Basic computer knowledge is a prerequisite for self directed work at the computers. Basics are taught in the introductory course in the beginning of each semester. Lessons for the operation and use of the hardware and software takes place in the context of workshops – no one-to-ones, no private repair and private buyer’s guide.
Only students who have partaken in the introductory workshop are permitted to use the studio space or rent the equipment available at New Media. An introductory workshop is held to give general knowledge of the studio. Students may register for this workshop at the beginning of each semester. Student work should be backed up onto personal hard drives, CDs, DVDs, hard drives, or internet server accounts. Hard drives at every workstation are erased regularly. For large projects, it is possible to borrow an external hard drive for the duration of the project. However, students must remember to leave enough time to apply for one beforehand.
New Media Student Workstation Rules
1. General Rules
- The workshops are for fully enrolled students at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. Exceptions may be made by the workshop lecturer for guest students.
- Teaching staff are responsible for the coordination and management of the workshops.
- The staff must be consulted before work begins on a proposed project. In approving a project, they are agreeing to be available during the project for consultation (help or advice).
- Any violation of New Media workshop regulations will result in limited or revoked use of the study space.
2. Obligations of Participating Students
2.1. The following must be observed in order to avoid accidents and damage to health. Please observe the following rules:
- Follow the instructions of the people in charge of the New Media Studio
- Anyone under the influence of drugs, alcohol, narcotics, or paraphernalia are prohibited at the New Media studio.
- Students must behave in a manner that does not harm themselves or others
- Machinery, work tools, and equipment must be checked to ensure they are in proper working condition before used. Any defects must be reported as soon as they are found to the person in charge.
- One must make arrangements with the staff to take New Media equipment outside the workshop area before doing so.
2.2. The following will lead to having privileges immediately revoked at New Media:
- Illegal copying of CDs and software
- Manipulation of operating systems and user authorisations
- Accessing websites with illegal content
- Using the internet for transferring illegal data (downloading hacked programs, etc.)
- Installing unauthorised programs of any kind
- Manipulating or deleting data of any kind
2.3. Order and Cleanliness
- Eating, drinking, or bringing pets into the studio is not permitted
- All students in workshops are required to maintain order and cleanliness in their workspace. When workshops are over, students must make sure to cleanup after themselves and completely clear their space.
- Do not block or get in the way of fire-extinguishing equipment, electrical dividers, walking paths, exits, or emergency exits.
3. Occupational safety and health habits
Any unauthorised changes made to wiring is dangerous and therefore is prohibited. Any equipment that carries an electrical current must never come into contact with liquid. Laser products may not be opened (such as CD and DVD drives, and laser mouses).
While working, it is important to maintain good posture and to avoid reflections from monitors. Regular breaks are crucial when sitting down for long periods of time. Eight minute breaks are ideal after sitting in front of the computer screen for hour-long sessions. Walking around increases increases oxygen flow, which improves one’s ability to concentrate.
4. Protocol in the event of an accident
- Depending on the severity of the injury, the local emergency medical services should be called. The injured person should be brought to the nearest doctor or emergency room in the nearby hospital, or, the charge of the study workshop area first responders.
- Schwabing 24 hour Hospital at Kölner Platz 1, 80804 Munich is responsible for treating students of the Academy of Fine Arts
- All injuries, even those that do not require medical treatment, must be reported to the study workshop manager.
- All accidents must be reported and documented by the study workshop manager to the academy’s administrative department.
5. Fire Safety Fire safety instructions must be observed.
6. Work Prohibition
- The study workshop manager will be the one who decides when someone is banned and when someone is allowed access again to the study workshop.
- Regarding employment restrictions, the applicable legals actions are as follows:
Law for the Protection of Working Mothers (the Maternity Protection Act) in conjunction with regulation of the complementary implementation of EC maternity directive (MuSchRiV-Maternity Protection Directive Law) to protect working youth (JArbSchG-Youth Employment Law) in conjunction with Directive 94/33 EC of 22 June 1994 on the protection of young workers.
Former students and others: The study workshop is only available to students and staff of the Academy. Former students and all other people are not allowed use of the study workshops.