The MPhil in Media Practices is structured to provide students with the intellectual and skills-based means to complete a graduate-level thesis that utilizes media practices in considering contemporary architectural issues. The experimental role of media in formulating the thesis is essential to the course and its activities.
The program questions architecture through the use of media practices, reconsidering how these practices might elicit an expanded investigation of contemporary architecture. Students will study historical and traditional modes of representing architecture before undertaking investigations into alternative and expanded practices – including film- and sound-based work, documentary and nonconventional publications. This preparation will lead to the production of a thesis that draws on diverse media practices as a means of investigating current architectural issues.
Term 1 – Static Media
Term 1 is dedicated to an investigation of static media, including writing, modes of publication (both conventional and non-conventional) and photography. The term is divided into three associated components – a research seminar, which investigates the conceptual, theoretical and historical aspects of these media; a documentation seminar, which considers representational and interpretive means of considering these media in exploring architecture; and a workshop, which fosters an experimentation and investigation with these media.
Term 2 – Time-Based Media
Term 2 is dedicated to an investigation of time-based media, including film- and sound-recording and filmmaking. Following the structure of Term 1, the term is divided into three associated components – a research seminar, which investigates the conceptual, theoretical and historical aspects of these media; a documentation seminar, which considers representational and interpretive means of considering these media in exploring architecture; and a workshop, which fosters an experimentation and investigation with these media.
Term 3 – Thesis Proposal
Term 3 is spent developing the proposal for the Thesis Project. The proposal is formulated in seminar, group workshops and negotiation with two supervisors for submission and approval at the end of the term.
Work undertaken during the first year accounts for 60% of the overall taught component of the MPhil in Media Practices.
Terms 4 & 5 – Thesis
During Terms 4 & 5 students will undertake and complete a thesis project that demonstrates their ability to conceptualize, research and realize a graduate level piece of work. The thesis accounts for 40% of the overall taught component at the AA. In keeping with the ambitions of the MPhil in Media Practices, the thesis project can assume a number of different forms: an entirely written thesis, extended photo-essay, cine-essay, film- or sound-based work, or publication materials, to name some possibilities. In all cases the work will be complimented by a 10,000wd document that contextualizes and references the polemic of the thesis. The thesis will be undertaken under the supervision of two faculty members (as principal- and co-supervisor), or one faculty member and an approved external consultant.
Readings and details of the courses are provided in the Course Handbook.