Media Informatics FAQ (engl)


On this page you'll find some general information (in english!) for master students of Media Informatics about their courses at "Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar" (HBKsaar or HBK in short), which is called in english "Academy of Fine Arts Saar".

  • Overview of the most important buildings: goo.gl/wUaORU
  • Registration form for all courses/projects: goo.gl/ukQfZr
  • More information about media informatics in general (contact persons at your examination office and course documents): www.ps-ntf.uni-saarland.de/index.php
  • If you require a HBK email account (required to participate in Google Classrooms, which are used in several courses and projects) please fill this form: https://goo.gl/forms/DntZlYyZa8tunAhx1
  • We run a forum (a Google Classroom) for all students of media informatics as a blackboard, discussion forum and for announcements. Please login with your HBK Google Account and login at https://classroom.google.com searching for course code oj6s434.

 

What courses and projects at HBK are suitable for me? 

  • For the module Project Media Art & Design (8 CPs with grade) you can select theoretically all projects that are called „Atelierprojekt“ with 16 CPs and open for "Medieninformatik" (NOT „Atelierprojekt klein/Workshop“ !), which count as 8 CP projects for you! check the so called Vorlesungsverzeichnis. Don't confuse this with "Medienprojekt", which is only for Bachelor students! Sometimes the same topics are offered as Medienprojekt and Project Media Art & Design. Project topics that are particularly tailored for students of Medieninformatik are listed under https://www.xmlab.org/Teaching 
  • For MAD-Wahlpflichtbereich / Mandatory Elective (8 CP w/o grade): You can take any course/project except „computer basics“ and "Grundlagen Media, Art & Design / MAD Basis". You can either take one 8 CP course/project or also several courses with less CPs, as long as the total amount of these courses is 8 CPs. You will see "Medieninformatik" tag in each course that is suitable for students of Medieninformatik (obviously). 
  • Please note that the HBK university calendar with all courses and projects if published quite late and many courses will only be online towards the beginning of the semester. So you need to check back in the beginning of October/April.
     

How do I register for courses and projects at HBK?

  • Students need to register all courses here: goo.gl/ukQfZr - this is required such that your certificates can be transferred to Saarland University later on. You can still do this during the semester, it is just important that you have done it towards the end of the semester. The teachers will not see your registrations with this form, it is only for the transmission of your credits to UdS!
  • Each course/project will require you to register once more with the teacher! This is for the course/project organization, and every teacher has a different approach to do this. Some have Google forms as above, some ask you to send an email, others require you to physically sign on a list hanging at the ground floor in the main building. Check the course/project description! This is the registration procedure that determines whether you are able to attend this particular course or project! Because many courses have limited amount of free slots. 
  • Each registered course that is confirmed by the teacher at the end of the semester will be sent to the examination office at university, such that you don't need to collect a physical "Schein"/certificate at HBK. Only then you will be able to see your credit points/courses in the LSF system.
  • You do not necessarily need a HBK account. During projects, you might get a HBK-google account to be able to participate in the google classroom used for communication with the students. The teacher will organize that for you.

 

I don't speak german well and I want to take a course at HBK, which one can I take? 

 

  • Basically all courses are taught in german, but for some subjects minimal or no knowledge of german is alright, e.g. for software courses. So, for all courses you should contact the teacher/professor beforehand to find out whether it makes sense for your individual case and your specific german knowledge to take the course.
  • The following teachers are generally willing to do courses in english or bilingual:
    • Mert Akbal: All software courses, such as "Blender Multiverse" or "Art of Blending“, basically free software tools, also sometimes Unity3D
    • Soenke Zehle: All theory courses (the student group will be asked, whether it’s ok that everything will be discussed in english)
    • Stefan Zintel (Teaches sound processing): Basics in Sound Design and PureData
    • Jan Tretschok (Responsible for Film): Any courses related to postproduction (i.e. film editing)
    • Janosch Obenauer (3D/2D Animation and Modelling): e.g. Visual Effects Basics
      (list is not complete and will be complemented over time)
  • You are also invited to join the HBK-Erasmus Facebook group, where exchange students from other countries meet and organize (e.g. city tours at the beginning of a semester)

 

How about projects, which one can I take if I don't speak german well?

 

  • All projects are actually also in german, but since it is not a lecture type but "discussions" between teacher and students, it is normally not a problem to participate with only limited german language skills, since you can present your results in english and get feedback in english as well. The main drawback is that you will not be able to understand the discussions with other students. Sometimes your project mates can translate most important aspects after the meetings to you.

How do I get a grade for my project?

  • Normally projects are not graded at HBK. But since you require a graded project to fulfill your requirements towards your master, you need to inform your teacher (as soon as possible) that you would like to get a grade at the end of the project. Most teachers already know that by now, but not all!
  • The grading scheme, a general guideline at HBK when software development is involved (not obligatory for teachers), looks like below.
  • Most of the time all teachers of a project will be involved in giving the grades and when students are working in groups, the whole group will get the same grade.

 

Category Weight Description
Prototype 35% Technical complexity, overall impression, robustness of the system
Concept 30% Initial research, ideas, concept, integration of feedback from teachers
Documentation 25% Technical report, pictures, video, scientific paper
Presentation 10% Participation in Rundgang/Open House, final and intermediate presentations of the progress