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The award
MA

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
find out

International course fees
EUR 11500

All study options

About Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media at University of Groningen

Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media focuses on the study of the aesthetic, perceptual, cognitive and cultural effects of film, television, and other forms of audiovisual media.

This MA track offers the opportunity to study contemporarydevelopments in film and moving-image culture. It highlights thesignificance of in-depth investigations of aesthetic experiencesand perceptual and cognitive effects of different viewing cultures and screen technologies.

Methodologically, we offerstate-of-the-art approaches such as cognitivism,film-phenomenology, narrative theory, techno-aesthetics, digitalfilm forensics, and experimental media archaeology.

Thematically, the track focuseson rapidly shifting trends within moving-image culture such as:innovations in technologies, complex storytelling in film andtelevision, changes in viewer emotions and experiences, filmarchiving practices and media curating, and new formats indocumentary filmmaking that blur the boundaries between fiction andnon-fiction.

Our track is unique in its combination of methodologicalapproaches to film and audiovisual media and the research expertiseand networks on offer. Our internationally recognized research and the well-established connections to film and media institutionsmake this track attractive to students who want to work in themedia field or continue research on film.

Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media focuses on the study of the aesthetic, perceptual, cognitive and cultural effects of film, television, and other forms of audiovisual media.

This MA track offers the opportunity to study contemporarydevelopments in film and moving-image culture. It highlights thesignificance of in-depth investigations of aesthetic experiencesand perceptual and cognitive effects of different viewing cultures and screen technologies.

Methodologically, we offerstate-of-the-art approaches such as cognitivism,film-phenomenology, narrative theory, techno-aesthetics, digitalfilm forensics, and experimental media archaeology.

Thematically, the track focuseson rapidly shifting trends within moving-image culture such as:innovations in technologies, complex storytelling in film andtelevision, changes in viewer emotions and experiences, filmarchiving practices and media curating, and new formats indocumentary filmmaking that blur the boundaries between fiction andnon-fiction.

Our track is unique in its combination of methodologicalapproaches to film and audiovisual media and the research expertiseand networks on offer. Our internationally recognized research and the well-established connections to film and media institutionsmake this track attractive to students who want to work in themedia field or continue research on film.

After your studies

Job prospects

Alumni of this track have found jobs in a wide array offields

  • Event and collection management in film and television museums(Eye Film Institute, Sound and Vision)
  • Film curating, (freelance) film and art reviewing, newspaperand magazine journalism (Filmkrant)
  • Film festival organizing and programming (Movies That Matter,IDFA, NFF, IVA, Flicks, Kino Klandestino, Zienemaan, etc.)
  • Practical filmmaking

There are other employment possibilities such as a position at amedia company or in the advertisement and commercial field. Priorstudents have also begun their own successful arts organisations,advice bureaus, or research institutions in the field of arts,culture, and event organisations.

Beyond these, we are particularly proud of our success rate inacquiring PhD grants.

Alumni of this track have found jobs in a wide array offields

  • Event and collection management in film and television museums(Eye Film Institute, Sound and Vision)
  • Film curating, (freelance) film and art reviewing, newspaperand magazine journalism (Filmkrant)
  • Film festival organizing and programming (Movies That Matter,IDFA, NFF, IVA, Flicks, Kino Klandestino, Zienemaan, etc.)
  • Practical filmmaking

There are other employment possibilities such as a position at amedia company or in the advertisement and commercial field. Priorstudents have also begun their own successful arts organisations,advice bureaus, or research institutions in the field of arts,culture, and event organisations.

Beyond these, we are particularly proud of our success rate inacquiring PhD grants.

Job examples

  • Film critic
  • Cultural Journalist
  • Media Curator
  • Film Archivist
  • Researcher
  • Art Event Organizer
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course starts find outDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 11500

Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

non-EU/EEA

€ 11500 per year

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Arts, Culture and MediaUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Bachelor's degree in Arts, Culture and Media or in a relatedfield, such as:

  • Arts Philosophy
  • Arts Sociology
  • Arts Policy
  • Film
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Literature

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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