School of Arts

Selections in Practice 1

This course is part of the programme:
Master's programme in Media Arts and Practices

Objectives and competences

The objectives of this module are to give student autonomous choice and stimulate her/him to develop competence of autonomously steering acquisition of complementary competence, such as logically required by his master project or individual academic interest, in interaction with a wider professional context.


The choice of competency to be accredited under SIP only partly depends on the process of competence negotiation within the Progress Track module, and is free from mentoring decisions or fixed obligations within the student’s Carrier Module selection. The selections are thus left to free student’s choice, as long as argued for within the Progress Track module, and assessed through a consistent report (see below). As such, the selections do not have any prerequisites (if not specified within their own curricular structures, such as e.g. prerequisite courselets in TIP or DIP supportive modules).

NOTE: For a detailed explanation of in-module (courselet-level) relationships and progress mechanism consult the »GENERAL NOTE ON TIP, DIP and SIP supportive modules implementation” at the bottom of this document.

Content (Syllabus outline)

The Selections in Practice (SIP) module represents the so called “open part” of the curriculum, offering the students in the first year (4 ECTS per semester) to freely choose any of the smaller units offered under TIP or DIP, or even attend an additional Studio module run of 4 ECTS, or (upon prior agreement with SIP module leader) accredit any of the externally attained level- and area-relevant credits. Thus the programme offers the student to autonomously choose, but also negotiate along the Progress Track, an individual stress within the competency clusters of techniques, discourses and/or production management (as contained in the DIP module), or programme-external provisions.

Similar as in TIP and DIP supportive modules (see note at the bottom of this document), the choices that make up the credit value and the micro-competencies of this module are negotiated with peers and mentors in the Progress Track module, with the important difference that here the student can ultimately choose whichever provision s/he deems (and argues for as) consistent with his personal pathways, selecting either from TIP, DIP or Studio provisions, or from other study programmes, and not least extra-curricularly, gathering non-formal and informal learning experience. The choice is valid as long as the students can argue for the choice (in advance) and later on consistently report and reflect upon the experience. In case of non-formal and informal learning experience, the student needs to provide ample evidence.

GENERAL NOTE ON TIP; DIP and SIP supportive modules implementation:

Throughout the entire course of study, from semester 1 to semester 4, students enrol in a variety of smaller implementation units (such as “courselets”) which provide them with competencies required for their final master project, always taking into account the individual student’s entry skills and knowledge, are artially ruled by their selection of the Carrier Module and negotiated with the expert mentor within the Progress Track module.

These supportive courses are gathered within three supportive modules named:

Techniques in Practice (TIP)

Discourses in Practice (DIP)

Selections in Practice (SIP)

These modules are compulsory, meaning that students have to earn ECTS from each, but students elect which courselets within the supportive module they will enrol based on their Carrier Module (area of production) needs.

For example, certain Techniques in Practice (TIP) courselets are automatically assigned to specific Carrier Modules, based on production-specific relevance. The selection of TIP, DIP and SIP courselets is always negotiated and confirmed on individual basis by the Carrier Module “expert” mentor(s), for each student, within the Progress Track module.

The Selections in Practice (SIP) module represents the so called “open part” of the curriculum, offering the students in the first year (4 ECTS per semester) to freely choose any of the smaller units offered under TIP or DIP, or even attend an additional Studio module run of 4 ECTS, or (upon prior agreement with SIP module leader) accredit any of the externally attained level- and area-relevant credits. Thus the programme offers the student to autonomously choose, but also negotiate along the Progress Track, an individual stress within the competency clusters of techniques, discourses and/or production management (as contained in the DIP module).

Some of the courses and/or courselets are mobility-oriented and/or concentrated in shorter workshops or structured around blended use of online-supported and classroom-type of teaching. Some are closely connected to Carrier Modules in terms of providing relevant skills and/or knowledge, and are therefore offered as a priority in the sequence of implementation (module-internal prerequisite system of courselets).

There are two clusters of TIP and DIP courses being offered: the WINTER and the SUMMER CLUSTER (reflecting winter and summer semester cycles). This allows for mixing of students from different semesters (1 and 3, 2 and 4), and enables a more sustainable manner of course delivery.

Some courses and/or courselets require specific prerequisites. Timely prerequisite acquisition is one of students’ main concerns, which they will continuously consult with their Carrier Module leader as (expert) mentors and Progress Track Review Committees; in order to acquire all required competencies for successful master project completion (according to the module-internal prerequisite system of courselets).

Techniques in Practice (TIP) supportive module includes a series of courselets that are practice-oriented and offer straightforward techniques and skill-based workshops. They are structured in 2, 3 or 4 ECTS each.

Discourses in Practice (DIP) supportive module includes a series of courselets that are theory, history and criticism-oriented and are structured as lectures or seminars with in 2, 3 or 4 ECTS each. This supportive module also includes, in semesters 1, 3 and 4, courselets with 2 ECTS that are practice and seminar-oriented and supply students with essential skills for fundraising and pitching (in semester 1), presenting, project design and management, distribution and dissemination…

Selections in Practice (SIP) is a separate, cumulative module, where student accredits a total of 8 ECTS (4 ECTS in semester 1 and 4 ECTS in semester 2) within the “open curriculum” principle as described above, in the first year of study.

Student’s number of earned ECTS from three supportive modules can vary within the semesters, but there is a minimum ECTS credits in TIP, DIP and SIP prescribed for the completion of study programme, according to semesters:

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

(At the end of this module the Student…)

× K1 ..understands the importance of autonomous and proactive complementary competency acquisition in the context of own academic and professional pathway.


(The Student…)

× S1 capable of autonomously planning, monitoring and reflecting upon own decisions in competency acquisition.



As specified within selections.


As specified within selections.


Selections in Practice (SIP) is the “open” part of the curriculum, where students can collect ECTS points in extra TIP and DIP courses provided by other universities or in an additional course of the Studio Module. Student’s choice of coursework, either from TIP and DIP supportive modules or other national or international course provision, has to be consulted and confirmed by the progress mentor prior to the selected course enrolment. Student has to gather 8 ECTS in the “open curriculum” selection, ideally 4 ECTS in semester 1 and 4 ECTS in semester 2. • If SIP selection includes TIP and DIP courses, they are graded as prescribed therein. • If SIP selection includes any other outside-of-study provision, the progress mentor confirms the credit value and/or gives (translates) the final grade based on the student’s completion of the coursework, assignments and formal documentation. Grading is thus constituted as follows: – experience report (extended essay) – in case of accrediting “non-formal and informal learning experience” the report must include structured appendices with relevant evidence

Lecturer's references

Rene Rusjan is the programme head and »Contemporary Art Practices« module leader in Digital Arts and Practices BA programme at the School of Arts of University of Nova Gorica. She was the co-founder of KD Galerija GT and Famul Stuart School of Applied Arts and was its programme head since 1994. She initiated and led numerous projects in collaboration of the school and other partner organizations, nationally and internationally.

She received a diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. She works in the field of contemporary art, as an artist in her own projects as well as a co-author in various artistic collaborations. Her work is context-specific and interdisciplinary. Scope: visual, performing arts and intermedia, graphic design, set design, concepting and curating exhibitions and complex art projects; teaching activity in the fields of contemporary art, co-author of several study programmes.


2012 – Faraway, So Close! (Distance Conversations_012) – intermedia work in progress

- The Same Wind, The Same Rain, Chiang Mai Art Centre, Thailand (residency and exhibition)

2011 – Videovečer / Videovečerja, Videosupper, Galerija Photon, Ljubljana

- Kdor sam do večera potuje skoz svet (Simon Gregorčič), theater set design (with Bostjan Potokar), author and director: Neda R. Bric, production SNG Nova Gorica theatre

2010 – Communication project at Postaja Topolove / Stazione di Topolo, Topolo, Italija

- VideoSupper with Rene Rusjan, Kulturni inkubator, Maribor

2009 – TheOneMinutes Trains, svetovni izbor, Rietvelt Arsenale Venice (v izbor prišla z video deloma Train Taveling – Egypt in Train Taveling – Tokyo), Arsenali Novissimi, spremna lokacija ob bienalu v Benetkah

2008 – WorldOneMinutes Video & Literature, svetovni izbor, Beijing Today Art Museum (v izbor prišla z video delom Wake Me Up if I Fall Asleep), premierna razstava v Pekingu, Kitajska, nato Šanghaj, Lisbona, Zagreb, Paramaribo, Bruselj, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Amsterdam in Groningen

- Mother:Earth – mednarodna delavnica žensk iz arabskih in evropskih dežel, Wd8 Art Center, Walkensdorf, Avstrija

2007 – Zbudi me, če zaspim, video, One Minute_São Paolo, SCCA, Videospotting

- Connected, Wd8 Art Center, Walkensdorf, Avstrija (projekt: spletna umetnica Cym)

- Čitalnica SCCA 2007/ Reading Room SCCA 2007, SCCA-Ljubljana, Zavod za sodobno umetnost, Projektna soba

- Danes nimam časa za politiko. Danes nimam časa za umetnost . Danes.., Fotografski projekt; Politično (razstava po izboru članov Društva slovenskih kritikov), Velenje

- Pri meni na vrtu – Cikel Štirje letni časi, Vrt na Komenskega 8, DLUL, Ljubljana (samostojen projekt, vanj sem k sodelovanju povabila kolegice umetnice: Natašo Skušek, Aleksandro Gruden, Eleno Fajt, Cym, karierno sodobno umetnico Mileno Kosec, ter svoje študentke, Evo Nino Cajnko, Martino Černetić, Urško Debevc, Saro Lovrec, Matejo Abram in Bojano Križanec)

- Pogledi / Looks – Home ’07, Ljubljana work-in-progress, ulična intervencija (skupaj z Boštjanom Potokarjem)

- North-South Postcard diary, Station Nord, Honefoss, Norveška

- U3 trienale slovenske umetnosti, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana (zbornik, z Boštjanom Potokarjem)

Peter Purg currently leads the New Media module in the B.A. Digital Arts and Practices programme at the School of Arts, University of Nova Gorica, where he acts as assistant professor and projects coordinator. He holds a PhD in media art, communication science and literature from the University of Erfurt (Germany), publishing and producing in and in-between the areas. His artistic interests range from intermedia performances and interactive installations to web, sound and body art, with a particular focus on public space. His scientific inquiries include media arts pedagogy, collective authorship, discourse poetics, media ecology and culture jamming as well as interaction design, e-learning, interdisciplinary and intercultural management. He currently leads two international academic projects, ADRIART (Advancing Digitally Renewed Interactions in Art Teaching) and HiLoVv (Hidden Lives of Venice on Video), and acts as programme leader of Media Production Management international study programme at IAM-CMPM (Slovenia) for Middlesex University (UK). He lead the interdisciplinary collective Bobnars United with over a hundred music events, research projects and intermedia productions between 2001 and 2006, as well as conceived anti-consumerism interventions within the Podgana PPP street performance group. In 2011 he was awarded “Prometheus of Science for Excellence in Communication” by The Slovenian Science Foundation; he is member of the “University-Business Cooperation” with the European Commission. Peter Purg also acts as independent consultant/advisor or project manager in several research and development projects for the public (schools, universities, ministries) and the private sector.

/selected publications and works/

(selected publications; English translations where applicable; all scientific and professional articles or monographs):

  • “Hypertext as Form and Place of Collective Creativity” 2010, PFAU, Kunst und Technik in medialen Räumen (Germany)
  • ”Bodies in Interactive Space” (scientific monograph) 2007, VDM (Germany)
  • ”The Art of Mixed Reality” 2010, Amfiteater (Slovenia)
  • “Performative disturbance of public space”, 2011 (2002), FDV/Memefest: “Demonstrating relevance: response-ability: theory, practice and imagination of socially responsive communication” (Slovenia)
  • ”An Intercultural Understanding of Man and Machine in Managing Interdisciplinary Cooperation” 2006, Faculty of Management Koper, University of Primorska (Slovenia)
  • »Media Performance of the Word Itself« 2008, Amfiteater (Slovenia)
  • “New Technologies for Sustainable Teaching and Learning” 2009, JTEFS, Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability, (Poland/Germany/Latvia)
  • ”Con-creativity among Local and Global Networks” 2006, Dichtung Digital (Germany/USA)
  • “Dialoguing Man and Machine” 2004, ART-E-FACT (Croatia)
  • “Envisioning New Post-Scientific Europe Through Culturally Balanced Use of Technology in Learning” 2010, IJMIE, International Journal of Management in Education (USA)
  • ”An e-Learning Curriculum for Europe 2.0” 2008, University Centre for Euro-Mediterranean Studies (Slovenia) and European Institute of the Mediterranean (Spain)
  • ”Ecology of Web 2.0” 2008, Slovenian Informatics Society (Slovenia)

(performed works, selection:)

  • ”Trans-lation = Pre-vod = Über-setzung” (multimedia literary performance, director & performer) K4, 1999 (Slovenia)
  • “PIS-DRINK”, “STOP-SHOP”, “PCycle”, “Bulky Plaste” (street art media performance series, co-director & performer), Podgana PPP, 2002-2006 (Slovenia)
  • “BUmBUs” (series of music and multimedia performances with integrated inter-disiplinary research, coordinator & performer), Bobnars United, 2003-2005 (Slovenia, Serbia)
  • “Body in Interactive Space” (new media performance), 2005, Germany
  • “Literature and Digital Culture” (teaching-cum-performance series) 2005-2009, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Bulgaria
  • “Catharsis of Neptun“ (site-specific performance and installation) 2011, Croatia

University course code: 1MU010

Year of study: 1

Semester: 1

Course principal:



Learning and teaching methods:
forms: - autonomous student work - online work and communication (or as specified within selections) methods: - (media-rich) text and other formats development and editing (or as specified within selections)