About Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching and New Media Arts

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  • Interdisciplinary Teaching and New Media Arts

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  • About Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching and New Media Arts

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  • In 1992, a technical high school in Buenos Aires decided to create a special program joining music with sciences and new technology studies. This was fitting in such a natural way for the students that they were going from their “sound-oriented” biology classes (focusing on the human hearing system and our phonatory capabilities) to their mathematics classes (where logarithms were used to explain musical scales) to their history classes (including both a broad human history approach as well as specific links with music in different periods) to the music and multimedia lab (with specially designed workstations where students were learning, discussing, analyzing  and creating).

    In 1996, the Multimedia Communication national program started to be developed at the National Ministry of Education of Argentina, an it was applied in schools around the country, as part of a new educational system. The Multimedia Communication program, with over 1500 hours of specific study through three years, is a competencies-based modular structure, using several intertwined streams with multiple deliveries. It created the teaching/learning basic standards to approach image synthesis, video, new media, and sound art/music production and creation with a new level of freedom in terms of creativity, use of resources and knowledge, unthinkable only a short time ago. In 2000, the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTreF) started offering a five-year long Electronic Arts program, including two streams, one focusing on electronic image, the other focusing on sound production/music creation using new technologies. The same University also created the Electronic Arts Experimenting and Research Centre (CEIArtE) whose focus is on new media arts research, and creation and dissemination projects. This Centre is a pioneer in media arts research in the region.

    Interdisciplinary team-teaching has been in the core of these projects where artists, engineers and scientists worked together to get a rich variety of results. New media arts learning have been a goal in itself, but also a way to help in educating young generations about new teaching approaches, research paradigms and job models able to open a different, creative, appealing and productive world.

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