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Description of Media, Art and Performance Studies

Emerging technologies and practices in transition

This Research Master's programme in Media, Art & Performance Studies is an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented research-based programme which offers an advanced training in academic research skills appropriate for today's highly dynamic and interdisciplinary field of media, visual arts and performance.

Cultural transformations

Contemporary media, art and performance increasingly play with and transcend disciplinary boundaries. Intermedial and performative practices both produce and critically investigate cultural transitions in today’s mediatized and performative culture. Such synergies invite to explore how emerging forms of media, art and performance – while historically and culturally embedded - interact with and relate to social and cultural transformations.

Emerging media, art and performance

As a student of this programme, you will be introduced to and specialise in new research areas and methodologies, necessary for investigating emerging media, performance and contemporary art forms within today's rapidly changing culture. In relation to this you will also reflect on the role of the Humanities in both academic and public debates.

A mediatised culture and society

Central concerns in this programme are, amongst others: the role and meaning of (visual) media in a mediatised society, inter- and transmedial practices in theatre, dance, film, television, digital media and visual arts; spectator- and usership, the performative turn in contemporary arts and media; technology, materiality and corporeal literacies; game, play and activism; changing institutions, mobile and/or location-based media, urban interfaces, navigational screen-based practices; art and media ecologies.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 September: June (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee
  • EUR 15330 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Types of teaching (in year 1):

  • theory: 40%
  • practice: 10%
  • self study: 50%

Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is optional.

This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.


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Requirements for Media, Art and Performance Studies

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: B1
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C1
  • IELTS overall band: 6.5
  • IELTS writing: 6
  • TOEFL paper based: 580
  • TOEFL computer based: 237
  • TOEFL internet based: 93

Work Experience for Media, Art and Performance Studies

No work experience is required.

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