Media and Information
Media and information in today's digital world
The Bachelor’s in Media and Information is dedicated to the exploration of New Media and the pervasive production, distribution and use of information in today’s society. You will analyse specific new media phenomena, including social media platforms, as well as broader contemporary themes, such as surveillance, citizen journalism, locative media, and the monitoring and metrification of everyday life.
The programme will give you advanced conceptual and practical tools to understand the seismic shifts in culture and society brought about by the constant transformation of media. What happens, for example, when mobile apps monitor our health and recommend music to us? How does our behaviour change when we can locate ourselves on a digital map and others are able to track our movements? Most of us own various devices that are designed to create, access, store and share information. But how does all this work? What is this information? How can we deal with it effectively? And what are the cultural consequences?
As well as established concepts from media studies and information studies, the programme applies and develops new research approaches like Digital Humanities and Digital Methods. This interdisciplinary perspective is crucial to understanding contemporary developments like new political movements, Big Data and privacy, or the emerging sharing economy.
As part of the Bachelor's programme in Media and Information, students can follow two tracks: Information Cultures or New Media and Digital Culture (see: Study programme).
Rankings and reputation
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) offers a world-class education. The BA in Media and Information is offered by the Faculty of Humanities of the UvA.
- UvA is ranked 52nd in the world and 1st in the Netherlands in the Arts and Humanities category of the QS World University Rankings 2015.
- UvA is ranked 45th in the THE Top 100 sub-ranking for the Arts and Humanities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015)
- UvA is a member of LERU (League of European Research Universities), an exclusive network of renowned research universities.
- UvA is a member of Universitas 21, the network of leading research-intensive universities in the 21st century in 13 countries.
Accreditation and degree
The Bachelor's programme Media and Information can be classified under the broad field of Media Studies. The quality of this programme has been positively accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that after successful completion of the programme you will receive a recognised Bachelor’s degree in Media and Information and the title Bachelor of Arts (BA).
- Degree programme
- BA Media and Information
- 180 ECTS ECTS, 36 months
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