NEW MEDIA AND AUDIOVISUAL ART - MA programme

Master's study program NEW MEDIA AND AUDIOVISUAL ART is multi-disciplinary, dynamic, real practice led, reseach-based, oriented towards cooperation and communication. Two pathways are offered:
- ACOUSTIC ARTS / DIGITAL MUSIC
- DIGITAL NETWORKED MEDIA

Rapid development of technologies means that innovations are coming into each and every area, including arts. It is changing forms, habits and thinking of communication. There is a need for artists, who are at the head of new media culture, processes and technologies; who have the skills and abilities to flexibly and creatively react to sudden changes; who participate in creating and researching new products and processes. New media art is multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary, within which creation of art works involves new technologies, and new art environments are created for communication and interaction.

Ten years ago RIXC co-founded the NEW MEDIA ART education program and MPLab (Art Research Lab) in the university of Liepaja, a beautiful city on the Baltic Sea cost (200 km from Riga), and since then it has been grown amazingly. We are proud about our student local and international achievements - they continue studies in EU and US, show their artwork internationally, they work and establish their own enterprises in cutting-edge new media fields. 

This year we are opening up new collaboration with RISEBA University and RIXC Laboratory, offering even broader spectrum of knowledges and skills in digital audiovisual arts, particularly focusing on AR/VR, 360-video, immersive sound, game environments, mixed reality performances, data visualization. Our teaching staff includes well known digital artists, film directors, electronic music composers, sound artists, media theorists, from Latvia, North-Europe, UK and US.

The 2-year studies are taking place in Liepaja, and in Riga,  on Thursday and Friday evenings, and whole Saturday. The 1st semester takes place mainly in Riga, the 2nd - partly in Riga and Liepaja, and the 3rd - in Liepaja, while the 4th - is individual work on MA thesis, with monthly meetings in Liepaja. In both cities the students have access to the really great digital production facilities in the media laboratories of Liepaja, RISEBA and RIXC. Liepaja has built also great international network: as a part of their studies, Liepaja students also organise amazing international digital art festivals twice a year - iWeek (in November), and Sound Days (in May).

We have limited number of the state funded, FREE-OF-CHARGE, places for the students from the EU countries (up to five, with the best grades), and in addition we also accept (up to five more) students with the study fee 3000 EUR per year.
There is also an opportunity to apply for the Latvian state scholarship (check here, if you are eligible to apply - http://www.viaa.gov.lv/eng/scholarships_gov/latvian_scholarships/scholarships_for_studies/?tl_id=22800&tls_id=54780

Admission exams: July 16, 2018 (presentation of portfolio, and master thesis theme, can be via Skype)
Document submission - is open, till July 13, 2018, if you have any questions about the submission - please contact Liepaja international coordinator: Erika Lauberga <erika.lauberga@liepu.lv>

More info: http://mplab.lv/en/ (we are currently building new website), so if you don’t find the information you are searching for, don’t hesitate to contact Rasa Smite, MA program director <rasa@rixc.org>, or Anna Priedola, Head of Art Research Lab <priedola@gmail.com)>.

Welcome to Liepaja – join our growing digital artist community!

 

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