What is MADTech (Media, Art, Design & Technology) all about? In a nutshell this is it: artists doing strange things with technology. This means you will embark on a master where anything is possible. You will view and create art in ways you can hardly imagine beforehand. You will carry out experiments, tinkering and playing with technology, ideas and media.
Masters in Visual Arts in Groningen in Netherlands. Fine Arts – Media, Art, Design & Technology (MADtech): www.hanzegroningen.eu/madtech
What is MADTech (Media, Art, Design & Technology) all about? In a nutshell this is it: artists doing strange things with technology. This means you will embark on a master where anything is possible. You will view and create art in ways you can hardly imagine beforehand. You will carry out experiments, tinkering and playing with technology, ideas and media. You will explore the most outrageous possibilities the combination of art and technology have to offer. Central to this master are your artistic development and attitude towards research. By combining a critical reflective attitude and conceptual skills, you will discover unexpected perspectives, resulting in exciting multimedia works of art. Order our brochure here .
Throughout this master you will explore viewpoints from the past, present and future, broadening the way you think and look at the world. You will discover connections between art and science, laboratory and applied research, stable and unstable media, old and new technology, local and global forms of society. This is a collective process: you will share ideas and insights with your fellow students, learning how others see the world. Inspiring each other to look beyond borders and to venture away from the beaten track. At the same time you will extend your knowledge, master new skills and reflect on your role as an artist.
This master attracts students from a lot of different backgrounds, countries and cultures. This variety enriches your experience, not only broadening your personal perspective but also giving you the opportunity to build a valuable international network. You will develop your own artistic vision, working in a hybrid practice and taking the opportunity to share your art with the world.
Before you are admitted to the master programme MADTech, you will draw up a broad outline of the artistic research you want to carry out. What is it that fascinates you about art and technology? What experiments would you like to carry out? During the admissions procedure you will discuss your ideas with us. Once admitted, your ideas form the start of the next two years.
The first year of this master programme is mostly about exploring your chosen field. You will carry out your own experiments, tinker with new technology during creative programming and explore research possibilities in art practices. This is how you will improve your skills and knowledge, getting to know the art practice, creating new concepts and finding out the possibilities of artistic technology research.
In your first year you will spend a lot of time in Hybrid Arts Lab, where you will devise and carry out your own experiments. In addition you will attend theory and research courses at the University of Groningen and take part in a joint research course 'Image & Experience in a technologically charged society' with master students of the University of Groningen. There is also plenty of time to discuss the results of experiments, workshops, research projects and your own progress with fellow students, experts and public. Furthermore, you will visit relevant institutions, festivals, workplaces and centres of research: individually or as a group.
During your first year you will gradually focus on what you really want to do in the second year. You will develop and refine your research plan, which you will carry out in your second year and which will be the basis of your master thesis. At the end of your first year an assessment of your work will determine whether you are ready to enter the second year.
After the 1st year
At the start of your second year you will start working on your final project. You will devote most of your time working on this project. You will spend a lot of time in the lab, working on your research project. There will be classes, but less than in the first year. Supervisors will advise and guide you and encourage your progress. Your goal is to realise your research project and write your final thesis. There will be plenty of opportunities to share what you have learned and experienced with others during sessions, discussions and presentations. Depending on what you need, we will ask guest lecturers to contribute to the supervision of your research project. During a series of public dialogues second year students will discuss their work with guest lecturers and others, helping you to improve your work and take it to a next level.
During your time with us you will be part of a community where education, research and the artistic practice meet and reinforce each other. For the theoretical component of this master you will attend lectures on relevant subjects like history of art, psychology of art and art philosophy at the University of Groningen.
Additional subjects and projects
In addition to the regular sessions and classes you will have the opportunity to attend a series of lectures at the University of Groningen about history, art, psychology of art and art philosophy. You will also take part in a joint research course on Research & Development/New Media Art Practices with master students of the University of Groningen. You can also carry out projects of the Centre of Applied Research and other Hanze partners. During your second year you can apply for prestigious awards for excellent students of fine arts, like the George Verberg Scholarship
In addition to the focus on your final project, you will visit international festivals, like Ars Electronics in Linz and the Transmediale in Berlin. You will also go on an intensive study trip to New York.
As a master of Fine Arts you can continue to set up your own artistic practice, individually or as a member of an artistic collective.