The Master's in Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam is a unique one-year programme that offers a theoretically rigorous engagement with the field of film studies and visual culture.
Film Studies is situated within the internationally ranked Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam, which brings together renowned scholars from a variety of media and theoretical perspectives.The programme approaches the study of film as a multi-faceted phenomenon, one that plays a vital and ever-changing role in contemporary digital media culture. The programme invites students to 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. Students also take part in intensive research seminars that explore specialized topics related to the expertise of the core film faculty. These seminars address both classic and cutting-edge subjects, ranging from neuro-aesthetics, ethics, affect, fashion, body, and the politics of gender and identity, to classical film theory, multimodal metaphor, and the cinematic city. With its many festivals, its rich cinematic tradition, its archives, museums and cultural institutions, Amsterdam offers the perfect setting for this programme. Please note, the Master's in Film Studies is not a Master's in Film Production.
Students are expected to develop the ability to think critically about film and to be able to contribute to ongoing theoretical debates and discussions in this field. They explore texts, authors, genres and movements associated with film, and develop an understanding of these elements within their historical contexts, all under the guidance of the Media and Culture Department. They are encouraged to formulate original hypotheses and test them in their class presentations, research papers and Master's thesis.
The Master's programme in Film Studies yields 60 ECTS credits: 42 credits for core courses 18 credits for a Master's thesis.
The specific number of credits a student is required to obtain through coursework is determined by the admissions committee and is based on the student's previous qualifications. Fulfilment of all the requirements will take at least one year.
The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic
adviser(s). The final text should be approximately 15,000 words.
Media Studies has five master's programmes:
Film Studies is a Master's programme in Media Studies. Students who successfully complete this programme receive a Master's degree in Media Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).
Students who show exceptional promise during a Regular or Professional Master's programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a Research Master's programme. Once students are admitted to the Research Master's programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The examination committee determines which courses qualify for transfer.
Written request: Students can apply from 1 December until 1 April by filling out the digital application form and uploading the necessary documents via the website of the Graduate School for Humanities (www.gsh.uva.nl).
Language test: IELTS: average score 7 TOEFL: score 100 Cambridge Advanced English: score A2 Cambridge Proficiency in English: score B1
Previous education: The Master's in Film Studies is open to all students with a Bachelor's diploma from the UvA, or a recognised equivalent from another accredited university in: - Film - Media and Culture (of which at least 60 ECTS-credits specifically in the domain of Film Studies) The level of the Bachelor's diploma from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (to be judged by the Examinations Board).
Grade list: Applicants are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) equivalant to at least: B/ 3.0 (American system) 2.1 (a second class upper/division one degree in the British system) C (ECTS-system) 7.0 (Dutch system)
Additional language requirements:
No work experience is required.
Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands
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A modern university with a rich history, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) traces its roots back to 1632, when the Golden Age school Athenaeum Illustre was established to train students in trade and philosophy. Today, with more than 30,000 students, 5,000 staff and 250 study programmes (Bachelor's and Master's), many of which are taught in English, it is one of the larger comprehensive universities in Europe.