At the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences we offer three degree programmes focusing on design, media and art. As an international student you can choose from all three degree programmes. MultiMediaArt focuses on computeranimation, media design, film and audio.
Modules and courses offered in English
Graphic Design Project (7,5 ECTS)
Graphic Design Project is a hands on class teaching visual communication skills through a variety of , group activities exercises and lectures. It focuses on a project in the field of Corporate Design and integrates the competencies of a wide range of student skill sets. The unit will explore the basic principles of visual communication, theoretically (in the lectures) and practically (through a group project consisting of several small individual activities, leading towards a single major outcome). During the lectures, students will learn a range of techniques for graphic design, along with being shown recent examples of well implemented design strategies, in order to learn about processes and methods of operation. This unit is suitable for both beginner and advanced capabilities.
Photography in Context (7,5 ECTS)
Image and Text - beyond illustration: In the context of graphicdesign, images and text are usually reserved for representation and illustration. A text provides written information, images provide visual information. At best, these elements may be graphically manipulated to serve their illustrative purposes, but what happens when the context of an image is changed through the use of text? We will be exploring the many possibilities of combining image and text. The first half of the semester will be brain-storming, collecting and talking about the aesthetics of text, language, symbolism and their relationship specifically to photography. The second half of the semester will be dedicated to personal projects, form their conception to completion by the end of the semester.
Concept Development (4 ECTS, only wintersemester)
Concept development focuses on the use of creative techniques to solve real problems by the use of multimedia/crossmedia communication campaigns, installations and/or artworks. In the centre there is always a problem or mindset that has to be changed or a message, that has to be communicated. Using those creative techniques, partly coming from advertising as well as art, philosophy and design, communication strategies which reach the target audience are developed. The course consists of a lecture part, which shows diverse creative techniques and campaigns and a practical part/excercise, where students work in groups on real problems, creating actual communication strategies which will be presented in a professional way.
As an accepted incoming student you can also choose among the Courses offered by the International Office.
For further information please contact the international coordinator Julia Schwarzacher or the International Office.
Semester 1 | Academic year: 1 | Course code: MMAM1DEXIL | Type: IL | INTL-Code: 4 | SWS: 2 | ECTS-Credits: 3
Differentiated knowledge of current digital creative forms of expression in syntax and semantics with the requirement of being able to appropriately employ them to solve complex communicative tasks and to create visual spheres of action, content, sense connections and correlations as well as to ana-lyse and critically evaluate design qualities. Communicating in-depth knowledge and skills to system-atically research and apply digital artistic-creative forms of expression, taking the com-municative potential and the development of unconventional ideas into account.
Semester 1 | Academic year: 1 | Course code: MMAM1KGEIL | Type: IL | INTL-Code: 3 | SWS: 1 | ECTS-Credits: 2
Music and language, popular styles and authors, development in pop music from the mid-20th century and socio-cultural backgrounds. Presentation of an individually favoured style and joint discussion on musical/audio qualities. Producing and communicating abstract sound constructs and ideas. Selecting and combining physical and electronic methods/processes of analogue and digital sound generation. Specific approaches (parameter mapping) in the field of interaction between signal sound and audio-visual installations. Interfaces in the integration with external control data, parameterisation of sounds through sensors.
Semester 3 | Academic year: 2 | Course code: MMAM3PTFIL | Type: IL | INTL-Code: 3 | SWS: 1 | ECTS-Credits: 1,5
Professional knowledge of all common post-production possibilities within a TV production, of the workflows in different multimedia TV productions and the ability to analyse, evaluate and optimise them during operation. Sophisticated technical and creative skills in the solution of creative challenges in the on-air field, in the planning and implementation of workflows in a multimedia post-production context on a state-of-the-art technological level using modern post-production software as well as editing and cutting systems. The focus is on the advanced intensification of technical skills and creative work with post-production software in the field of motion images and its various genres and forms.
Semester 3 | Academic year: 2 | Course code: MMAM3AR2IL | Type: IL | INTL-Code: 4 | SWS: 2 | ECTS-Credits: 2
Building on the previous course: Highly specialised knowledge of the handling of innovative rendering & lighting technologies and the analysis of natural phenomena. Professional skills in the independent development of shaders, in the creation of custom solutions, in the sophisticated capturing of natural phenomena, in the autonomous implementation in shader languages, in the professional handling of lighting situations and technologies, in the creation of temporally-optimised workflows by means of layering / passes including the understanding and adequate use of current file formats. Focused autonomous exercises: with 3rd party renderers, atmospheric effects and lighting situations, reproduction of camera effects and errors, optimisation of the ex-actness of simulation, optimisation of render workflows regarding speed and quality, combination of different solutions and packages along optimal quality and speed workflows.
Semester 3 | Academic year: 2 | Course code: MMAM3PACIL | Type: IL | INTL-Code: 3 | SWS: 0,5 | ECTS-Credits: 1
Presentation and approval of the portfolio with particular attention to individual work in the Master's project.
Semester 3 | Academic year: 2 | Course code: MMAM3GWAIL | Type: IL | INTL-Code: 4 | SWS: 1 | ECTS-Credits: 1
The guest professor from the audio field provides the latest industry-relevant, socially virulent and/or artistic issues and ideas.
Semester 3 | Academic year: 2 | Course code: MMAM3AIMIL | Type: IL | INTL-Code: 5 | SWS: 3 | ECTS-Credits: 4
Focused knowledge of the methods and tools for the real-time creation, control and processing of sounds with the aid of electronic man-machine interfaces as well as correlating forms of expres-sion in the field of intuitive and emotional interfaces: Sensor and actuator technology in the con-text of media applications ranging from web to room installations as well as their meaningfulness in connection with parameters of generative sound creation and manipulation. Traceability and usabil-ity of interfaces between amateurishness and virtuosity. Gestures, haptics and visual feedback. Historical development of analogue instruments up to electronic and digital interfaces. Basic theo-retical background information concerning the challenges of man-machine interaction as well as questions of aesthetics.
Semester 3 | Academic year: 2 | Course code: MMAM3RAKIL | Type: IL | INTL-Code: 2 | SWS: 1 | ECTS-Credits: 1
Sophisticated knowledge of the effects of acoustic phenomena (incl. assessing the acoustic char-acteristics of spaces in relation to their use for installations or events, using acoustic phenomena in the context of art, discussing acoustic phenomena using case studies etc.). Professional knowledge and skills for reducing or avoiding unwanted faults, i.e. practical knowledge relating to the perception of acoustic information: Stereophony (reflections, reverberations, absorption, res-onance, sound proofing). Sound propagation, distance, phases, echo, structure-borne and air-borne sound, Sound sources: direct, loudspeakers and feedback, Positioning and directional hear-ing (psychoacoustic basics). Understanding sounds (especially language). Attention and effect, psychoacoustics. Ambience: Interactions between intended sound as well as external and internal influences.
Semester 2 | Academic year: 1 | Course code: MMAM2ATFIL | Type: IL | INTL-Code: 3 | SWS: 1 | ECTS-Credits: 1
Differentiated knowledge of the common possibilities for implementing and optimising design in virtual as well as real space. Advanced knowledge of technological developments, changes and trends with the aim of measuring ones work against international standards, resulting in highly creative design. Specific creative skills in the conception and implementation of TV and multimedia productions as well as on air set design in a multimedia context (virtual and real): design for the appearance of new shows or re-launches of existing formats, showing brands on the screen and all other digital platforms, creative brief (on air, audio, web and set designer, fashion and styling, film and post-productions, direction).
Semester 2 | Academic year: 1 | Course code: MMAM2RMWIL | Type: IL | INTL-Code: 3 | SWS: 2 | ECTS-Credits: 1
Complex skills in the analysis, evaluation and leadership of workflows in different multimedia pro-jects with planning and staging of multimedia content on a state-of-the-art technological level. Spe-cific expertise and skills concerning all aspects of the implementation of a large multimedia trans-platform production: development of visions and trends for creative content, integration of hetero-geneous team members, motivation to deliver maximum performance, sophisticated and differenti-ated handling of creative content and its staging up to the presentation on different platforms with advanced technology.
Semester 2 | Academic year: 1 | Course code: MMAM2SSFIL | Type: IL | INTL-Code: 3 | SWS: 1 | ECTS-Credits: 1
Expert analysis skills of theatre productions and their specific complex routines including strengths & weaknesses as well as the ability to use the resulting learning potential. Differentiated knowledge and skills in the interaction with actors using various acting techniques (e.g. method acting) as well as the ability to convey ones own ideas and visions to team members and actors and to inspire them for innovative, cross-media film productions as well as to lead them in larger production teams in a multimedia and heterogeneous context.
Semester 2 | Academic year: 1 | Course code: MMAM2AR1IL | Type: IL | INTL-Code: 3 | SWS: 2 | ECTS-Credits: 3
Expert analysis skills of natural phenomena with the ability to transform these observations into custom shaders. Focused skills concerning 3rd party renderers, in the creation of atmospheric effects, reproduction of camera effects and errors as well as improvement of the exactness of simulation and optimisation of render workflows regarding speed and quality. Differentiated knowledge and skills in the handling of complex rendering & lighting technologies, in the expert reproduction of surfaces, lighting situations and environment effects with the ability to modify and expand existing shaders.
Semester 2 | Academic year: 1 | Course code: MMAM2AVEIL | Type: IL | INTL-Code: 4 | SWS: 3 | ECTS-Credits: 4
Expert knowledge and skills in handling advanced compositing tools & technologies, in complex situations in the field of stabilising, tracking & rotoscoping and in the assignment and execution of multi-layer compositing in efficient workflows between 3D and 2D. Independent development of compositing skills in complex situations: seamless integration of comprehensive visual effects into real footage; integration of green screen footage, procedural extraction of masks, blending of 3D and 2D effects to achieve a uniform overall picture, shot planning and shot management. Ad-vanced knowledge in the field of effects animation with special techniques such as fluids, hair, crowd.
Semester 2 | Academic year: 1 | Course code: MMAM2PMKIL | Type: IL | INTL-Code: 4 | SWS: 2 | ECTS-Credits: 7
Advanced knowledge of culture, projects, methods and workflows in playable media and game projects and the theoretical, artistic and practical approaches behind it. Specific knowledge and skills in the conception, resource planning, calculation and implementation of ambitious and crea-tive game design projects on a state-of-the-art technological level and in the development of a prototype to validate technical implementability as well as pre-production (level design of first lev-el). Differentiated skills to develop common visions which push the limits of the field of application in an inter-disciplinary team and to execute the fine conception of the game project (detailed elab-oration of the idea, treatment, creative fine concept: design bible). Independent creation of con-cepts in the field of playable media.
Semester 2 | Academic year: 1 | Course code: MMAM2ILAIL | Type: IL | INTL-Code: 3 | SWS: 2 | ECTS-Credits: 3
Sophisticated knowledge and skills in the conception and the methods of designing illustration and artwork for multiple media channels. Professional knowledge and skills in developing an individual illustration style. In-depth knowledge of the history, trends, techniques and styles of illustration, concept art and information graphics.
Semester 2 | Academic year: 1 | Course code: MMAM2INDIL | Type: IL | INTL-Code: 4 | SWS: 2 | ECTS-Credits: 3
Sophisticated knowledge and skills in the conception and the methods for the creation of user-friendly and/or experimental user interfaces employing evaluation criteria and test methods as well as current scientific findings from the field of interaction research (man-machine communication and relations, interaction behaviour, immersion and emotion, usability, intuitive operation, etc.). Expert skills in the conception, draft, design and prototype development of innovative interfaces and forms of interaction or visionary information architecture.