Independent Study


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

MediaAC students have a compulsory element of individualized professional practice in their curriculum. The Independent Study aims to give students the opportunity to explore topics of personal interest in media history, theory, criticism, and practice under the supervision of an academic staff member. Independent study projects extend examination of topics introduced in other classes and provide a means to investigate topics that are relevant to their studies but are not covered specifically in the core curriculum. 

Learning objectives


  • Familiarize with key concepts, terminology, and methodologies used in the media arts culture field, especially those relevant for deepening personal inquiry and academic exploration.
  • Understand the nuances of conceptualization and creation in developing a personal project or area of investigation relevant to the field.
  • Delve into the intricate contexts of media art, media culture, and their respective historical, institutional, and societal dimensions.


  • Demonstrate the ability to explore a topic of personal interest using evidence-based research, ensuring that the inquiry is in-depth and methodologically sound.
  • Formulate clear outcome criteria to measure the achievement of project objectives and milestones effectively.
  • Extend and deepen examination of topics introduced in core courses, as well as innovate in areas not explicitly covered in the curriculum, producing a coherent record of learning achievements.


  • Showcase proficiency in designing, negotiating, and fulfilling a comprehensive learning contract with clearly defined and achievable objectives for independent study.
  • Reflect on learning experiences, recognizing learning deficits, and evaluating the efficacy of employed strategies in the investigative process.
  • Develop and present a topic of inquiry at an advanced level, integrating theoretical and practical insights, with the potential for it to culminate into a master's thesis.
  • Navigate the challenges of independent study, demonstrating a capability to synthesize academic guidance with personal initiative in the quest for knowledge and understanding.



Name of examIndependent Study
Type of exam
Written exam
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
- Students notes
- Syllabus
- Relevante subject literature
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleIndependent Study
Module codeKAMAC202410
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
This module is offered only as a part of the ERASMUS MUNDUS Master of Excellence: Media Arts Cultures at Danube University, Austria
3rd. semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureOther location
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Arts in Media Arts Cultures
Study BoardStudy Board of Art, Health and Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Communication and Psychology
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities