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Master
Television and Cross-Media Culture (Media Studies)
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Study programme

The Master's in Television and Cross-Media Culture is a one-year programme that provides insight into television and new media by focusing on questions of cultural identities, visual styles, production cultures, agency and politics. You will learn how to provide well-informed, well-founded and practical criticism of television and cross-media culture.

Programme structure

The Master's programme Television and Cross-Media Culture comprises 60 ECTS credits: 42 credits for core courses (30) and electives (12); and 18 credits for a Master's thesis.

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Cross-Media Infrastructures
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    6
  • TV Research Seminar I
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    6
  • Cross-media Aesthetics and Storytelling
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    6
  • TV Research Seminar II
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    6
  • Case Studies Television and Cross-Media
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    6
  • Free-choice electives
    4—5
    12
  • Master's Thesis
    4—6
    18
UvA Course Catalogue: Television and Cross-Media Culture
  • Core courses

    In the first semester, you will follow two core courses (6 EC each), two research seminars (6 EC each), and a 'case studies' course (6 EC) which translates the theoretical and conceptual framework of the two core courses into applied research on a self-chosen case study. 

    In the core course Media, Money, Power, you critically analyse contemporary media culture, focusing on the interconnections between technological, economic, and political dynamics. You will map the changing interplay of multiple devices, platforms, economic strategies and social hierarchies that characterize contemporary media life.

    In the core course Cross-media Aesthetics and Storytelling you analyse how the form and the use of cultural products on television and in digital media change, and which dynamics structure the newly developing aesthetics and storytelling practices.

  • Electives

    In the second semester, you will follow an elective (12 EC). You can choose to follow a Media Studies elective, but can also opt for an elective offered by a different programme. An example of a Media Studies elective is the course Sexuality and Media. In this course you investigate the capacity of media to show, relay, interrogate and infiltrate sexual practices and values, as well as the capacity of media itself to be eroticised. You will examine issues relating to the history of sexuality and the production of knowledge, the pornographic gaze and the ethics of looking, shifting regimes of censorship, televisual intimacy and erotics, media avenues for sexual subcultures, and the mediatisation of the intimate sphere.

  • Thesis

    In the second semester, you will write your Master's thesis (18 EC). Your thesis reports on research carried out under the supervision of an academic staff member involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser.

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during the one-year Master's programme are encouraged to continue their studies in the two-year Research Master's in Media Studies. Once students are admitted to the research programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.