For over 135 years, MOME has played a leading and influential role in Hungarian academic art education. The MOME educational model incorporates a multi-disciplinary system, merging theory and practice. Our program introduces students to professional problem solving methods through specific practice-based projects, which encourage continuous dialogue between students and faculty in the disciplines of architecture, design, and media.
Programs of Instruction
The educational system of our university is in the process of restructuring. Eleven BA programs were introduced in September 2007, and a 2-year program leading to an MA will begin in 2010. This innovative 3+2+3 year system will culminate with 3 years of doctoral training, allowing students to obtain DLA and PhD degrees.
Our educational program includes the following areas of art:
Architecture (architecture, interior and furniture design), Design (transportation and product design, jewelry, ceramics, textile and fashion design), and Media Art (animation, photography, media design, graphic design).
The university owns and operates an individual design gallery – the Ponton Gallery – and a library. In addition to its educational activities, the Ponton Gallery organizes exhibitions portraying nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and plays a leading role in the development of design and visual culture. MOME’s library possesses a unique collection of architectural and design literature and is open not only to the students and faculty of the University but also to the general public.
Educational and Creative Activities: Animation
Animation education has been ongoing at the University since 1980, beginning as a special program within the Visual Communication Department. The co-founder and partner of the animation course of study was Pannonia Filmstudio, a state owned (and sole) animation studio during the communist era in Hungary. Although Pannonia stopped supporting the animation program in the early 1990s, the professional education of animation “designer-artists” has been ongoing continuously since 1980.
Although the present 5-year program leading to a university degree in animation is being phased out, a 3-year course of study leading to a BA was begun in fall 2007. A course of study leading to an MA in animation education will begin in 2010.
The courses in animation at MOME merge traditional methods of creating animation with the efficiencies of digital tools. During their studies each semester, students have the opportunity to produce their own content , such as animated shorts, TV specials, commissioned animations, interactive applications, games, communication tools and other formats.
Both traditional animation techniques (puppet animation, hand-drawn animation) and animation methods applied in new media (interactive applications, digital animation) play important roles in our educational programs.
These modular programs consist of practical tasks that build upon one another, in which creative practice is paramount. Students solve tasks by taking on the roles of a director or a “lead designer”. Such tasks range from elaborating the creative concept to overcoming obstacles of execution.