The introduction of digital and electronic technologies has generated profound cultural transformations in the organisation of the media landscape. New media, such as the internet, CDs, and DVDs, provide new possibilities for information distribution, education, communication, marketing and amusement.
The new technologies have transformed the way we consume information and entertainment, as interactivity changes the way we are involved with a story line or a game, and blurs the line between making and enjoying music. The internet has had a major effect on our engagement with politics and with culture. At the same time, older media such as books, radio, television and film are still present and are evolving in complex interrelations with the newer media.
The interdisciplinary and comparative framework of the master's programme in Media Culture combines theoretical reflection on these developments with practical research and media skills. It will provide you with the academic training to investigate ongoing transformations in media culture and the skills to participate in these innovations.
This is a one-year programme taught in English.
What our students have to say about the programme
Have a look at this article published in the Times of India on 9 June 2009. It is written by Amrit Dhir, alumnus of Media Culture (2008), and features an enthusiastic and interesting insight into his year spent in Maastricht as student of the MA Media Culture.
Important information for all 2012/2013 applicants:
As of September 2012, all master’s programmes in the field of the humanities at Dutch universities are subject to so-called “broad master’s labels”. The background of this operation is that at this point in time, there are over 250 master’s programmes in the humanities field offered throughout the Netherlands. To make the range of master’s programmes in the humanities more structured and less confusing to prospective students, all Dutch universities have agreed to file their master’s under overarching labels.
The implementation of the broad master labels will not have any influence on the content of the programmes. It is, however, important to know which label applies to the master’s programme of your choice since this is the name that will appear in Studielink and My UM when you apply.
Moreover, the implementation of the labels will affect the diploma you receive upon graduation. Both the label and the programme name will appear on your diploma.
The master’s programme Media Culture is filed under the label Media Studies (CROHO code 60830, track 1616).
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