Media Studies: Digital Cultures
Are you fascinated by digital cultures? Would you like to understand how new technologies are changing the ways that we not only interact with each other, but how they are changing society itself? Do you have your sights set on a career in the media world, digital humanities, or the cultural industries? Do you see yourself in a role in contemporary media practices that bridges technology, policy, and innovation? If so, Media Studies: Digital Cultures may be the right choice for you.
The programme combines theory and practice in how digital technologies have transformed the ways we share and distribute information, understand the past, interact with each other and spend our leisure time. The digital has changed the terms of engagement with areas as diverse as politics and culture: while it can function as a force for good in democratising participation, production, and sharing, it can also be exploitative, introducing new forms of control and surveillance. As the digital pervades all aspects of our lives, traditional media and analogue culture are being reshaped in new and complex interrelationships. The master's programme in Media Studies: Digital Cultures combines theory and reflection with praxis and making. It will provide you with a wide skill set in digital tools and research methods to become both a media researcher and an active player in a wide range of industries and cultural and heritage organisations in today’s digitally-mediated world.
- An interdisciplinary approach combining theory, technology, and user practices
- Problem-based and research-oriented learning methods
- The student population and the curriculum are truly international
- 1-year, full-time master's, taught in English
- Starts in September
- Weekly: 8 hrs classes, 32 hrs group work/independent study
- You will get an MA in Media Studies
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Rebecca Haselhoff, Student Ambassador Media Studies: Digital Cultures
“During my bachelor’s I spent a semester as an exchange student in the UK for a minor, in which I was introduced to journalism and media, digital media in particular. I found this extremely interesting and decided I wanted to do a master’s programme in this field.
When I searched for suitable programmes I came across this master’s which is one of a kind and unique in its field. The programme focuses on all the various digital technologies and media, their impact on people and society, and also the ethical and moral dilemma’s that sometimes arise. We analyse and discuss issues, which is extra interesting because of the varied classroom with different backgrounds and viewpoints.
What I like in particular is that we also get so much skills-training in, for example, web design, blogs, podcasts and conducting interviews. This master’s gives you a lot of options for your future career. My personal ambition is to develop myself so I can use digital media to initiate debate and have a positive influence on others.”
“I’m passionate about initiating debate, encouraging people to reflect on current issues in society. Using digital media to realise that would be a dream come true for me.”
Rebecca, 24 years old, is from the Netherlands and has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Culture, with a minor in journalism and media from the University of Nijmegen.
Kickstart your career at our Master's Open Day
Experience Maastricht University: find out more about one of the most international universities in Europe, immerse yourself in your programme of choice, and explore our beautiful city. The next Master’s Open Day is on Saturday 6 March 2021.
If you do not satisfy the admission requirements of this Master's programme you may be able to enrol in a Pre-master's course year. Check out the Pre-master information and learn more about the programme, the courses and the requirements.
"After I graduate, I definitely want to work in a media or contemporary art environment. Maybe as a sound technologist, helping people understand about the world.”
“I’d like to be a journalist, but after I graduate I will have many more opportunities and can expand my scope.”
I like to try many different things, but radio journalism is definitely one of them.
“I’m looking forward to making a living by doing what I love to do most.”
I feel that Media Studies: Digital Cultures has prepared me fully for my work
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