At the Chair of Film, Television, Audiovisual Media, Prof. Dr. Susanne Marschall and the staff offer knowledge about the forms, formats and genres in the field of analogue and digital audiovisual media. An extensive engagement with manifold aspects of the production, reception and distribution as well as the history, theory and aesthetics of film are also a part of the teaching. Based on the wide range of topics, we have developed outstanding courses that benefit from a combination of theory and practice.
The importance of practice-based teaching is reflected in the intensive promotion of the production of projects in cooperation with the Center for Media Competence (ZFM). These include websites and blogs (NAPSE, Media Bubble, Kulturkonfetti, Angst), the ARTE documentary Tanz der Schatten about the pioneer of silhouette animation Lotte Reiniger, interactive web documentaries (ZuFlucht, Rot, Jommelli Opera), exhibitions in collaboration with the Weltethos-Institut (Menschenbilder, Querhandeln – ethisches Wirtschaften) and a project on literature in the new media using the example of Hölderlin’s reception. In two Lehrforschungsprojekt courses, students contributed to the stage design, web design and PR of two large-scale opera projects in Tübingen (W – The Truth Beyond, Il cacciatore deluso – Der frustrierte Jäger).
The output of master theses is high at the chair, half of which are on film or media theory and the other half practice-based, combining a written thesis with media production. A continuing interest in documentary film is apparent in these theses. This has led to the professional production of films on socio-critical and ethical issues that are shown on television or at film festivals. Since the founding of the Research Center for Animation and Emerging Media the number of master theses on the theory and practice of animated film has strongly increased.