Department of Media & Design

Media Design

My Studies


Key subject areas

Over the past few years, new forms of video production have emerged which are strongly shaped by the opportunities offered by computer-aided production techniques. Films tell their stories in digitally generated artificial worlds. Sometimes these virtual worlds merge with real-world scenarios, graphical and typographical elements or turn into interactive environments providing an augmented experience. This wide range of possibilities is reflected in the diversity of narrative concepts in modern media production.

In the Media Design programme, you will learn about time-based media such as video, 3D animation, motion graphics and their applications in various media formats and channels. The focus is on practical projects. The relevant knowledge and technical skills will be provided in seminars and workshops. In addition to traditional techniques of video and animation film, you will also learn about the use of digital production and post-production tools.

The course is based on seminars and workshops dealing with the narrative dramaturgy of film, video and computer games. Interdisciplinary subjects on the use of video in interactive environments and exhibitions as well as business courses and international guest lectures round off the curriculum.

What specialisations are available?

In the Media Design programme, you will further develop your expertise in specialist fields of design such as motion design, on-air design, game design and online publishing as well as in various interdisciplinary settings. You will focus on new narrative forms, combine conceptual and design content and take account of interdisciplinary aspects.

Design & Research

In the Design & Research course, you will have the chance to explore and work on your own topics throughout the duration of your studies. This generally forms the basis for your final Master’s thesis.

Study mode, self-study and attendance

Study mode

The Master’s course in Media Design is organised to fit in with part-time work commitments with lessons taking place between Tuesday and Friday. The average required attendance during the first three semesters is 19 hours per week. It is therefore possible to combine your studies with a part-time job. The fourth semester is dedicated to writing the Master’s thesis. During the semester, classes take place from 9:00 to 18:30 from Tuesday to Friday. E-learning sessions are not available.


The workload is based on the following ECTS credits: each semester, students are credited with 30 ECTS points for a workload of approx. 750 hours. Around 20 units of attendance are deducted from this during the first three semesters and the supervision of the Master’s thesis in the fourth semester. This results in a workload of approx. 520 hours during the first three semesters, or 34 hours per week. The Master’s thesis should correspond to a workload of 750 to 800 hours.


There is compulsory attendance in all courses of FH JOANNEUM. You may be excused if you present a doctor’s certificate to show that you were ill. Students require a minimum 80% attendance level. If you miss more than 20%, you will fail the course and won’t be able to sit the first examination. The head of degree programme has the final decision about the consequences of absence as well as exceptions to compulsory attendance. We try to accommodate any extra-curricular design-related activities our students may wish to pursue.