The Master Course IME trains and coaches the student at the hbo (Higher Vocational Education) Master Level. The course specialises in the broad knowledge domain of electronic art, including established and nascent technologies relevant to electronic and digital media. It makes a valuable contribution to the artistic practice and the public domain by studying and developing media and technology within a variety of contexts. The development of a critical view focuses on the effect of media and technology on man and his environment. Media are part of complex networks that move back and forth between disciplinary, cultural, technological, social and economic contexts. It is at the interface of these contexts that new or other forms of art emerge.
The professional attitude of the master is revealed by the quality of the dialogue between the work of art and the public space, by an individual artistic system, by constant critical reflection and an adequate mastery of artistic skills, including making, presenting and sharing his work. He can reflect on his own work, address complex problems and provide a theoretical underpinning of his work.
Internationally oriented sector
Contacts with colleagues and representatives from the occupational sector are essential. The professional master is working within an internationally oriented sector. An international learning environment prepares the student for the international labour market and teaches him to push back frontiers, which enhances his abstraction skills and conceptual abilities. The master is aware of the development of his artistic process and all aspects involved in his artistic practice. By developing an autonomous, inquisitive attitude the media artist is in a position to assess and define his own position as well as his artistic practice in relation to society at large. The media artist's sphere of action is characterized by its varying manifestations, as well as its considerable openness, which is reflected in embracing principles such as open source, open content and open distribution. The media artist exhibits his work on occasions such as expositions, festivals, the internet, in public spaces, self-initiated projects, Do-It-Yourself conferences or interventions with social media.
Having an enterprising attitude and an inquisitive mind, the artist likes to break out of established patterns and realize social value, more particularly in the context of political and social issues. He is able to deal with uncertainty, is constantly alert and on his toes, creative and contrary. This attitude helps the professional master display an innovative and pioneering spirit in his artistic practice, being able to motivate and convince others and letting them share in his artistic ideas and thoughts.