What is the media lab?

Three institutes. One course. The Creative Media Lab creates a space for innovative, interdisciplinary projects.

Do you have topics and ideas for new multimedia formats? Are you studying audio-visual publishing, journalism, film studies, media dramaturgy or time-based media? We offer you a new opportunity to network with other media studies programs.

Exchange ideas. Bring your experiences and skills along. Find fellow students to start projects with. Work on short films, documentaries, essays, animated and explanatory films, interactive and journalistic formats.

Above all: try something out!

When does the media lab take place?

The Creative Media Lab started in WS19/20 and can be taken for one or two semesters, depending on your course of study. You will work together in groups of at least three people from different study programs. How you divide up the project time is largely up to you and your fellow participants.

We offer individual consultations for finding ideas, groups, feedback and agreements. Depending on your ideas, we would invite experts from the field who can give you valuable tips for your project. Group appointments always take place on Mondays from 10:00 to 13:00.

How do I take the media lab?

Depending on your course of study, you can select the Creative Media Lab via the following modules:

  • B.A. Film Studies: Via module 08-1 “Film Practice” instead of “Exercise: Film Practice (Fimo)”. You can take the media lab for 1 semester and must complete 6 ECTS (this equals a total of 180 working hours). As a module exam you will complete an ungraded portfolio with work samples
  • B.A. Audio-visual Publishing: Via module 05 or 06 ”Editorial team training CTV I or II”. You can take the media lab for one or two semesters and must complete 5 ECTS per semester (this equals a total of 150 working hours). As a module examination, you can prepare a graded portfolio consisting of a freely chosen work piece, a format development or the concept for a project and the corresponding theoretical reflection
  • B.A. Time-based Media: Via the freely selectable project module. You can take the media lab for one or two semesters and must complete 9 ECTS per semester (this equals a total of 270 working hours). The project submission counts as a module exam. In addition, we offer the possibility to acquire a theory certificate (3 ECTS) per semester by reflecting on the theoretical parts of the practical work
  • M.A. Media Dramaturgy: Via module 05 “Practical module 2” instead of “Media Drama Lab II”. You can take the media lab for one semester and must complete 10 ECTS (this equals a total of 300 working hours). As module examination you will complete an ungraded portfolio with work samples
  • M.A. Journalism: Via module 08 “Project work”. You can take the media lab for two semesters and must complete 4 ECTS per semester (this equals a total of 120 working hours). As a module examination you will complete a graded portfolio with work samples in the second semester (Project Lab II)
  • M.A. Time-based Media: Via the freely selectable project module. You can take the media lab for one or two semesters and must complete 6 ECTS per semester (this equals a total of 180 working hours). The project submission counts as a module exam. In addition, we offer the possibility of acquiring a theory certificate (3 ECTS) per semester by reflecting on the theoretical parts of the practical work
  • Allocation of remaining places: The Creative Media Lab is basically open to all students of the Institutes of Media Design, Journalism and Film, Theater, Media and Cultural Studies. This is valid even if you have already completed the modules mentioned. A total of 45 people can be admitted (ideally 7 to 8 per course). For the allocation of remaining places, an email to kreatives.medienlabor@uni-mainz.de with information on name, matriculation number, field of study, and semester of study is required no later than 08 April, 23:00. Course admissions will be announced before April 12.

What are the course and module credits?

Course credits include active participation in seminar sessions (plenary and coaching) and the completion of a project. The amount of work corresponds to the respective courses (ECTS), so it varies depending on which degree program and course you come from.

The module credits also correspond to the respective assigned courses (see above). In justified individual cases, it is possible, in consultation with the lecturers of the Creative Media Lab and the assigned course, to take an alternative course credit in the Creative Media Lab, such as a scientific examination of a selected question that reflects aspects of the work of the Creative Media Lab.

 

Was bisher geschah

Here you can find an overview of past projects.

Do you have further questions?

Contact us:

Creative Media Lab
Email: kreatives.medienlabor@uni-mainz.de

Jens Hartmann
Email: jenshart@uni-mainz.de

Philipp Neuweiler
Email: philipp.neuweiler@uni-mainz.de

Other project participants:

Prof. Olaf Hirschberg; Dr. Roman Mauer; Prof. Dr. Thomas Meder, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexandra Schneider; Univ.-Prof. Dr. Katja Schupp