Zurich University of the Arts
Department of Cultural Analysis
Limmatstrasse 47, CH-8005 Zurich
Z-Modules are overarching compulsory-elective courses aimed at all Bachelor students at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). The modules represent a unique and innovative learning and communication platform. Staff and students from various disciplines experiment with manifold methods, procedures, and practices. Cross-disciplinary ventures are subject to critical reflection, and serve to cultivate a comprehensive, interdisciplinary perspective.
Z-Modules are oriented toward either theory or practice, or indeed bring together both perspectives in project-like formats. Modules are open to all ZHdK Bachelor students and should be of interest to all subjects taught at the university; attending some courses may require specific skills. Teaching formats include projects, seminars, workshops, colloquia, excursions; courses are offered as one-week block seminars totalling 30 contact hours.
Z-Module courses are directly related to an umbrella theme, which changes every year, or to specific skills fundamental to creative and artistic work. Recent umbrella themes included “Experiment” and “Lost in Translation.” For the 2010 autumn and 2011 spring semesters, the guiding theme is “47° 21’ 59’’ / 8° 32’ 36’’ <> 360°.”
The respective skills within the various skills areas involve basic forms of aesthetic experience, which assume an applied, reflected form in relation to a given content (reading images, hearing sounds, reading movements and performances, etc.). At the same time, they also provide important theoretical and practical fundamentals for the further development of individual creative processes, personal and interpersonal skills, and teaching and critical reflection skills. Skills-based courses are offered on a recurrent basis.
Z-Modules are offered in the autumn and spring semesters, in weeks 7 and 37 respectively. 3 ECTS are awarded per module. Bachelor students are required to earn a total of 9 Z-Module ECTS. Using a designated online enrolment portal, students register for and attend modules according to their individual interests.