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New Media and Digital Culture (Media Studies)

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The one-year Master’s programme in New Media and Digital Culture builds upon the pioneering new media scene, and enables students to learn digital methods and contribute to the discourse surrounding critical media theory.

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An in-depth exploration of media theory

The Master’s programme in New Media and Digital Culture offers a comprehensive and critical approach to new media research, practices and theory. It is an internationally renowned programme in critical media theory, dedicated to the study of the social transformations brought about by digital culture. The programme offers you in-depth training in the latest digital research methods and the opportunity to participate in data sprints and to collaborate with international researchers. It is situated within a pioneering new media cultural scene in Amsterdam and in a top-ranked academic environment among universities worldwide.

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A varied programme

The Master’s programme combines a variety of teaching formats, ranging from lectures and group projects to tools and lab sessions and creative work. You will produce a wide portfolio of output, including theoretically engaged essays, empirical research projects, new media experiments, and blog entries. The programme enables you to contribute to timely discourses on digital culture, conduct innovative research projects, and critically engage in new media practices.

Why study New Media and Digital Culture in Amsterdam?

The Master's in New Media and Digital Culture offers you:

  • The knowledge, critical analytical skills, research techniques and professional skills to be competitive in the field of new media, in and beyond academia, and to remain aware of the changing dynamics and demands in a constantly changing media environment.
  • A programme that is one of the leading programmes of its kind worldwide and boasts an international teaching staff of leading experts in the field of new media.
  • The chance to study in Amsterdam's city centre, a European cultural hub with a vibrant international new media scene.

Student profile

The Master New Media and Digital Culture is the right programme for you if:

  • You are able to read and understand complex theoretical texts; you are self-motivated and can work independently; you know how to use theory to formulate provocative research questions; and you wish to learn advanced research skills.
  • You are interested in the rapidly changing impact of new media practices, processes and platforms on contemporary culture.
  • You have a keen interest in all kinds of new media objects and practices and the curiosity to delve into and combine critical new media thought and practical new media research skills.

Degree certificate

New Media and Digital 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).

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MA Media Studies
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
CROHO code 60830