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 will gain a broad overview of all cultural aspects of media and further specialise in film, television or new 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
The first year of the programme will give you a broad, general overview of the entire discipline of Media Studies.
- You will learn how our everyday lives are shaped by, with and through media.
- You will take courses that cover a broad range of topics and that introduce you to the most important features of contemporary media and concepts in Media Studies and media analysis.
- Right from the start, you will have the opportunity to choose specific topics that interest you in many of the courses.
- During the Media Research course, you will learn how to use the appropriate methods to conduct your own research on a topic of your choice that you select from a range of research themes on offer.
- You will explore and analyse contemporary issues in media studies in small-scale, research-oriented seminars.
- You will conclude the first year with a portfolio containing your own creative, self-made media products – essays, videos and/or media collections – in order to demonstrate that you are able to apply academic concepts and analytical skills through practice (the making of media) as well as in exams and through writing.
The second year
In the second year of the Media and Culture programme, you decide whether you would like to focus on the in-depth study of either film, or television and 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.
- You engage and analyse the various movements, methodologies, and the most important innovations in the history and future of film or television studies, and explore the implications of digitisation.
- You study the social and cultural role of media and learn how to critically analyse and assess films, television programmes and cross-media culture.
- You acquire (theoretical and practical) knowledge about the ways in which different media shape our experience of space, time, reality and virtuality, and even our interaction with other people. You will take an additional course in the philosophy of the humanities to help you think through the construction and mediation of reality.
- You work with a small group of fellow students to create a short film, documentary or a television programme in a practise-based course. In this course, you will learn to apply your research skills, conduct research, learn to work with equipment and work in a studio.
- You will explore the role of media in and across different cultural and global contexts.
The third year
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.
- You will have the opportunity to use your elective credits to pursue your research interests, or to complement your degree with a semester of studying abroad, or taking on an internship for a semester.
- You can choose to specialise in a second major, opt for a minor in a related field or an altogether different discipline or take electives in a wide range of subjects, both within the department of Media Studies, within the Faculty of Humanities, or other faculties at the University of Amsterdam. You can also take electives at other Universities in the Netherlands or abroad.
- You conclude the degree with a graduation programme that counts for 18 ECTS and includes writing a Bachelor’s thesis.
Media and Information: Living InformationPeriod 16
Media AestheticsPeriod 1Period 212
Media and Culture: Media and Culture in TransformationPeriod 26
Doing Media Studies 1Period 36
Media TheoryPeriod 46
Media ResearchPeriod 4Period 512
Current Themes in Media StudiesPeriod 56
Doing Media Studies 2Period 66
Global Media CulturePeriod 16
Advanced Topics in Media and CulturePeriod 2Period 3Period 5Period 612
Media, Time and SpacePeriod 46
Philosophy of the Humanities 1 (Media Studies)Period 46
Philosophy of the Humanities 2 (Media and Culture)Period 56
Restricted-choice electives: AnalysisPeriod 1Period 2Period 312
- Television Analysis - Film Analysis
Restricted-choice electives: PracticesPeriod 1Period 2Period 4Period 512
- Film Practices - Television Practices
Free-choice electivesPeriod 1Period 2Period 3Period 4Period 5Period 642
Research Seminar and Bachelor's Thesis Media and CulturePeriod 1Period 2Period 3Period 4Period 5Period 618
What does the field of Media Studies entail? How is the programme structured? What are the differences and similarities between Media and Culture and Media and Information? What sort of workload should I expect? Questions such as these will be answered during this in-depth webinar.
Minor and electives
Next to your regular courses and your specialisation, you will also have 42 ECTS worth of space to fill by doing electives, a minor, an internship or by studying abroad.
In theory, any course can be taken as an elective, from courses offered by the Faculty of Humanities to those offered by other faculties or even other universities. Most programmes offer separate electives.
A minor is a cohesive teaching programme that consists of 30 ECTS. Doing a minor is not mandatory. However, it may be a good way to prepare for a Master’s programme or for a certain profession.
Internship and studying abroad
The programme allows for you to do an internship and/or to study abroad for a period of time.
You can enrich your study programme as well as your CV by doing an internship. This will allow you to gain experience at an organisation in the field of Ancient Studies and gives you an impression of the job opportunities they offer.
The UvA is closely involved with international programmes involved with cooperation and exchange within Europe, the United States and Canada. This gives you the opportunity to study abroad for a period of time.
Learning and assessment
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.
Accreditation and academic title
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).