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Why Film Studies at the UvA?

World-class education 

Media Studies is ranked first in the QS World University rankings since 2018.

Research-oriented programme

Take part in intensive research seminars that explore specialised topics related to the expertise of the core film faculty.

Ideal study environment

Amsterdam’s many cultural festivals, rich cinematic tradition, archives, museums, and cultural institutions allow you to immerse yourself in a dynamic context that reflects your studies.

Creative and academic thinking

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.

Is Film Studies right for you?

  1. You wish to study in an environment with many festivals, a rich cinematic tradition, archives, museums and cultural institutions. 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.
  2. You are able to read and understand complex theoretical texts, are self-motivated, and can work independently.
  3. You would like to engage in intensive research seminars on specialised film topics.
  4. You look forward to working with our media partners such as EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, and Netherlands Film Fund.
Saskia Mollen
Copyright: Saskia Mollen
Continue doing a lot yourself, do an internship and make sure that you gain work experience, because even armed with a Master’s degree, things will not just fall into your lap. Saskia Mollen, alumnus Film Studies Read the interview
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.

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).

Facts & Figures
Degree programme
MA Media Studies
Regular study programme
60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction
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CROHO code
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