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Arts, Culture and Media

What is the role of the arts in society? How do the arts reflect, and direct the worldviews of individuals and communities? This track offers insight into these relevant issues relating to contemporary arts worlds.

In the Master's track Arts, Culture and Media, students examine the role of the arts in society. The programme combines the study of the aesthetic dimensions of music, theatre, and film. It teaches students how to uncover the cognitive and societal impact, and the value of the arts in contemporary culture. Students learn to analyse and interpret artistic expressions with an enhanced view of how arts phenomena convey, negotiate, or hasten cultural change. They gain insight into arts worlds and their organisation. The programme explores how the arts relate to social, economic, and technical developments in an increasingly mediated world.

The Arts, Culture and Media track offers four specialisations:

  • Music, Theatre and Performance Studies
  • Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media
  • Arts, Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship
  • Arts, Cognition and Criticism

You can find more in-depth information on the specialisations under 'Programme'. All specialisations lead to a Master's degree in Arts and Culture.

What is the role of the arts in society? How do the arts reflect, and direct the worldviews of individuals and communities? This track offers insight into these relevant issues relating to contemporary arts worlds.

In the Master's track Arts, Culture and Media, students examine the role of the arts in society. The programme combines the study of the aesthetic dimensions of music, theatre, and film. It teaches students how to uncover the cognitive and societal impact, and the value of the arts in contemporary culture. Students learn to analyse and interpret artistic expressions with an enhanced view of how arts phenomena convey, negotiate, or hasten cultural change. They gain insight into arts worlds and their organisation. The programme explores how the arts relate to social, economic, and technical developments in an increasingly mediated world.

The Arts, Culture and Media track offers four specialisations:

  • Music, Theatre and Performance Studies
  • Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media
  • Arts, Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship
  • Arts, Cognition and Criticism

You can find more in-depth information on the specialisations under 'Programme'. All specialisations lead to a Master's degree in Arts and Culture.

This programme suits students who have studied one of the arts disciplines (dance, music, theater, film, literature, performance art) or arts-related perspectives (media studies, cultural studies, arts history, arts sociology, arts philosophy, arts cognition) in their Bachelor programme.

This master's track suits students who have studied one of the arts disciplines (dance, music, theater, film, literature, performance art) or arts-related perspectives (media studies, cultural studies, art history, arts sociology, arts philosophy) in their Bachelor programme.

More about this programme
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    Introduction to Film Studies

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    Unifocus 6: Film Studies

  • Testimonial of Ari Purnama

    PhD student in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media

    Studying film at the University of Groningen has widened my perspective about why, how, and for what purposes we examine this cultural product. Why do we need to study film? Despite the popularity of other moving image media today's television, YouTube, etc. ¾film continues to awe, entertain, and move us.

    Moreover, despite the differences between film and these other media, the production of television or YouTube content still primarily relies on techniques and conventions developed in film, for instance editing and cinematography. This curious aspect has led me to conclude that film is a stubbornly persistent medium. Film has been pronounced (almost) 'dead' several times from the threat posed by television in the 1950s to the recent digital changeover that rendered celluloid obsolete. But yet, filmmaking and film culture are still alive and kicking! This is a fascinating fact that prompted me to study film in the first place. So, how can we study film? Before I took film specialization courses at the UG, I thought there was only one feasible way to study film: to interpret its 'content' through the lens of cultural theories.

    Through the programme I was exposed to a myriad of approaches. But one in particular has been really helpful to my understanding of film. I have learned from the programme that before we are able to decode what meanings a particular film suggests we need to understand how that film works narratively and stylistically. This approach to film study encourages us to look at film as an art form first and foremost. That is to say, it is an artwork designed and constructed by a number of individuals (in most cases) in a collaborative setting with the film director taking the lead. The film director and his/her collaborators make creative choices that result in the way the film tells its story and the filmic techniques chosen to facilitate it. So, with this film-as-art perspective in mind, I have been able to 'reverse engineer' whichever film I am analysing in order to grasp what the film suggests and what experiences it offers. More importantly, through this critical lens I became interested in studying the creativity of filmmakers in shaping their films' look, and the role of constraints in that creative processes.

    OK, all of this sounds great, but what can I do with it? Having studied film this way, I can use the knowledge and skills honed during my master's education for my current research as well as for my practical filmmaking venture. I learned how to analyse films through the programme, and now I am using this analytical skill in my PhD research on contemporary Indonesian films. By learning how to analyse films, I have become more sensitive to techniques and conventions of film. Furthermore, I have become more responsive to the ways in which filmmakers sustain, modify or reject the conventions. In turn, this has helped me to structure my own film with a 'design conscious' outlook. For instance, in the screenwriting, pre-production, production and post-production phases I think about how to make my film coherent but not predictable in its attempt to elicit viewers' responses. In this way, the practice-theory synergy can be strengthened. All in all, the film programme at the RUG has opened my eyes theoretically as well as practically.

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    – Ari Purnama
  • Testimonial of Alumnus Jelle Burgers

    Metadata Coordinator at Paramount Pictures

    If you're looking to study Film from a multidisciplinary perspective aided by expert teachers challenging you to develop your own ideas, I can highly recommend the Film and Media Studies specialization in Groningen. I highly valued the interaction between students and staff. In my experience, the staff was most approachable and helped me to develop my own ideas, elevating them to a level I had previously not thought possible.

    As with any Art degree, finding a job in your field of expertise is very challenging. Luckily, the Film and Media Studies specialization in Groningen encourages students to pursue an internship. I would highly recommend future students to complete an internship as it will complement your theoretical knowledge with some indispensable practical skills you will need when you start your job hunt. And of course, getting your foot in the door is half the battle!

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    – Alumnus Jelle Burgers
  • Testimonial of Alumnus Ruben Meintema

    Software developer / innovator at the marketing firm Concepts2Go

    Currently I am working as a software developer / innovator at the marketing firm Concepts2Go in Nieuwegein. At first sight this is pretty unrelated to Film and Media Studies, but it totally helped me with creative thinking. At the University of Groningen, I've had the chance to investigate the widest possible range of topics, from aesthetic philosophy to video games. If you can see the relationships and possible combinations within all this diversity: that's innovation.

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    – Alumnus Ruben Meintema
  • Testimonial of Master's Student Lianne Veenstra

    This track is unique in the Netherlands

    Why Arts, Culture and Media ?

    Since I have always been interested in film, arts in general, culture, and history, the choice to study film at the Arts, Culture and Media department at the University of Groningen was an easy one to make. This track is unique in The Netherlands because it provides a multi- and interdisciplinary perspective on the study of arts and its contexts. The Film and Media Studies specialization within the Arts, Culture and Media track offers the opportunity to broaden and deepen your knowledge of film acquired during the Bachelor, and to study it within a specific professional framework – either Arts Analysis and Criticism, Arts Policy and Marketing, or Arts Education.

    A chance to go abroad

    If you didn’t go on an exchange in the third year of your Bachelor, then you will get another chance to do so in your Master. In the second semester of my Master, I went on an Erasmus exchange with Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne for six months. I can highly recommend taking part in an exchange programme because it is an extremely valuable experience and gives you the possibility to study your art form or discipline in another country.

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    – Master's Student Lianne Veenstra
Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in Culture Studies
Croho code
60087
Course type
Master
Language of instruction
English (100%)
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Start
SeptemberSeptember
Programme form
full-time
Faculty
Arts

University of Groningen OTS/Talent Grant Faculty of Arts

Are you a non-EU/EEA student from Mexico, Russia, China, Brasil, or Indonesia, starting a Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the University of Groningen OTS/Talent Grant, Faculty of Arts, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.

Read more about the OTS/Talent Grant Faculty of Arts or download the brochu re here. 

Research Master

Are you interested in a research oriented career? Please also check our Research Master's Programme of Arts & Culture.