There are two larger, academic programs of study in Media Studies, which focus on different key aspects of the development and impact of media: Media and Culture and Media and Information.
In terms of the academic programs on offer Media and Culture encompasses film and television studies, with both theoretical and practice-based modes of inquiry concerned with audio-visual culture as well as online and digital culture. Media and culture takes up broad questions surrounding the cultural origins and effects of media, from traditions ranging from the genealogical and media-archaeological to cultural studies, political economy and critical theory.
Substantively, Film Studies is currently engaging with the transformative shifts in both the materiality as well as the screening of cinema. Television and cross-media culture addresses the radical transformation of popular media in the age of mobility, second screens, participatory culture, and global distribution. Film Studies and Television and Cross-media Culture both offer one-year MA degree programs. There is additionally an 18-month professional MA in the Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image.
Media and Information comprises new media and digital culture, journalism and media, archival and information studies and digital humanities. New Media and Digital Culture views the web as a site for the study of both online culture as well as cultural data. Journalism and Media (the only programme in Dutch) focuses on the professional development of quality journalism (and journalists) in the context of pervasive and ubiquitous media. Archival and Information Studies concerns itself with new archive theory, revolving around novel forms of collecting and the politics of memory and is taking up questions of ubiquitous information, as well as its sovereignty and ownership. Digital Humanities are applying pattern-seeking methods and techniques to digitized materials and heritage so as to provide distant readings for cultural history.