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Pre-Master’s programme

Media Studies

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The pre-Master’s programme Media Studies is aimed at students who have a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) or an academic Bachelor’s degree that does not grant direct access to the tracks of the Master’s programme Media Studies. This pre-Master's programme is taught in English and is only accessible to students with a Dutch or other EU nationality.

Grants access to:

This pre-Master’s does not grant access to the Research Master’s Media Studies.

 

Programme

Please note: If you have obtained an academic Bachelor’s degree, you do not need to take the two Academic Skills courses (2 x 6 ECTS), which means that the programme will comprise 30 ECTS instead of 42 ECTS. Below you see the programme of the current academic year; the courses in the coming academic year may differ slightly. The Course Catalogue for the new academic year will be published in May.

You will follow one of the programmes listed below. All of them give access to all of the Master’s programmes listed above, but we strongly recommend that you choose the variant that corresponds with the Master’s you are looking to do.
 

Recommended for the tracks Film Studies, Documentaire en fictie, and Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Academic Skills pre-Master's
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    ???studyprogramme .period??? 3
    12
  • Media Aesthetics
    1—2
    12
  • Media and Culture: Media Culture in Transformation
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    6
  • Media Theory
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    6
  • Media, Time and Space
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    6
UvA Course Catalogue: Pre-Master's Media Studies

Recommended for the tracks New Media and Digital Culture and Journalistiek en media

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Academic Skills pre-Master's
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    ???studyprogramme .period??? 3
    12
  • Analysing Digital Culture
    1—2
    12
  • Media Theory
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 4
    6
  • Histories of Digital Culture
    5—6
    12
UvA Course Catalogue: Pre-Master's New Media and Digital Culture / Journalistiek en media

Recommended for the track Television and Cross-media Culture

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Academic Skills pre-Master's
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 1
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 3
    12
  • Television Analysis
    1—2
    12
  • Media and Culture: Media Culture in Transformation
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 2
    6
  • Media Theory
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 4
    6
  • Media, Time and Space
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 4
    6
UvA Course Catalogue: Pre-Master's Television and Cross Media Culture

Recommended for the track Archival and Information Studies

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Academic Skills pre-Master's
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 1
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 3
    12
  • Archives, Information and Society
    1—2
    12
  • Elective: Media Theory / Philosophy of the Humanities 1
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 4
    6
  • Free choice elective in History or Law
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 2
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 5
    6
UvA Course Catalogue: Pre-Master's Archival and Information Studies

Procedure: register via Studielink

  1. Submit an enrolment request in Studielink for the Master’s Media Studies 60 ECTS or Media Studies 90 ECTS
    You cannot enrol directly in the pre-Master’s, but you must follow the application procedure for the Master’s programme of your choice. Please complete all of the steps of the application process, including the application in MyInfo and the submission of all of the required application documents. This will ensure that you can automatically be admitted to the Master's in the following academic year. 

    Depending on which Master’s you are looking to do, the programme you must enrol in in Studielink is Media Studies 60 ECTS (for the tracks Film Studies, New Media and Digital Culture, and Television and Cross-Media Culture) or Media Studies 90 ECTS (for the tracks Archival and Information Studies, Documentaire en fictie, Journalistiek en media, and Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image).
  2. Wait for the admission decision
    The selection committee will assess your prior education. If you are able to meet the entry requirements for the Master’s by completing the pre-Master’s programme, you will receive a rejection for the Master's and a positive decision for the pre-Master’s.

    Are you applying to a selective Master’s? Then you must first complete the selection procedure for that Master’s programme. The selection committee can then admit you to the Master’s on the condition that you finish the pre-Master’s within a year. If you succeed at this, you are automatically admitted and will not have to go through the selection procedure again the following year. This procedure applies to all (dual) Master’s programmes that comprise 90 ECTS. For Master’s programmes that comprise 60 ECTS, no selection procedure applies.
  3. Submit an enrolment request in Studielink for the pre-Master’s Media and Culture
    Only after you have been (conditionally) admitted to the pre-Master’s do you register for the pre-Master’s Media and Culture in Studielink. If you successfully complete the pre-Master’s programme within a year, you will automatically be admitted to the Master’s. 

Application deadline

The application deadline for a pre-Master’s corresponds with that of the Master’s you wish to do. Please check the Master’s of your choosing for the application deadline.

Costs

The tuition fee rate for a pre-Master’s programme in the academic year 2021-2022 is €36.13 per ECTS, with a maximum of €2,168. This means that for a 42 ECTS pre-Master’s programme, the fee is €1,517.60; for a 30 ECTS programme, the fee is €1,084.

Facts & Figures
Mode Full-time
Credits 30/42 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction Dutch, English
Starts in September