Master in Comparative Arts and Media Studies

VU University Amsterdam

Program Description

Master in Comparative Arts and Media Studies

VU University Amsterdam

Master in Comparative Arts and Media Studies

The programme Comparative Arts and Media Studies focuses on intermedialities in relation to cinema, television, digital media, literature and visual arts. Intermedialities are crossovers and interrelations between the arts and the media, but also within and between various media. These have been intensified with the arrival of digital media and the “hypermedium” that arises from the on-screen interplay of words, images, and sounds and through the convergence of cinema, television, radio, journalism, e-books, and photography on the web.

Core courses

The programme is built around four main courses: Reading Concepts of Intermediality, Cross-Media Storytelling, Crossmedial Exhibitions, and The Art of Comparison: The Cinematic City.

The first semester consists of two introductory courses on core theoretical frameworks of intermediality studies:

  • Reading Concepts of Intermediality;
  • Transmedia Storytelling;


In the second semester you will get acquainted with intermedialities in present-day practice. You will analyse crossmedial exhibitions and approach the city as an intermedial phenomenon.

  • Crossmedial Exhibitions;
  • The Art of Comparison: the Cinematic City

A career in research, audio-visual heritage, policy and administration


The programme Comparative Arts and Media Studies is an internationally oriented course that has close links to real-life practice. In addition to gaining expertise in theoretical and historical research, you will be able to look forward to a career in the fields of education and communication, digital archiving of cultural heritage, or cultural policy and administration. Employers include museums, theatres, cinemas, foundations and private institutions.

Admission requirements


Admission to the Master's Arts &Culture, programme Comparative Arts and Media Studies is possible with a Bachelor's degree in art, film, television, digital media, or (visual) cultural studies. If you have an academic Bachelor in the Humanities (history, journalism, communication studies, comparative literature), a solid background with a minimum of 30 credits is required in either art, film, television, digital media or (visual) cultural studies. Students with a theoretical interest are particularly welcome. The Master’s programme starts in September and takes one year.

Students, who have successfully completed an applied BA (HBO) in art, film, television, digital media, or (visual) cultural studies, will take a Comparative Arts and Media Studies pre-Master’s. The exact combination of modules is put together by the examination board, based on the previous qualifications of the student. Beware that the pre-Master’s will be mostly in Dutch and is not accessible for students who don't speak Dutch. It is not possible to do the Master part time. Those with an applied MA (HBO-MA) in art, film, television, digital media or (visual) cultural studies have to submit their application to the Examination Board for assessment.



Last updated December 2, 2015
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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
Duration
Duration
1 year
Full time
Price
Price
1,835 EUR
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Start date Sept. 2016
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Duration 1 year
Price 1,835 EUR
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