20.325 call for applications: MSc in Multimedia Systems for Cultural Heritage

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 06:29:46 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 20, No. 325.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2006 07:55:16 +0000
         From: "Economou Daphne" <d.economou_at_ct.aegean.gr>
         Subject: Call for applications for the "M.Sc. in Multimedia
Systems for Cultural Heritage"

The University of Westminster, UK and the
University of the Aegean, Greece announce a call for applications for the
M.Sc. in Multimedia Systems for Cultural Heritage
(title subject to approval) for the Academic year 2007-2008,
application deadline 16/03/07, course starting July 2007.

Call for application

The Harrow School of Computer Science (HSCS) at
the University of Westminster and the Department
of Cultural Technology and Communication (DCTC)
at the University of the Aegean, announce a call
for applications for the MSc in Multimedia
Systems for Cultural Heritage=94, to run the
academic year 2007-2008. This degree is a one
year full-time or two years part-time programme
and attempts to include in its subjects the
latest developments in the field of the field of
information and communication technologies
influencing the transformation mechanisms in the
domains of Culture and Communication. It is an
accredited partnership programme which will run
partly at the University of Westminster, UK and
partly at the University of the Aegean, Greece,
where both institutions contribute modules which
they are already delivering. The course and its
intermediate awards operate in accordance with
Westminster University's Academic Regulations,
including the Modular Framework for Postgraduate
Courses and the Framework for Higher Education
Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern
Ireland published by the Quality Assurance Agency
for Higher Education (QAA) in the UK. Application
deadline for the course is 16 March 2007 and the
course will start in July 2007.

General information

The MSc in Multimedia Systems for Cultural
Heritage seeks to provide an academic, creative
and professional experience of both a theoretical
and practical nature in the area of cultural
studies, museology and interactive multimedia and
draws together theory and knowledge from the
disciplines of information and computer science,
art and graphic design and museum studies. This
broad understanding is stimulated by the course=92s
strategy of accepting students from a wide range
of disciplines, such as archaeology, media and
information and computer science, and by
organising the curriculum so that there is a
provision for diverse range of experiences,
skills, and critical debate to expose students to
new disciplines, as well as to allow them to
apply their own expertise in a new medium or
discipline. Based on these premises, the content
of the course is organised around three major themes:

-- Interaction design and multimedia
systems - the students are exposed to the
theories of Interaction Design and techniques of
Human Computer Interaction, as well as to the
software, hardware and network advances related
to the development and use of multimedia applications

-- Heritage Computing - the students are
educated on both the theoretical framework and
practical considerations related to the use of
Information and Communication Technologies in Museums,
Libraries and Archives

-- Digitisation of collections and
content management - the students gain knowledge
on the content and methods of digitisation and
management of museums=92 and other institutions=92 collections

Modules and modes of study

The MSc in Multimedia Systems for Cultural
Heritage comprises of seven taught modules. These
modules are designed to provide the foundational
skills and knowledge required for the discipline as a whole.

-- 2MLS7H1 Digital Applications for the Presentation of Exhibits
-- 2MLS7H2 Issues of Interaction Design
-- 2MLS7H3 Digitisation of Collections
-- 2MLS7H4 3D Digitisation and Visualisation
-- 2MLS7H5 Content Management Systems
-- 2MLS7H6 Multimedia Design and 3D Animation
-- 2MLS78H Research Methods and Transferable Skills
-- 2MLS79H Multimedia in Cultural Heritage Projects

The course is offered in intensive block mode
teaching, with the taught part of each of the
seven 20-credit modules ? [20 level 7 credit
module] delivered in =91week-release=92 mode followed
by a self-study week that includes surgeries.
While at a module level there is no distinction
between full-time and part-time studying,
full-time students must take 7 modules and
complete a [dissertation? final?] project within
a year. Students who are expected to complete the
course in a period longer than a year -- normally
classified as part-time students -- are expected
to take 3-4 taught modules in their first year of
study followed by the remaining taught modules
and the final project in the second year of their study.

A unique feature of the course is that it brings
together two institutions: the Harrow School of
Computer Science (HSCS) at the University of
Westminster and the Department of Cultural
Technology and Communication (DCTC) at the
University of the Aegean, with a great portfolio
of courses covering cultural heritage computing,
artificial intelligence, creative multimedia,
computer games, music informatics, business
computing, computer networks and communications,
museology, and Cultural Studies. Specialised
experts from both Universities provide students
with an in-depth understanding of the issues
involved in the design and implementation of
virtual museums and libraries, cultural digital
products, information kiosks and mobile devices
for museums and sites, and websites, taking into
consideration both technical and conceptual
issues. The block mode delivery of the course is
planned to address professionals' needs in
getting specialised in an area of their interest
without having to quit work commitments for a
whole year to attend a postgraduate course.

Admission requirements

The course is open to computer literate graduates
with a first or second-class Honours degree in
either: a) an arts or humanities or related
discipline (e.g. Archaeology, History, History of
Art, Cultural Studies, Social Sciences) or b) a
technology-based course with a 'creative'
component such as multimedia or web development
and/or industrial experience within a creative
industry (such as multimedia or games).
An open-minded attitude will be taken towards
entry requirements and it will be possible to
relax the formal educational requirements for
those employed in an industrial or academic
context that is intimately related to Multimedia,
Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies. Where
necessary, the relevance of the applicant's first
degree or industrial experience will be
determined at the interview and by the portfolio.
Candidates are required to show competence in
both written and spoken English to university
standard. International students will be required
to have obtained one of the following
qualifications (other equivalent English language
qualifications may be accepted):

-- British Council/Cambridge
International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) (minimum score of=

-- American Test of English as a Foreign
Language (TOEFL) score of 600. (The minimum
overall score for the computer-based test is 250)

-- Cambridge Proficiency Test in English (minimum grade C)

Admission Procedure

Application forms are assessed on the basis of
the above minimum requirements and those who meet
these criteria are invited for interview. The
purpose of the interview is to assess the
candidates on perceived ability to deal with the
academic demands of the course and assurance that
they will benefit from the course and are likely to complete it=

To Apply:

Admissions & Marketing Office
University of Westminster
Harrow Campus
Watford Road
Northwick Park
Phone: +44 (0) 207 911 5903
Fax: +44(0) 207 911 5955

Application deadline 16/03/2007

For Academic Advice:
Dr Daphne Economou
Course Leader

or D.Economou_at_wmin.ac.uk
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