Television and Cross-Media Culture (Media Studies)

The one-year Master's programme Television and Cross-Media Culture provides you with the skills, knowledge and tools to understand and evaluate the ongoing transformation of media culture.

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Television and Cross-Media Culture

If you are interested in studying contemporary media culture from a critical perspective, then the Master's programme Television and Cross-Media Culture is what you’re looking for. The programme offers the tools to understand and to evaluate the ongoing transformation of media culture and its impact on culture, politics and everyday life. It also takes television as a starting point to map the conceptual, social and cultural challenges that come with digital, mobile and social media.

Nowadays, all social and cultural practices are shaped by a mix of different media and by the ongoing innovation of new media forms and media technologies. In the past, the knowledge we had about the world and the topics we discussed with friends were very much defined by the enormous reach and the strict temporality of television programme schedules. While TV with its reality shows, spectacular live events and transmissions of global catastrophes is still of major importance, its impact changes as it is complemented and partly replaced by social media, mobile phones and ‘second screens’. From personal friendships to political election campaigns, from education to commercial forms of entertainment – all are characterised by a complex interplay of different media, which all contribute their own specific dynamics to social and cultural practices.

Television and Cross-Media Culture at the UvA

The Master's in Television and Cross-Media Culture provides students with an in-depth knowledge in contemporary cross-media culture, viewed from historical, theoretical and critical perspectives, and applied to such topics as:

  • relationship between private and public,
  • political agency of audiences and users,
  • economic and technological contexts of cultural production,
  • aesthetic forms between story-telling and interface,
  • popular and professional knowledge production through media.

The programme does not train you in producing media content. It will instead teach you how to identify the most important dynamics of our media culture and how to conceptualise them in a critical and meaningful way. This will allow you to participate in ongoing debates and to give relevant input to cultural, political or industrial endeavours concerning media culture.

For Dutch-speaking students, we also offer a professional specialisation focusing on the Dutch media industry. The following information is therefore in Dutch.

Beroepsgeoriënteerde specialisatie

Nederlandssprekende studenten kunnen kiezen voor de beroepsgeoriënteerde specialisatie. Deze wordt gedeeltelijk in het Nederlands aangeboden. In de specialisatie werken de masterprogramma's Television and Cross-Media Culture en Film Studies samen met verschillende Nederlandse omroeporganisaties, televisieproducenten, filmmakers en filmdistributeurs.

Research Master's

The Television and Cross-Media Culture specialisation within the Media Studies Research Master's Programme focuses on the on-going transformation of media culture, and its impact on culture, politics and everyday life. This intensive and selective two-year programme has been developed for students with proven ability in, and passion for, research.

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Degree certificate

Television and Cross-Media culture is an accredited degree programme of Media Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Media Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA). 

Degree programme
MA Media Studies
Regular study programme
60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction
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