Media and event technology

Artists, creatives and athletes need technically qualified professionals to present themselves to their audience. This field of study provides the technical knowledge to produce audiovisual effects. Media technology deals with digital media such as film, television, video, multimedia and the Internet. Event technology is about the planning and technical realization of events, trade fairs, sporting events or concerts.

The study field at a glance

The study of media technology mainly teaches the technical aspects of electronic media - from design to production. In addition to conventional television technology, this includes all media that combine acoustic and optical signals: film, video, multimedia and the so-called new media, especially the Internet. The interdisciplinary program combines engineering subjects, information technology and design elements.

In contrast to the classical engineering professions, media engineers need a particularly versatile orientation: technology and art, production and communication, computer science and electronics, but also natural and social sciences.

In the study of event technology, the basics are taught to plan and carry out events such as trade fairs, sporting events or concerts. This includes setting up and dismantling the equipment, design and decoration of stages, the wiring of complex and networked systems, the proper handling of electronic devices and the mastery of pyrotechnics.

Offered courses

Mainly universities of applied sciences, but occasionally also universities offer Bachelor's and Master's degree courses in this field. For example, the study titles are Media and Communications, Digital Media or Media Engineering.

Contents of the course

In the bachelor program media technology, modules are offered on the scientific and technical fundamentals of mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, communications engineering, measurement technology, computer science, audio / video technology and production engineering. There are also modules from the fields depending on the degree program. Depending on the degree program, creative subjects such as Scenography, sound design, graphic design or lighting design added. Also media studies, media design, media law, communication research, economics and project management are possible subjects.

Other modules - often in connection with application-oriented project work - may, if appropriate, allow specialization in the areas of television, radio, print media, and interactive media as part of a master's program.
In the bachelor program Event Technology, there are modules on the scientific and technical fundamentals of mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, IT and business administration.

Other modules include hydraulics, pneumatics, construction law, occupational safety and health, design, engineering mechanics, lighting technology, sound engineering, event management and cost and performance accounting.

Admission criteria & course application

At polytechnics, a pre-study internship in the media sector is often compulsory, even during the studies practical phases are possible.

Possible careers after graduation

Media technology graduates can work in production studios of radio or television broadcasters, as project managers, technicians or producers in multimedia agencies, at advertising agencies, publishers and publishers other companies in the media industry.

Event technology graduates are in demand at event agencies, trade fair and congress organizers, cultural institutions of municipalities and public event organizers.