Master of Arts in Television and Cross-Media Culture

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

Master of Arts in Television and Cross-Media Culture

University of Amsterdam

The one-year Master's programme Television and Cross-Media Culture provides you with the skills, knowledge and tools to understand and evaluate the ongoing transformation of media culture.

Television and Cross-Media Culture

If you are interested in studying contemporary media culture from a critical perspective, then the Master's programme Television and Cross-Media Culture is what you’re looking for. The programme offers the tools to understand and to evaluate the ongoing transformation of media culture and its impact on culture, politics and everyday life. It also takes television as a starting point to map the conceptual, social and cultural challenges that come with digital, mobile and social media.

Nowadays, all social and cultural practices are shaped by a mix of different media and by the ongoing innovation of new media forms and media technologies. In the past, the knowledge we had about the world and the topics we discussed with friends were very much defined by the enormous reach and the strict temporality of television programme schedules.

While TV with its reality shows, spectacular live events and transmissions of global catastrophes is still of major importance, its impact changes as it is complemented and partly replaced by social media, mobile phones and ‘second screens’. From personal friendships to political election campaigns, from education to commercial forms of entertainment – all are characterised by a complex interplay of different media, which all contribute their own specific dynamics to social and cultural practices.

Television and Cross-Media Culture at the UvA

The Master's in Television and Cross-Media Culture provides students with an in-depth knowledge in contemporary cross-media culture, viewed from historical, theoretical and critical perspectives, and applied to such topics as:

  • relationship between private and public,
  • political agency of audiences and users,
  • economic and technological contexts of cultural production,
  • aesthetic forms between story-telling and interface,
  • popular and professional knowledge production through media.

The programme does not train you in producing media content. It will instead teach you how to identify the most important dynamics of our media culture and how to conceptualise them in a critical and meaningful way. This will allow you to participate in ongoing debates and to give relevant input to cultural, political or industrial endeavours concerning media culture.

For Dutch-speaking students, we also offer a professional specialisation focusing on the Dutch media industry.

Research Master's

The Television and Cross-Media Culture specialisation within the Media Studies Research Master's Programme focuses on the on-going transformation of media culture, and its impact on culture, politics and everyday life. This intensive and selective two-year programme has been developed for students with proven ability in, and passion for, research.

Degree certificate

Television and Cross-Media 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).

Curriculum

The Master's in Television and Cross-Media Culture provides insight into television and new media by focusing on questions of cultural identities, visual styles, production cultures, agency and politics. In the core courses, the emphasis is on recent transformations in television and its interrelation with broader developments (such as privacy, copyright, aesthetics of branding, interface culture, technologies of visualisation, etc.). There will also be engagement with recent theoretical developments in television, cultural and media studies. The central goal of the programme is that students learn how to provide well-informed, well-founded and practical criticism of television and cross-media culture, both in terms of policy development or programme evaluation, as well as editing and programme development.

Programme structure

The Master's programme Television and Cross-Media Culture comprises 60 ECTS credits:

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


Last updated December 7, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
Duration
Duration
12 months
Full time
Price
Price
2,006 EUR
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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.