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Arts, Culture and Media

Programma-opties

  • General Information (track)

    MA students enrolled in the Arts, Culture and Media degree programme are offered an interdisciplinary curriculum, which highlights the inter-related nature of contemporary arts worlds.

    By combining an arts specialisation with a professional framework, students gain critical knowledge about the specifics of particular arts disciplines such as film, music and theatre, while also gaining skills through exposure and experience with a professional framework, which is necessary for working into today's rapidly changing professional arts worlds. In the one-year Master's programme, we offer four specialisations:

    Arts Discipline Specialisations:

    • Music, Theatre and Performance Studies
    • Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media

    Professional Framework Specialisations:

    • Arts, Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship
    • Arts, Cognition and Criticism

    Students choose six modules of 5 EC (30 EC in total), combining either 20 EC in the an Arts Discipline with 10 EC in a Framework, or 20 EC in a Framework and 10 EC in an Arts Discipline. These courses are taken during the first semester. During the second semester, students write their MA thesis (20 EC) and apply for an internship (10 EC).

    Note: As of September 2018, the four specialisations will be offered as separate Master's tracks. The content of the courses and the structure of the programme will remain the same.

  • Music, Theatre and Performance Studies (specialisatie)

    This specialisation offers a rich field of study which encompasses both emergent and historically established practices in music and the performing arts.

    MA students learn about the current make-up of musical and theatrical organizations, as well as the impact of broader processes such as globalization, digitalization, urbanization, festivalisation, and mobility upon expanding forms of creativity. Because humans continue to shape creative experience within cultural fields, this specialisation aims to uncover how music and theatre remain relevant for understanding broader relations between culture, society, and the arts.

    We examine these and other processes in historical contexts and in our musical and theatrical present, where economic crisis in recording and performing industries has led to vast re-arrangements of musical and theatrical labor and changing conceptions of the public sphere.

    Course options include:

    • Music Politics and Resistance
    • Music in the City
    • Music Technology and Ideologies
    • Classical Music in the Digital Age I: The Audiovisual Experience
    • Classical Music in the Digital Age II: Rethinking the Concert
    • Dramaturgy
    • Theorising Performance: Theatre after the Performative Turn
    • Adaptation Theory and Practice
  • Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media (specialisatie)

    The Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Groningen offers a one-year master's specialisation with a complete focus on Film Studies (60 ETCS).

    Film Today: Stories, Emotions, Technologies provides students with an excellent opportunity to focus on contemporary developments in film and moving-image culture. Students will receive a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Arts and Culture.

    Courses from four domains corresponding with the expertise of our international film staff are open to the participants. These domains comprise

    • new types of storytelling in film and television
    • recent forays into viewer emotions and experiences,
    • current research into new media technologies
    • new formats and changing aesthetics in documentary filmmaking.

    All courses are taught in English. Some of them will allow for more creative and practice-based course work, such as producing an audiovisual essay. Our professional network provides numerous opportunities for internships and exchange programs with other universities (e.g., the Sorbonne in Paris, the Free University Berlin, the University of Pretoria in South Africa). Film students have access to the university's historic Film Archive for hands-on education and research.

  • Arts, Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship (specialisatie)

    The specialisation of Arts, Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship has defined its mission as devising strategies for art in the public sphere.

    Support for the arts and the related role of artists in the public sphere result from intense negotiations between stakeholders within the fields of politics, finance, management, and marketing. At the same time, artists critically reflect upon their public role and the manner in which they are supported. Thus both the public's role and its support of the arts are the subject of constant debate.

    With this speciliasation, we contribute to the reflection on how the organisation of arts production, dissemination, and contextualisation affects the realisation of artistic values in society. Our methods are based in critical sociology, public policy studies, management science, and cognitive perspectives on the arts. These allow students to critically reflect upon the values that influence local art world settings, which increasingly interact with global networks.

    Course options include:

    • Arts Sociology
    • Arts and the Public Sphere (with Arts, Cognition and Criticism)
    • Public Arts Policy in Global Context
    • The Global/Local Cultural Leader
  • Arts, Cognition and Criticism (specialisatie)

    In the specialisation of Arts, Cognition and Criticism, students gain an understanding of culture as a complex individual and collective cognitive process.

    Through culture, humans continuously create, distribute, negotiate, criticise, and reconsider their experiences, values, ideas, and perspectives. The arts have always played an important part in this process: artistic experiences reflect and shape individual and social consciousness. By doing so they partake in an ongoing conversation about what makes life worthwhile. The focus in this specialisation is on how the arts innovate and reflect upon the cultural sphere.

    The different courses explore themes such as art as reflective imagination, value-negotiation through storytelling, and the social and political function of the arts and arts criticism. Methodologically the courses in this track draw from the cognitive sciences, hermeneutics, narrative theory, critical theory, discourse analysis, and arts sociology.

    Course options include:

    • Arts and the Public Sphere (with APCE)
    • Media, Materials, Makers (with Art History)
    • Narrative Arts as Value Laboratory
    • Arts and Brain in Culture
    • 'Capita Selecta' Module
  • Internship and Master's Thesis (track)

    Apart from the modules in the first semester, each of the four tracks consists of an MA Thesis (20 EC) and an internship (10 EC) in the second semester.

    The Arts, Culture and Media track aims to launch MA students into their future professional worlds by positioning them in a network of partner organisations and by using the internship positions at the end of the second semester as a “landing strip” to the student's professional career (with help of professional partners and alumni). Furthermore, we support the combination of a Master's Research Project with an internship.

    The internship will be supervised both professionally by a partner organisation and academically by one of the staff members, according to the required field of expertise. The many direct contacts between our staff and organisations in the field as well as the broad choice of specialised internship opportunities we can offer to our students are a major asset of the specialisations offered.

  • Master's Honours Programme (honoursprogramma)

    The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

    It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Opbouw programma

VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
'Capita Selecta' Module (5 EC, facultatief)
Adaptation Theory and Practice (5 EC, facultatief)
Adaptation Theory and Practice (5 EC, facultatief)
Arts and Brain in Culture (5 EC, facultatief)
Arts and the Public Sphere (5 EC, facultatief)
Arts Sociology (5 EC, facultatief)
Classical Music in the Digital Age I (5 EC, facultatief)
Classical Music in the Digital Age II (5 EC, facultatief)
Contemporary Complex Cinema (5 EC, facultatief)
Contemporary Film and Media Curating (5 EC, facultatief)
Dramaturgy (5 EC, facultatief)
First-Person Documentary and the Real (5 EC, facultatief)
Media, Materials, Makers (with Art History) (5 EC, facultatief)
Music in the City (5 EC, facultatief)
Music Politics and Resistance (5 EC, facultatief)
Music Technology and Ideologies (5 EC, facultatief)
Narrative Arts as Value Laboratory (5 EC, facultatief)
Public Arts Policy in Global Context (5 EC, facultatief)
The Film Experience (5 EC, facultatief)
The Global / Local Cultural Leader (5 EC, facultatief)
Theorising Performance: Theatre after the Performative Turn (5 EC, facultatief)
Internship (or tutorial) (10 EC)
Master's Thesis (20 EC)

In this track you follow 30 EC in courses in the first semester (5 EC modules) related to your chosen specialisations. During the second semester you write a Master's Thesis (20 EC) under the supervision of two Arts in Society professors. You also choose between a research-related tutorial or an arts internship (10 EC).

Check out the content of the courses on Ocasys: https://www.rug.nl/let/courses-ma-arts-and-culture

In this track you follow 30 EC in courses in the first semester (5 EC modules) related to your chosen specialisations. During the second semester you write a Master's Thesis (20 EC) under the supervision of two Arts in Society professors. You also choose between a research-related tutorial or an arts internship (10 EC).

Check out the content of the courses on Ocasys: https://www.rug.nl/let/courses-ma-arts-and-culture

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is facultatief
  • Maximaal 30 EC
Waarom in Groningen?
  • Fully aims to develop analytical skills in evaluating the role performed by the arts in society
  • Offers unique combination of practical skills and academic reflection
  • Specialisation offered in different art forms, related to the Arts discipline or Professional framework
  • Features guest lectures by outstanding artists, art organisers, cultural critics and policy makers

The ACC track in Groningen offers ● a stimulating international environment in a typical Dutch city with a strong cultural infrastructure ● a motivated international staff with high research reputation and links to national/international art worlds ● a cutting-edge interdisciplinary program with a range of methods ● choices that allow you to connect the critical approaches to your own art discipline(s) and to shape your profile as a critical researcher and professi

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows the ins and outs of the programme and can assist with your academic planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything discussed with them is treated confidentially. They can also help connect you with the necessary persons or departments to resolve your problems.

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows the ins and outs of the programme and can assist with your academic planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything discussed with them is treated confidentially. They can also help connect you with the necessary persons or departments to resolve your problems.

  • Testimonial van 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
  • Opleidingsvideo

    Introduction to Film Studies

    – Opleidingsvideo
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    Unifocus 6: Film Studies

  • Testimonial van 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 van 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 van 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
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