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Master > Graphic Art/Typography/Photography

The aim of study is to further develop and expand one’s own individual artistic or creative approach within the context of contemporary art and design. In order to achieve this, an extensive artistic project is to be planned, realised and presented publicly. This project will involve productive engagement with current and historical forms of photography, typography and graphic art. The department »Graphic art / Typography / Photography« is characterised by an openness to experimentation. This includes experimentation which involves the diverse interconnections between script, image and moving image. Students’ learning and research will be structured by their own artistic intentions. The individual artistic or creative effort will take shape in the interplay between practical and conceptual work and be placed in the context of current artistic positions and theoretical discourse. The aim is to critically analyse and discuss one’s own work, to comprehend it in a cultural context and to influence this context by means of active conscious representation of one’s artistic position to the audience.

Photography

Photography as picture – in the history of the picture and in the context of other arts – is emphasised in the teaching of Artistic Photography. Photography’s property of being an imprint and trace of reality and at the same time an abstraction and construct of reality as well as an autonomous picture presents a varied scope for artistic concepts and project ideas. Engagement with the language and the material nature of the photographic picture in the process of image-making will be intensified and expanded. According to the specific demands of individual students’ projects, analogue, digital or hybrid working methods will be researched experimentally and practical knowledge and skills transmitted. Students will be able to question and expand the boundaries of their own working medium by selecting and combining media forms, processes and means of presentation. Aside from the emphasised areas of the picture and the exhibition, photography may for instance appear in installations, projections and film montages or conceptual art books.

Typography / Graphic art

The Master programme develops in an alternation between experiment and real assignment situations (the answering of externally formulated questions). Through students’ parallel complementary analysis of their own creative position, the artistic-communicative possibilities of various project contexts are investigated. In this case, to »analyse« means to enquire into the context through creative/artistic (draft) interventions in that context – based on a considered choice of artistic techniques. Historical and media engagement with typography, design and art serves as a reference resource for this. Aside from creative and artistic analysis, the (further) development of communicative competence within the context of the design process is an important part of the programme. In combining the specific disciplines and workshops on offer, it is the responsibility of Master students to create a laboratory situation which is not only favourable to analysis, but also allows individual artistic plans to be realised.

 

 

Franziska Opel, Tintenstrahlprint und Siebdruck, 36 x 24 cm, 2012
Franziska Opel, Tintenstrahlprint und Siebdruck, 36 x 24 cm, 2012
Franziska Opel, Druckklischee lackiert, 28 x 35 cm, 2012
Franziska Opel, Druckklischee lackiert, 28 x 35 cm, 2012
Jenny Schäfer, Forschung und Leere, SeitenWände (Ausstellung der Fotografieklasse),

Jenny Schäfer, »Forschung und Leere«, SeitenWände - Ausstellung der Fotografieklasse, Goethe Institut Prag, 2012