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.
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Anna is from Yoshkar-Ola, a city located east of Moscow, Russia. She has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). She decided to come to Maastricht for the master’s programme in Media Studies: Digital Cultures. “In my bachelor’s studies, there was a lot of focus on economics, marketing, advertising and other such topics, which I found very interesting. I always knew I wanted to study abroad in an English-taught environment, preferably in Europe because of the high level of education. Friends of mine had studied at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and when I looked it up, I was immediately drawn to this master’s programme. The content of the programme in combination with the Problem-Based Learning system made me decide for Maastricht and not any other university. The scope for personal development is huge. I really enjoy it so far and the international character of the programme is fascinating, with 90% of the students coming from abroad. We have awesome discussions including different viewpoints.”
"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.”
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“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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