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Film Studies (Media Studies)

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The one-year Master’s programme in Film Studies approaches the study of film as a multi-faceted phenomenon, and trains students to critically and effectively engage with important shifts in film and cinema culture.

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From celluloid to digital

The Master's in Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam is a unique one-year programme that offers a theoretically rigorous engagement with the field of film studies and visual culture. The programme approaches the study of film as a multi-faceted phenomenon, one that plays a vital and ever-changing role in contemporary digital media culture. Film Studies is situated within the internationally ranked Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam, which brings together renowned scholars from a variety of media and theoretical perspectives.

What does this programme entail?
UvA Master's programme in Film Studies explained

In this video the teacher and student of this Master’s explain in less than 5 minutes how this programme is structured and what you will learn.

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Why study Film Studies at the UvA?

  • Creative and academic thinking
    The programme invites students to engage critically and creatively with the field through a series of core courses in film-philosophy, media archaeology, and (trans)national and global audiovisual practices.
  • Choose your interest
    Students also take part in intensive research seminars that explore specialised topics related to the expertise of the core film faculty. Each student writes their own Master's thesis, a major piece of independent research and writing conducted under the close supervision of a faculty member.
  • Ideal study environment
    With its many festivals, its rich cinematic tradition, its archives, museums and cultural institutions, Amsterdam allows you to immerse yourself in a nourishing and dynamic context that continually reflects what you are studying. Thriving venues for film and media culture include the Dutch Film Institute EYE, the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and the International Rotterdam Film Festival (IFFR), as well as many local cinemas and exhibition spaces.

Degree certificate

Film Studies 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).

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Degree programme
MA Media Studies
Regular study programme
60 ECTS, 12 months
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University Quarter