MA Media Studies: New Media and Digital Culture

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

MA Media Studies: New Media and Digital Culture

University of Amsterdam

The one-year Master’s programme in New Media and Digital Culture builds upon the pioneering new media scene, and enables students to contribute to the discourse surrounding critical media theory.

An in-depth exploration of media theory

The Master’s programme in Media Studies: New Media and Digital Culture offers a comprehensive and critical approach to new media research, practices and theory. It is an internationally renowned program in critical media theory, dedicated to the study of the social transformations brought about by digital culture. The programme provides in-depth training in the latest digital research methods, with the opportunity to participate in data sprints and to collaborate with international researchers. It is situated within a pioneering new media cultural scene in Amsterdam and an academic environment ranked among the top 6 universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017: Communication & Media Studies).

During the programme students gain an in-depth historical and critical understanding of how to theorise such digital media objects and environments by learning to situate them in such perspectives as platform capitalism, data infrastructures, algorithmic governmentality, information analytics, interface critique and software studies.

New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam

The Master’s programme combines a variety of teaching formats, ranging from lectures and group projects to tools and lab sessions and creative projects. Students produce a wide portfolio of work, including theoretically engaged essays, empirical research projects, new media experiments, and blog entries. The programme enables students to contribute to timely discourses on digital culture, conduct innovative research projects, and critically engage in new media practices.

Students maintain a new media research blog, the Masters of Media blog, recognised as one of the leading academic blogs on the subject of digital culture, where they participate in contemporary debates concerning emergent digital objects and phenomena, as well as showcase their own academic work. Students also get involved in a lively local new media culture, both at the university, where internationally renowned speakers present their work and collaborative research projects are developed, and beyond.

Research Master's

The New Media specialisation within the Media Studies Research Master's Programme focuses on the theoretical and methodological study of digital culture. The intensive and selective two-year programme has been developed for students with proven ability in, and passion for, research.

Degree certificate

New Media and Digital Culture is an accredited degree programme of Media Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Media Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Programme structure

The Master's programme New Media and Digital Culture comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 42 credits for core courses, electives and a research seminar.
  • 18 credits for a Master's thesis.
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated November 30, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
Duration
Duration
12 months
Full time
Price
Price
2,060 EUR
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Locations
Netherlands - Amsterdam
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Sept. 2018
Netherlands - Amsterdam
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Price
EU/EEA students. Non-EU/EEA students €13,225 per year.