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About the Institute

The relatively large number of professorships with different focuses (film, television, digital media, audio-visual transfer processes, media organisation) and the staff associated with each of them ensure that Marburg’s media studies cover the entire scope of the subject. Students of media studies can thus choose from a broad range of topics and focus on their own fields of interest.

In addition to hosting several (also international) academic events regularly, the Institute of Media Studies is also part of a strong network with the media culture landscape in and around Marburg. In cooperation with the city of Marburg, for instance, the Marburg Camera Award ceremony is held once a year. Students may contribute to the organisation of the Marburg Camera Award and the Marburg Camera Talks as part of a course. Outside of the curriculum, the Open Eyes film festival or the cinema programme Traumakino, for example, provide opportunities for students’ initiative.

Another real-world connection is the editorial board of the media science journal MEDIENwissenschaft: Rezensionen|Reviews, located at the department. The journal links journalistic and critical practice to theory construction in media studies.

The institute has its own computer game laboratory (Gamelab) where personal experience in dealing with computer games in an academic manner can be gained simultaneously to courses in ‘Game Studies’. In addition, the institute’s media centre provides technical equipment (e.g. workstations for cutting and cameras) with which students can themselves try the handling of media technology on their own initiative or in the context of exercise classes.