Master Module in Art, Science and Technology
The MAST project is developing an applied study module at the intersections of Art, Science and Technology, combining methodologies and practices that intertwine the academic sphere closely with the Culture and Creative Sectors. Nurturing a critical perspective on the historical, economical, social and above all cultural relevance of this interdisciplinary blend within the new digital shift, the MAST project develops innovative, ICT-enhanced teaching and learning methods. Students from different countries and disciplines will, under mentorship of engineers, scientists and artists, in partnership with relevant NGOs and industry partners, jointly tackle challenges emerging from the paradox between the obviously disparate agendas of Europe’s ambition towards innovation on the one side, and the need for social equity on the other.
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The MAST project will develop an applied study module at the intersections of Art, Science and Technology, combining methodologies and practices that will intertwine the academic sphere closely with the industry realms of the Culture and Creative Sectors (CCS). Nurturing a competent perspective on the historical, economical, social and above all cultural relevance of this interdisciplinary blend within the new digital shift, the MAST project will apply innovative, ICT-enhanced teaching and learning methods.
The developed model for interdisciplinary and collaborative entrepreneurship as well as career-management will answer the needs of both public (academic intrapreneurship, specialized institutions) and the private sector (companies, NGOs). Therefore it shall rest on a cultural-management savvy approach, combining specific techniques of creative thinking and collaboration for innovation, not least to assure quality, efficiency and equal access on both project and module levels.
The developed international study module, shared among three universities and geared toward easy accreditation (transfer), will consist of between 30 and 60 ECTS worth of courses and other academic mechanisms for quality employment.
The activities of the MAST project are clustered into 5 workpackages, each organized along a line of interconnected activities, throughout the 28 months. Based on a strategy of gradual work-placement combined with support for spin-out or start-up and career self-management, the module will instigate such innovation capacities in both students and the academy that are linked to the real and foreseeable CCS industry needs, but still critically reflect (its) realities and paradoxes.
The developed master study module would comprise of a total of 30 ECTS of MAST-specific courses ranging from 4 to 8 ECTS such as workshops, seminars, an industry-challenge course, tandem mentorships etc., mostly focusing on the practical competencies, trans-disciplinary knowledge and transferable skills.
The project would also develop guidelines for career-development to engage employment partners into the final academic work and integrate mechanisms of direct work placement, internship or scholarship schemes, including realm-specific residency, incubation and mobility schemes. The latter would cover another 10 to 30 ECTS (depending on the final thesis or project within the curriculum) of MAST-related concluding graduate work and mentoring support, such as within a master thesis and/or final project. The MAST project proposal has been developed considering the cost-benefit principle and maximizing good-household practices, such as sharing transport within the SEE/CE region, and technical resources on locations, as well as knowledge and skills, the re-using of existing EU-project legacy and a specific combining of excellence features of each of the partners.
Duration: 28 months
Total project budget: 539.504 EUR
(Creative Europe / Connect/2017/3346110) REFERENCE NUMBER OF THE CALL FOR PROPOSALS
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