The programme Comparative Arts and Media Studies focuses on the in-betweenness and crossovers in modern and contemporary visual culture. By this we mean the interrelations within and between various old and new media, but also between media and visual arts. These have been intensified with the arrival of digital media and of the 'hypermedium' that arises from the on-screen interplay of words, images, and sounds and through the technological convergences of cinema, television, radio, and digital media. Our programme offers historical and theoretical perspectives on these phenomena while also taking into account real-life developments in the field of museum practices. Our students have had careers in education and research, media companies, and art institutions.
The programme is built around five main courses. The first semester (period 1+2+3) consists of three courses with historiographical, aesthetic and narratological perspectives on intermedialities in audiovisual culture, plus a department-wide lecture series on current issues in Arts & Culture.
In the second semester (period 4+5+6) you will get acquainted with intermedialities at work in current crossmedial exhibitions while also writing your Master thesis.
Deepen your individual scope with electives or internships
You can customize your programme by selecting subjects from a broad range of interdisciplinary electives in the fields of visual arts, architecture, literature or history. We recommend these electives.
Or you can choose an internship with a research dimension if you would prefer to gain practical experience in the field of media and arts. For more information, please consult the Internships page on our website.
Thesis (18 EC)
The programme culminates in the Master’s thesis, which gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your research skills, your competence as a critic, and your ability to systematically gather, select and interpret information and to argue a case in an independent, objective and responsible manner. Your thesis plan is due on January and you give a public presentation of your thesis in April. More information about the Thesis can be found in the Study Guide.
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