Master Specialization in Art, Media, and Society (MA)

Tilburg University

Program Description

Master Specialization in Art, Media, and Society (MA)

Tilburg University

Master Specialization in Art, Media, and Society (MA)

Art, Media, and Society is a renewed, fully English-taught Master's specialization within the Master's program Culture Studies.

The Master’s specialization in Art, Media and Society focus on the transformations that cultural products undergo as a result of digitalization and globalization. In this program, you will analyze how digital cultural products and artifacts critically reflect societal issues, such as the financial crisis, the rise of populism or the ‘tyranny of intimacy’ of social media.

Furthermore, you will investigate the public impact of activities carried out by a range of different authors and artists. You will use theories and analytical tools to understand what is at stake here. Central questions are: How can art reshape the public sphere? What are new dimensions of information in the current public sphere?

As a student of Art, Media and Society, you take an interdisciplinary approach to media and art in the modern digital and culturally diverse society and find yourself at the interface between culture, media, aesthetics, and politics.

In this Master’s program, you study digital cultural products and artefacts in contemporary society: phenomena of high and mass culture as well as fashion and advertising, narrative forms of expression such as journalism and personal blogging, as well as literature and visual art focusing on varied purposes: to articulate human rights, to challenge neoliberal development, and to forge alternative local and transnational solidarities. You investigate how information circulates in various contexts, what the social, political and ethical implications are of cultural products, and how roles of producing and consuming these products are negotiated.

In addition, you study theories about the way cultural products and artifacts are experienced and responded to. You practice and further develop your ability to communicate your knowledge and to define, formulate, develop and implement projects. The purpose of the Master’s specialization in Art, Media and Society is to educate professionals with clear profiles.

Curriculum Content

Fall Semester (September 2017 - December 2017)

Unit 1 (September 2018 - October 2017)

  • Individuals and Communities in the Digital Age
  • Urban Spaces: Scenarios and Voices

Unit 2 (November 2017 - December 2017)

  • Self-Fashioning, Life Writing, Biography
  • Intimacy, Privacy, and Authenticity

Spring Semester (January 2018 - July 2018)

Unit 3 (January 2018 - March 2018)

  • Culture Policy and economic impact
  • Online Writing and Publishing

Unit 4 (April 2018 - June 2018)

  • Master Thesis

Prospective Students

Artistic practices are undergoing rapid shifts, involving important changes in the products of cultural expression and imagination – visual art, literature, film, music clips – in the fora where they occur – the changing distinction between the private and the public spheres involved in the massive use of social media – and in the actors that generate or interpret these practices and products. These changes affect several areas of social life, such as the educational and political areas, and have consequences in regard to how people observe, understand and appreciate cultural artifacts.

Digitalization and globalization result in a rethinking of (national) identity, strategies of economy and power, and the interconnection of communities, narratives and imagination as expressed (and critiqued) in artifacts and cultural practices. Innovative theoretical and methodological models for an understanding of the contemporary mechanisms of artistic production and reception are required. In addition, a comparative historical perspective on former technological and social changes (19th and 20th century) is necessary.

The Master’s specialization Arts, Media and Society focuses on knowledge about and the analysis of the effects of globalization and digitalization on artistic practices. We study the way in which concepts such as ‘participatory art’ come to the fore in online contexts, how the balance between private and public information changes, and how life writing and narrating are used in constructing identities in (social) media. We focus on how concepts such as authenticity, authorship, and aesthetics are being transformed into online culture. This master program is interdisciplinary, internationally oriented and finds its foundation in methods from cultural studies, sociology, literary theory, cultural history, and philosophy.

Would this Program suit me?

  • If you like debating art, media, and politics critically.
  • If you are interested in various art forms, in literature, museums, but also in the aesthetic dimension and narrative composition of television series (The Wire, House of Cards), films or YouTube-clips.
  • If you are interested in the larger (global, European) context that influences what is going on in Dutch society.
  • If you want to become a leading opinion maker of the future, writing columns, blogs and participating in the cultural debate on what is going on in society.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 18, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2018
12 months
Full time
€2,060 EU/EEA, €11,000 non-EU/EEA
Netherlands - Tilburg, North Brabant
Start date : Aug. 2018
Application deadline Request Info
End date July 24, 2019
Aug. 2018
Netherlands - Tilburg, North Brabant
Application deadline Request Info
End date July 24, 2019