Your course content
What you will learn
The Master's in Computing and the Arts focuses on creative coding and programming, multimedia applications, interfaces, installations and performances in an artistic environment. You will hone your practical skills, art and design practices and get everything you need to distinguish yourself as an artist and coder. Collaborative, practice-oriented and interdisciplinary, you will not only develop your soft skills in a team with your fellow students, but also experience the various dimensions of co-creativity in digital art.
Your career prospects
Our innovative approach that pays off
After successfully graduating with a state-approved degree you will be able to handle all legal and budgetary, environmental, time and space constraints to show your work either in a professional context or an art setting (i.e. exhibition). Your projects and works are prepared for real life exhibition using your advanced knowledge in creation of interactive installations, 3D computer graphics, scenography, virtual and augmented reality, realisation and maintenance of hard and software systems, market research, conceptualisation and budgeting.
The M.A. in Computing and the Arts, with its double focus on creative programming on the one hand and professional action competences in crossfunctional teams on the other hand, gives a broad range of opportunities covering:
- Audio and audiovisual software industry
- Creative agencies and companies
- Dance, (media) art and theatre
- Computer and video games industry
Job profiles (selection):
- Media technologist
- Multimedia artist
- Art director
- Interaction designer
- User experience designer
- Project lead
- Audio software developer
- AV developer
Give it a go
- Media Art History 5
- Methodologies & Practices 5
- Interdisciplinary & Transmedia Design I 5
- Practical Project I 5
- Programming Basics 10
In three 5-weeks units of working in your very profession, working in a teammate's profession and finally working together to create different artefacts, we will guide you to reflect critically, work out your own strengths, learn from others and take on responsibility. Exploration, experimentation, rethinking approaches, networking and finding new perspectives are the focus. In this unit you will also learn about the conceptualisation of projects and the different agile working methods.
Along the way, you will acquire important skills and knowledge in design methods, audiovisual and team-based programming, aesthetic and media history, (rapid) prototyping, audiovisual algorithms, user interfaces and interaction, presentation and conceptualisation.
Follow your path
- Contemporary Artistic Strategies 5
- Media Psychology & Perception 5
- Interdisciplinary & Transmedia Design II 5
- Practical Project II 5
- Creative Programming 10
In three 5-weeks units of drafting, planning and carrying out new concepts and projects, you will experience the shaping of your soft skills, such as ethical consciousness, power of observation, change of perspective, empathy and motivation. In a real life studio atmosphere, your critical ability will also be developed.
You will enhance your professional expertise and methodological skills in creative programming, media psychology, interactive net-based technology, design thinking, conceptualisation and presentation and audio programming concepts. Another important topic will be DSP - basics as well as applications.
- Artistic Research 5
- Media Ethics 5
- Interdisciplinarity & Transmedia (Elective) 5
- Practical Project III 5
- Interactive Art Installations 10
The 5-week units are now three large steps to your final presentation. Teamwork means now not only working together successfully, but balancing your own creative identity and your teams vision, responsibility for self-management and teamwork, self-reflection and resolving conflicts.
You are going to practice handling legal, budgetary, environmental, time and space constraints to show the work you have done in a larger context, in public space and in cooperation with external partners. Your artefacts and projects are going to be prepared for real life exhibition using your advanced knowledge in creation of interactive installations, 3D computer graphics, scenography, virtual and augmented reality, realisation and maintenance of hard and software systems, market research, conceptualisation and budgeting, as well as filing funding requests for your work.
The grand finale
- Master's Thesis 20
- Colloqium 10
In your final semester you will be working towards your Master's thesis and finally you will complete your studies with a state-approved degree.
Full-Flex Offer | For international students only
Are you worried that Covid-19 might affect your academic future? Are you facing visa delays and travel restrictions? Take advantage of our offer to start your studies in April 2021 in virtual format and receive a reward!
Your lecturers We help you achieve your goals
The MA in Computing and the Arts is aimed at applicants with a first degree in music, audio or visual design, in media arts or others. It is a non-consecutive master's programme. We will specifically be looking for a strong motivation to express yourself and to design as well as for a solid understanding of computer-based realisation of sound or design. Skills in either visual or audio programming are recommended, even though you do not need to master C++. What really counts is your passion to express your ideas in audio-visual concepts.
Checklist for your online application:
- letter of motivation: why are you interested in studying with us? What are your expectations? What are your professional perspectives?
- artistic work samples / project portfolio
- copy of your degree certificate
- academic transcript covering your previous study
Your portfolio + English requirements
There are no limits to your creativity regarding the folder. It may include:
- Illustrations / posters
- Audiovisual works
- 3D Projects
Please find our English language requirements here:
- Duolingo 95 Pts
- TOEFL 87 ibt (direct entry)
- TOEFL 79 - 86 ibt (with additional agreement)
- TOEIC 785 (Listening/Reading 785, Speaking 160, Writing 150)
- IELTS (academic) 6.5 average - please see Language Centre guidelines if results differ
- CAE (grade A, B, or C)
- CPE (grade A, B or C)
- FCE (grade A, B or C)
- Pearson English Test Academic (PTE-A) 59 points
Fees and Funding
Your tuition fees
As a state-recognised, private university, the Berlin School of Popular Arts is financed by tuition fees. This revenue goes towards equipping our campus, providing services for our students, and quality assurance. In this way we ensure that you receive the best possible education under optimal study conditions.
- citizenship | EU/EEA (incl. Switzerland, Western Balkans): EUR 680 / month
- citizenship | Non-EU/EEA: EUR 5400 / semester
The monthly/semester tuition fees remain the same for the entire duration of the study programme.
An additional enrolment fee of EUR 500 (EU/EEA) / EUR 900 (non-EU/EEA) is to be paid once at the start of the programme.
Funding in detail
Information on financing options & scholarships can be found here. Our Student Advisory Service will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Application process and deadlines
We are happy to welcome you to our university. This is our application process:
- You submit your online application via the our SRH Application Portal.
- If you meet the admission requirements, we will invite you to a personal/phone interview
- If the interview is successful, you will receive an acceptance letter and the study contract
- You will sign the study contract and send it back to us
- You pay the enrolment fee (all students) and – if you are a non-EU/non-EEA student – the 3-month deposit
- You will receive your letter of admission
- You will take part in our Welcome Week and then you are good to go!
Application process in detail
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Get started now Your path into the future
- You will take part in a step-by-step learning experience
- You will study in small teams through practice-oriented tasks
- You can concentrate on what's important in 5-week blocks
- You will receive individual support from your lecturers