ECTS Catalogue

Media Theory

Pedagogue: prof. ASP dr hab. Małgorzata Jankowska

Field Description
karta przedmiotu (pdf/doc/odt) lack of data
type of classes wykład;
course language Polish;
method of learning outcomes verification

Credit is obtained in the semester mode: credit - sem. winter / course with note - sem. summer. Pass requirements:


1. attendance

2. activity during classes: the ability to formulate questions and answers in the area of ​​topics covered and discussed texts. Current knowledge of processed material and selected texts. Knowledge will be verified during classes and written verification tests (materials and scope of questions will be provided in advance).

3. preparation of a presentation on a selected topic of issues discussed during classes.

Assessment criteria:

The final grade depends on the level of knowledge and independent work obtained during the classes (from both semesters) - verification during the checking test (closed and open questions from the range of issues discussed in class and selected texts) and self-prepared presentation on a selected topic (bibliography). , approaching the topic, completeness of theses, how to prepare the presentation).

2. Class attendance (2 unexcused absences are allowed, in the case of a greater number of unexcused absences, the student / student must pass oral material processed in class during their absence).

3. Crediting sem. winter is based on the presence and knowledge of the processed material and the check test on the topics of both semesters.

subject description

Cognitive purpose: (planned effects in the field of knowledge): A student is able to identify the leading trends and issues of 20th and 21st century art; can name theoreticians, artists and leading institutions discussing / dealing with media art, uses the concepts of media theory. He can determine the meaning and role that "media" play in culture and art. Understands the importance of techniques and media used in artistic practice. Is aware of the changes taking place in culture and art and the interrelationships between them and the impact science and technology have had on these areas.

Educational purpose: (planned outcomes in terms of skills): The student is able to use the acquired knowledge in the course of further studies, understands the importance of knowledge in the context of the major and selected specialty.

Practical goal: (planned social competences): Student is able to formulate questions and answers in the area of ​​art theory and media independently. He undertakes discussions, shows readiness to take up new topics, knows how to accumulate knowledge in the field of theory and history of art and culture and use it when constructing critical statements, and as a basis for his own artistic practice.

short subject description

The subject Theory of media is devoted to issues of media present in cultural space, especially those that in the 20th / 21st century, as M. Hopfinger wrote, "significantly influenced the communication experiences of cultural participants". Starting from the concept of medium, the most important issues related to the role and importance of media - 'old' and new in the context of scientific and technological progress as well as changing types of culture will be discussed. Classes cover the possible wide range of artistic practices, taking into account, above all, all forms of expanding and experimenting with materials, techniques, as well as methods and forms of expression. The issues of the importance of media and their role in the history of art will also be discussed, up to the notion of post-media. Issues will be discussed on the basis of selected examples in the field of visual arts: painting, graphics, sculpture and photography, film, intermedia, new media art, bio-art, supported by theoretical texts.

form of classes

General education methods:

Feeding methods: Conversational lecture (with multimedia presentation supplemented by visual materials, including, among others: documentation of artistic projects, original and feature films, exhibition documentation).

Seeking methods (independent learning): practice (repetition and consolidation of processed material, preparation of presentation)

Contact hours resulting from the study program: 60h

Non-contact hours - student's own work 30 hours.

total hours: 90h

ECTS credits: 2

subject area coverage

1. Collage, montage and hybrid art forms

2. Media in a cultural context

3. Found-footage, subversion, scratch video

4. Time and space - from kinetic art and environment to net art

5. The social context of art - participatory art, happening, interactivity

6. Art and performativity. New concepts of communication between the artist and the recipient

7. The body as a medium in a changing culture. Review of theories and art projects

8. New media in art (moist media, bio-art)

evaluation form zaliczenie; egzamin;

Literatura obowiązkowa (wybrane fragmenty):

1. Nowe media w komunikacji społecznej XX wieku: antologia, red. Maryla Hopfinger, Oficyna Naukowa, Warszawa 2002 (wybór)

2. Hopfinger, Maryla, Doświadczenia audiowizualne. O mediach w kulturze współczesnej, 2003.

3. BarthesRoland, Światło obrazu, KR Wydawnictwo, 1996

4. Cotton Charlotte, Fotografia jako sztuka współczesna, Universitas,

5. Czartoryska Urszulia, Fotografia – mowa ludzka. Perspektywy teoretyczne, pod redakcją Leszka Brogowskiego, Gdańsk 2004.

6. Kluszczyński, Ryszard W., Obrazy na wolności. Studia z historii sztuk medialnych w Polsce, Warszawa 1998.

7. Kluszczyński, Ryszard, Film - wideo - multimedia. Sztuka ruchomego obrazu w erze elektronicznej, Rabid 2002

8. McLuhan Marshall Wybór tekstów, red. Eric McLuhan i Frank Zingrone, przeł. Ewa Różalska, Jacek M. Stokłosa, Zysk i S-ka, Poznań 2001 (wybór)

9. Ogonowska Agnieszka Twórcze metafory medialne. Baudrillard – McLuhan – Goffman, Universitas, Kraków 2010 (wybór).

10. Carlson Marvin, Performans, przeł E. Kubikowska, Warszawa 2007.

11. Manovich Lev, Język nowych mediów, Warszawa 2006 

12. Alicja Kępińska, Sztuka w kulturze płynności, Poznań 2003

13. Ryszard Kluszczyński, Społeczeństwo informacyjne. Cyberkultura. Sztuka multimediów, Wydawnictwo Rabit 2001

14. Ryszard Kluszczyński, Społeczeństwo informacyjne. Cyberkultura. Sztuka multimediów, Wydawnictwo Rabit 2001

15. Zawojski Piotr, Elektroniczne obrazoświaty. Między sztuką a technologią, Kielce 2000

16. Interaktywne media sztuki, red., A. Porczak, ASP Kraków 2009 

17. Kluszczyński Ryszard W., Sztuka interaktywna. Od dzieła instrumentu do interaktywnego spektaklu, 2010

18. A.Leśniak, Popiół i szarość - pamięć koloru. Jacques Derrida i Anselm Kiefer 

19. Guy Debord, Społeczeństwo spektaklu oraz Rozważania o społeczeństwie spektaklu, PIW, Warszawa 2006

20. Claire Bishop, Sztuczne piekła Sztuka partycypacyjna i polityka widowni, Fundacja Bęc Zmiana, Warszawa 2015

21. Bakke Monika, Bio-transfiguracje. Sztuka i estetyka posthumanizmu, Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, Poznań 2010


Dodatkowe teksty uzupełniające będą wprowadzane zgodnie z zagadnieniami i dbałością o ich dostępność. 


placement/internships (connected with field of study/subject area), artistic plein-airs

not applicable

entry requirements
formal requirements

Nie dotyczy

preliminary assumptions

Completing lectures on art history included in the study program

learning outcomes
social competences

Classes teach and encourage learning. They sensitize to changes occurring within art, including painting, resulting from the changing reality, culture and technology as well as other fields of science that accompany and support artistic activities. They prepare students for the need to constantly expand their knowledge and cognitive skills in order to better understand the world and realize independent and current artistic statements.


Is ready to reflect on the social, scientific and ethical aspects related to his own artistic activities and the ethos of the painter's profession, which is one of the most important issues in the theory and history of art, including painting in the context of the changing concepts of art embedded in difficult XX and XXI century.


Is able to communicate with recipients, critics and curators by developing statements about his own work, differentiating it depending on the recipient, in such a way that it is legible and understandable, and at the same time consistent with the assumptions of the topic.


Knows selected issues of detailed knowledge specific to issues related to the Department of Painting, in addition, knows the history of the discipline in the field of art XX, XXI century, knows the most important trends, breakthroughs and transformations that painting undergoes over the centuries. Knows artists representing the direction and events that are relevant in the context of art. Has knowledge of the theoretical concepts of painting and its embedding in the broader context of art, culture and technology.


Knows the historical and cultural context associated with the area of painting and its relationship with other areas of modern life, including technology, new media and other areas of science. He can indicate their mutual relationships and meanings for culture and society. He knows the most important and crucial moments in the history of painting (XX and XXI century) caused by historical and political events. Recognizes painting and other art disciplines as important elements of culture.


Studies List

studies status Time<br>[h] ECTS form credit
Painting / Technology of Public Art s.6 r 30 2 L 30h
L [E]
L [Z]

Semester 2019/20-SS (Z-winter,L-summer)
Course code: #35.13437