.
Currently, there is no independent doctoral program at the Intermedia Department, and the Intermedia DLA sub-program, offered for the third year now in a row, is part of the university-wide DLA program.
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Analogue and Digital Image
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