The Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM), founded in 1990, promotes an interdisciplinary approach to media arts. The academy concept integrates the areas of art, film, and science within a nine semester degree course in Media and Fine Art. In addition, a two-year postgraduate course offers specialized qualification in the above areas. The Academy of Media Arts Cologne’s diploma is internationally comparable with the MFA (Master of Fine Art). The option of obtaining doctoral degrees was introduced in 2004.
Annual attendance at KHM averages 350 students. Working in studios and laboratories, students are intensively tutored by an international team of professors, academic staff and technicians. Student work takes mainly place in the KHM’s ateliers, studios and labs, which are furnished with high-quality equipment, reflecting the diversity of the areas of teaching. The connection between artistic praxis and art and media theory discourses, film theory analysis as well aesthetic and philosophical questioning is an integral part of the courses, the teaching and the research. The range of student projects is wide and interdisciplinary. Examples include animation, feature and documentary films, photographic art, video art, experimental films, websites, Internet art, games, sound art and electronic music, art in public space, installations, performances, light art, screenplays, hybrid designs, TV and Internet formats, live directing and camera works. Students realise up to four of their own projects. In addition they also develop work within the framework of seminars and tutorials, some of which are collective pieces.
Public events such as the “Heimspiel” series of screenings featuring debut films by KHM graduates, the “Soundings” concert series, weekly lectures, or the programme in the GLASMOOG exhibition space – a platform for presenting contemporary art and related discourses – contextualize current contemporary productions at KHM within the realm of international artistic discussions. At the end of every summer semester, the academy opens its doors inviting the public to it’s annual show and open studios.
Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM)