The Department of Art, Society and Health is committed to the guiding principle that the arts are essential components of social coexistence. They enable experiences that can be used for individual, social and societal processes of development and change. This requires not only creativity, courage and imagination, but also non-linear thinking and innovative action.
All degrees in our department explore and shape forms of cultural and societal participation. The basis and heart of our approach is always of artistic nature.
This gives access to various professional fields where innovative change processes are in the balance: art therapy, coaching and counselling, or forms of socio-cultural transformation. The theoretical foundation of our degrees is based on current developments in the philosophy of aesthetics, where performative and action-oriented aspects are increasingly coming to the fore, as well as on solution-based, systemically-founded concepts of artistically applied practice.
Our team is composed of experienced researchers, academics and artists from various fields and disciplines, whereby the whole range of artistic media is represented: Visual arts, performance, poetry, music and dance.
The Department of Art, Society and Health offers two part-time and two full-time courses. The part-time courses are the Master's of Art Analog Coaching (M.A.) and the Master's of Intermedial Art Therapy (M.A.). The full-time programs are the Master's of Intermedial Art Therapy (M.A.) and the Bachelor's of Expressive Arts in Social Transformation (EAST). The Bachelor degree EAST can major in the fields of Fine Arts, Music, Poetry or Performance Art.
Our degree programs thus train students for artistic work in various areas: for work in clinical, pedagogical or socio-cultural areas, as well as in social institutions and commercial firms.
Intermedial, artistic, solution-oriented and transdisciplinary
Depending on the degree, we focus on an intermedial orientation, i.e. in addition to fine arts, the degree also includes music, dance, performance and poetry. At times, a transdisciplinary orientation predominates, which strives for a combination of a conceptual-analytical approach and art-analogous practice.