Master

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.

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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.”

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Rebecca Haselhoff, Ambassador MA Media Studies: Digital Cultures 2020-2021

“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.

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Pre-master's programme

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.”
    Anna Ivanova, Student Ambassador Media Studies: Digital Cultures 2019-2020
  • “I’d like to be a journalist, but after I graduate I will have many more opportunities and can expand my scope.”
    Alexandra Koukidou, Student Ambassador Media Studies: Digital Cultures 2018-2019
  • I like to try many different things, but radio journalism is definitely one of them.
    Aleksandra Milewicz, Student ambassador Media Studies: Digital Cultures 2017-2018
  • “I’m looking forward to making a living by doing what I love to do most.”
    Betty Tkadlčiková, Student Ambassador Media Studies: Digital Cultures 2016-2017
  • I feel that Media Studies: Digital Cultures has prepared me fully for my work
    Shaun Matsheza, Editor Wazaonline.com, Almere, the Netherlands

Study at FASoS during COVID-19

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We understand that in these uncertain times it is difficult to assess what the academic year 2020-2021 looks like. These uncertainties logically raise many questions: How about safety in Maastricht? What does education look like at FASoS? What can you expect from student life? We can't give a conclusive answer to all these questions, but we can try to help you as best we can. Please visit our information pages to see what your study programme looks like during this academic year.

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