Judged Best in the Field
The highly regarded Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2018 ranked Utrecht University’s Media, Art and Performance Studies as the best in the field in the Netherlands.
In the last edition of Elsevier Best Studies Survey, students have also rated Media, Art and Performance Studies as the best program.
Emerging Technologies and Practices in Transition
This Research Master's program in Media, Art and Performance Studies is an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented research-based program that offers advanced training in academic research skills appropriate for today's highly dynamic and interdisciplinary field of media, visual arts and performance.
Contemporary media, art and performance increasingly play with and transcend disciplinary boundaries. Intermedial and performative practices both produce and critically investigate cultural transitions in today’s mediatized and performative culture. Such synergies invite to explore how emerging forms of media, art and performance – while historically and culturally embedded - interact with and relate to social and cultural transformations.
Emerging Media, Art and Performance
As a student of this program, you will be introduced to and specialise in new research areas and methodologies, necessary for investigating emerging media, performance and contemporary art forms within today's rapidly changing culture. In relation to this, you will also reflect on the role of the Humanities in both academic and public debates.
A Mediatised Culture and Society
Central concerns in this program are, amongst others:
The role and meaning of (visual) media in a mediatised society, inter- and transmedial practices in theatre, dance, film, television, digital media and visual arts
Spectator- and usership, the performative turn in contemporary arts and media
Technology, materiality and corporeal literacies
Game, play and activism
Changing institutions, mobile and/or location-based media, urban interfaces, navigational screen-based practices
Art and media ecologies
We approach this broad field from a range of comparative and intermedial perspectives, focusing primarily on the dynamics of change and exchange between media, contemporary arts and performance within a culture and society in transition.