The Bachelor's Media and Culture provides you with the necessary skills to critically examine contemporary themes such as the mediatisation of everyday life, the digitisation of film and television, the evolution of screens across different platforms, the globalisation of media production and consumption, media and affect, media and representation, media in relation to memory and politics, and many more.
In this programme you are introduced to a wide range of basic concepts in Media Studies and become acquainted with the most important features of contemporary media. You can either choose to follow a trajectory that focuses on a particular type of media and a specific methodological approach (either television, cross-media, or film studies) or make your own programme that combines a selection of these courses. Alongside the core programme, you specialise by choosing courses from a range of electives, and/or pursue a minor. The programme also allows (and encourages) you to study abroad for a semester, or to do an internship.
The first year of the programme will give you a broad, general overview of the entire discipline of Media Studies.
In the second year of the Media and Culture track, you decide whether you would like to focus on the in-depth study of film, television or cross-media culture. You can also opt for a combination and take on a broader approach to contemporary media culture, by selecting courses from the different tracks.
In the third year of the programme, you work on your specialisation and tailor the programme to your own interests. You also write the final Bachelor’s thesis.
Media and Culture is a three-year Bachelor’s degree that consists of 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits. Each academic year accounts for 60 ECTS spread across two semesters, with each semester comprising two 8-week blocks and one 4-week block of classes.
As a Bachelor’s student, you are expected to spend an average of 42 hours a week on your studies.
In your first year, 12 to 15 of those hours will be spent attending lectures, while in your second and third years you will have approximately 8 to 10 hours of class.
The remaining time will be spent on self-study, preparing for lectures and seminars, completing coursework and assignments, as well as exams.
You will attend both lectures and small group seminars.
Lectures generally introduce the main topics of the course, discussing and explaining course readings and literature.
In the seminars, you will work closely with your fellow students, collaborating on assignments, presentations and talks.
You will be tested by means of written and oral exams, presentations, essays, reports and assignments.
Your final grade for a course is determined by the results you receive for each of these.
Highly-motivated students may qualify to take part in a selective honours programme. This programme accounts for an additional 30 ECTS and will help familiarise you with various other aspects of academic research and prepare you for a subsequent Research Master's degree.
Visit the UvA Course Catalogue for a detailed overview of the Media and Culture programme, including which courses you can take and when they take place.
The Bachelor's programme Media and Culture forms part of the broad label 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 Studies and the title Bachelor of Arts (BA).