In the one-year Master's programme in Archival and Information Studies, you will concentrate on Information Studies, and develop the skills, competencies and understandings necessary to become an Information Specialist in today's dynamic digital world.
Our new and dynamic digital age
Information, data, media and digitality have become ubiquitous features of our social, economic and political lives. All the world is connected and media and computational technologies have already converged into a small device we carry around in our pockets. News is sampled rather than broadcast. We converse through snippets of information shared via junk radio bands to a global clique. This digital hyper-archive of information is not only a resource to be accessed and consulted, but, as never before, the constituent data for new questions, new enquiries and new intrusions into our social and political lives. The methods of the previous age, methods of representation and fixed association, no longer apply to this new, dynamic, digital information world.
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Today's Information Specialist needs new skills, new understandings, and a greater diversity of approach to guide and facilitate business, technology, government and the cultural sector as they strive to cope with this dynamic digital world. In the one-year Master's programme Information Studies, you will critically and practically examine this new shifting informational landscape. The programme offers an academic approach that covers the full spectrum of the field, delving into contemporary information theory and practice, training students for the diversity of professional information roles, and providing insight into both the history of information technology and practice, as well as into its future directions.
The Dual Master's programme
The UvA also offers an 18-month, professional Master's programme focussed on Archival Studies. For more information about the Dual Master's programme, see:
Archival and Information Studies: Information Studies is a programme of the accredited Master's degree programme Heritage Studies. Upon successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master's degree in Heritage Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).
The Master's programme in Information Studies prepares you for a career in the world of information in the broadest possible sense.
The new information professional works at the intersection of technology, information and people. Traditional work can be found in libraries, in culture and media, government and advocacy, but also increasingly in finance, law, health and business.
Beyond the growing need for digital archivists and digital librarians, new forms of work now exist for the Information professional. These include, among others:
- Community activists
- Data entrepreneurs
- Information architects, researchers and consultants
- Media strategists
- Metadata curators
- Preservation specialists
- Health information managers
- User experience researchers or designers
- Business information specialists
- Environmental data specialists
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Last updated October 15, 2018