The Media Informatics Master program is an interdisciplinary 2 year program offered by the RWTH Aachen University, University of Bonn and the Fraunhofer Institutes FIT and IAIS in St. Augustin near Bonn. Courses in this program take place at the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (b-it). Based on a Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field of study you learn to transfer your basic knowledge to the applied fields of modern information technology and to reflect its impact. The courses are completely in English but you are required to learn German within the program.
How is the program structured?
Your studies are structured in five different areas:
- Computer and Communication Technology
- Multimedia Technology
- Use and Impact of Multimedia
- Lab work
- Communication Skills
In each of these fields you have to do modules (courses) for a specified amount of Credits. Some of the courses are mandatory, while others can be chosen freely from all offered courses. If your previous studies already included some of the compulsory courses you can also replace them with other chosen courses.
How many courses should be done, which are obligatory?
In Computer and Communication Technology: 20 Credits. The courses “Object-Oriented Software Construction” and “Data Communication and Internet Technology” are obligatory.
In Multimedia Technology: 20 Credits. The course “Computer Graphics” is obligatory.
In Multimedia Use and Impact: 10 Credits. The course “Designing Interactive Systems” is obligatory.
Furthermore you can choose courses for 8 additional Credits from any of the three areas above.
In Lab work you have to do two lab courses. One of those has to be at one of the participating Fraunhofer Institutes.
In the area of Communication Skills you have to take the course “Technical Writing” and one seminar. Non-German-speaking students have to complete a German course; students who already speak German have to replace this with another course from this area.
At the end of your studies you have to apply your knowledge in a Master Thesis which you will work on during the last half year of your studies.
What are the formal prerequisites?
You need a first degree (Bachelor) in Computer Science or a closely related discipline awarded by an internationally recognized university-level institution. Furthermore you have provide a confirmation for your English language skills (TOEFL 550 paper-based / 213 computer-based / 80 internet-based or IELTS 6.0).