OPEN CALL: Graduate School for Moving Image: Analogue Realities, Digital Materialities at the Kunsthochschule Kassel (School of Art and Design Kassel)

Winter semester 2020/21
Deadline for applications: 30.04.2020
Application to: graduiertenschule-bewegtbild[at]

The Graduate School for Moving Image: Analogue Realities, Digital Materialities will be established at the Kunsthochschule Kassel as an experimental project that aims to further develop the third phase (i.e. postgraduate, after an MA, Magister or equivalent artistic degree) at the Kunsthochschule. The Graduate School will span the field of moving image between games, visuals, animation, video, new media and film. The participating artistic researchers will be enrolled for two years as ‚Meisterschüler*innen‘ at the Kunsthochschule; their participation will be confirmed with a certificate. The Graduate School aims to address graduates of the KhK's artistic courses of study, as well as artists/filmmakers/authors with artistic degrees from other colleges and universities. Admission to the Graduate School is possible for the next two years at the beginning of each semester.

If you wish to apply, please send the following material (as PDF file) as your application to graduiertenschule-bewegtbild[at] by 30.04.2020, 11:59 p.m.:

  • a proposal of one to two pages outlining the project you plan to realize in the Graduate School;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a short portfolio of previous works which may/should also contain links to moving images.

For international applicants:

  • a language certificate for German or English level B2, accroding to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
  • a german university certificate or alternatively an international university certificate and a translation into German or English by an approved translator.

A jury comprised of lecturers from the KhK will select candidates in a two-stage procedure. Each selected candidate will have to publicly introduce their project to the art school in a short presentation at the beginning of the winter semester.

The Kunsthochschule Kassel collects the most comprehensive expertise in the field of moving image in Hesse. This expertise is produced and presented at the KhK above all through the work of its students. The Graduate School for Moving Image: Analogue Realities, Digital Materialities takes this fact into account, as it will intensify and expand this expertise on a postgraduate level. Artistic research on moving image always also addresses commercial and consumer formats and changes in visual (moving) content through distribution channels such as social media or streaming platforms which expand access to discourse and image production for constantly growing numbers of audiences and authors. At the Kunsthochschule Kassel arts based research is already analysing, generating and decomposing the aesthetics and questions.

The Graduate School for Moving Image wants to make it easier for the participating postgraduate researchers working on the basis of art, design and moving image to understand themselves as researchers and to be able to assert themselves legitimately as such. In addition, the participants will be able to pursue their project even more intensively in the context of interdisciplinary supervision and mutual support within the group than has previously been possible in the status of master students. Additional courses by external experts will be organised to support the young researchers in their chosen professions as artists, visual authors and filmmakers, both in terms of content and organisation. An integral part of the programme are public presentations and exhibitions, for which the school provides material costs. These presentations will be documented and the documentation published. The participation of young researchers in the design of the graduat school is desired and planned.