The “Free Academy for Cognition and Design,” as the Merz Akademie was called in 1918, the year it was founded, already sought to integrate intellectual and physical work into a single process.
The various aesthetic practices in design, art, film, or new media at the Merz Akademie do not simply treat existing knowledge; rather, they produce it as their own media and formal conditions in the sense of artistic research.The teaching of scientific competence and artistic research play a significant role in the education and orientation of the university.
In its research activities, the Merz Akademie is particularly dedicated to the process of mutual exchange between design, technology, art, and scholarship, thus opening up a field for research and artistic practice that is meant to speak to artists and designers as well as to scholars in the humanities.
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The library consists of a current canon of literature and media from the four areas of study. The library is focused on the theory and practice of art and design, as well as cultural theory in the broadest sense. Alongside the regional library, there are numerous other libraries in Stuttgart available for use by those studying at the Merz Akademie.
Since 1990, the Merz Akademie has been located in the Kulturpark Berg in a former military hospital. In 2015, the campus was expanded to include the building at Teckstraße 62, which now houses additional classrooms and two shared flats for students.In addition, the Haus des Dokumentarfilms with Landesfilmsammlung Baden-Württemberg has also moved to the Merz Campus. Since September 2017, the Merz Berufskolleg für Grafik-Design has also been teaching here. In three years, the Merz Berufskolleg für Grafik-Design offers full-time instruction leading to the professional qualification “Staatlich geprüfte/r Grafik-Designer/in” and parallel to the Fachhochschulreife.
Students of the Merz Akademie can take advantage of the courses offered by University Sports Stuttgart at student rates.The aim of University Sports Stuttgart is a multifaceted, high-quality and cost-effective sports and exercise offer. The sports program should be motivating and balance the study- or the work-life.
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