Arts & Culture: Comparative Arts and Media Studies (MA)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam the Netherlands

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The award
MA

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
EUR 2083 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 14600 per year

All study options

About Arts & Culture: Comparative Arts and Media Studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The programme Comparative Arts and Media Studies focuses on the in-betweenness and crossovers in modern and contemporary visual culture. By this we mean the interrelations within and between various old and new media, but also between media and visual arts. These have been intensified with the arrival of digital media and of the 'hypermedium' that arises from the on-screen interplay of words, images, and sounds and through the technological convergences of cinema, television, radio, and digital media. Our programme offers historical and theoretical perspectives on these phenomena while also taking into account real-life developments in the field of museum practices. Our students have had careers in education and research, media companies, and art institutions.

A career in research, audio-visual heritage, policy and administration
The programme Comparative Arts and Media Studies is an internationally oriented course that has close links to real-life practice. In addition to gaining expertise in theoretical and historical research, you have the opportunity to take an internship that involves research in an area of your choice. This can prepare you for careers in the fields of education and communication, digital archiving of cultural heritage, or cultural policy and administration. Employers include higher education, museums and art foundations, media companies, events, and corporate businesses.

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 study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2083 per yearInternational course feesEUR 14600 per year

Entry requirements

Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.

In order to gain admission to one of our Master’s programmes, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent.

Specific admission requirements for the Master’s programme Arts & Culture, specialization in Comparative Arts and Media Studies.
The Master’s Arts & Culture with a specialization in Comparative Arts and Media Studies is designed for students with an academic Bachelor’s in either art, film, TV, digital media, or (visual) cultural studies. You may also be accepted if you have an academic Bachelor in other disciplines of the Humanities (history, journalism, communication studies, comparative literature), with a major or specialization in art, film, television, digital media, or visual culture (equal to a minimum of 30 ECTS).

You must always present official test results proving your proficiency in English. Only students who have completed a full high school/International Baccalaureate in English or bachelor’s degree in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, or Australia may be exempted. You can already apply online without having the test results. In case you haven’t taken a test yet we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the English taught programmes at the Faculty of Humanities:

  • TOEFL score (score 600 paper based with a minimum of 55 in each of the subtests plus 4.0 in TWE, score 250 computer based or score 100 internet based with a minimum of 20-23 in each of the subtests).
  • IELTS score of 7.0 overall band score (with none of the separate section scores dropping below a minimum score of 6.5).
  • Cambridge English : Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C, or Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C.

Please check the Admission and language requirements page for the general requirements.

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