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Arts, Media and Literary Studies

Are you curious, eager to learn and ready to shape the role of the arts and the media in society and culture? Then you are the right person for this Research Master!

The two-year Master's track in Arts, Media and Literary Studies is a specialization within the Research Master's degree in Arts and Culture.

Arts, Media and Literary Studies equips students with knowledge and skills to become researchers and experts on the role that the arts, literature and media play in society, now and in the past. The programme offers a rich multi- and interdisciplinary framework within which students can specialize in one of the following disciplines or combinations of disciplines, under close supervision of a highly qualified research faculty:

  • arts and culture education,
  • cognitive studies of arts, media and culture,
  • cultural studies,
  • digital humanities,
  • film studies,
  • history of art, architecture and landscape,
  • literary studies
  • media and journalism studies,
  • music studies,
  • theatre and performance studies.
Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in Arts & Culture (research)
Course type
Research master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60829
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Arts
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Innovative research perspectives and methods to analyse the changing forms and roles of the arts, media and literature in our globalizing world
  • Solid disciplinary profiling, in a stimulating inter- and multidisciplinary framework
  • A cosmopolitan and intellectually stimulating learning environment, with highly qualified staff, excellent international research networks and contacts with professional worlds
  • Small groups, with interactive, innovative and intensive coursework.
Programme

Four consecutive courses, in which students develop their capacity for critical reflection and acquire in-depth knowledge of theories of arts, media and literature and of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods, depending on the students' research orientation. Students learn to apply and expand these approaches in research projects that they design and conduct individually or in groups. A fifth common course, Arts and Media in Society, which allows students to explore one or more challenging hot issues regarding the arts and media in society, involving participants from across and beyond academia. Examples of such issues would be 'The arts, media and literature: practices of social exclusion or inclusion?', 'Trust and reliability in society, viewed through the arts, media and literature', or 'The mutual impact of technology and the arts, media and literature'.

Periods
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Theories of Culture and Research in the Humanities (5 EC)
Elective (10 EC)
Elective (10 EC)
Theories and Analysis of Arts, Media and Literature (5 EC)
Arts and Media in Society (5 EC)
Research Methods 1 (5 EC)
Elective (5 EC)
Elective (10 EC)
Research Methods 2 (5 EC)
Periods
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Specialisation 1 (10 EC)
Specialisation 2 (10 EC)
Specialisation 3 (5 EC)
Research Design (5 EC)
Research Master's Thesis AMLS (30 EC)

Curriculum

All students participate in the programme's shared core, comprised of six courses of 5 ECTS (a total of 30 ECTS). Alongside this common core, students build their own disciplinary profile by choosing, in their first year, three or four electives (25 EC in total). They also take a total of 10 ECTS offered by a national research school, which allows them to extend their knowledge to other approaches and establish contact with peers and scholars from other universities.

In their second year, students hone their research skills in three specialization modules (25 ECTS in total). These specialisations can take the form of a tutorial or of research internships, in which students join a research project led by a senior researcher (we strongly advise students to do at least one research internship). Such an internship can also be a project conducted for and with stakeholders in the world of the arts and the media. An internship is typically completed with the writing, publishing and public presentation of a paper or report, at a conference or for targeted professional or broad audiences.

Students are encouraged to spend (part of) the specialization semester abroad, facilitated by the International Office. For all internships, tutorials and international stays, they can draw on the staff's excellent national and international research networks and on a rich range of contacts with stakeholders, such as museums, cultural institutions, archives, municipalities, educational institutions, regional, national and European institutions and policy makers.

Programme options
Master's Honours Programme (honours program)

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.

More information about this option

Master's placement (specialization)

During this Master's track, you can follow a research placement for ECTS credit points where you get the opportunity to participate and getting more involved in research.

It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Mobility Office can offer help with this where necessary.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is recommended
  • For an average of 16 weeks
  • Maximum of 30 EC
Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills), or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • a modern European language and culture study (with a specialization in literature, film and culture)
  • Dutch language and Culture
  • American Studies
  • Arts, Culture and Media
  • Classical Studies (with a specialization in literature, film and culture)
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • other related fields
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

written request

Motivational letter

other admission requirements

Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degree certificates, individual results and the thesis or paper.

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Arts, Culture and MediaUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

More information:

This programme has a selection procedure.

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Dutch Language and CultureAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

This programme has a selection procedure

American StudiesAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

This programme has a selection procedure.

Dutch Language and CultureAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

This programme has a selection procedure.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills), or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • a modern European language and culture study (with a specialization in literature, film and culture)
  • American Studies
  • Arts, Culture and Media
  • Classical Studies (with a specialization in literature, film and culture)
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • other related fields
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

written requestNo further information
other admission requirements

Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degree certificates, individual results and the thesis or paper.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

As a graduate of this track, you will have an analytical, critical and independent attitude towards the arts and culture. You will be well prepared for a research career in the areas of literature, arts and culture, both at universities and private research institutes.

Research

Participation in Research Colloquia and Activities

Students can participate in activities – guest lectures, research presentations and so on of the research theme groups within the Research Centre for Arts in Society of the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG):

Staff Selection

Prof. dr. AM.A. van den Oever is the Director of Studies for the Research Master Arts, Media and Literary Studies AMLS. Her areas of expertise are film theory, film aesthetics, technology and aesthetics, visual media, experimental media archaeology, theory and history of the grotesque. Prof. Van den Oever teaches (core) courses in these fields.

Prof. dr. A.S. (Ann-Sophie) Lehmann is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and director of the Research Centre Arts in Society. Her research focuses on process-based approaches to visual material culture and includes old and new media, from oil paint to software. She teaches several courses about art in different forms of media.

Dr. J. (Julian) Hanich is Associate Professor of Film Studies and his expertise lies within film and emotion, film and phenomenology, audience/reception studies, genre studies and film aesthetics. Together with prof. dr. M.G. Kemperink, he teaches the first-year course Art and the Emotions: Theory and Practical Research.

Research Schools

It is possible for research master students to participate in seminars, courses and summer schools organized by the Dutch national research schools.

These 'schools' are organized for the training of PhD and research MA students. You need to select 10 ECTS (usually 2 x 5 ECTS) from their programme offer. They also organize a variety of research related events and activities, in which you are, in most cases, very welcome as a research master student. These events give you the opportunity to deepen your disciplinary profile and to become acquainted with leading researchers and with peers in your field.

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    Freedom

    In my research master Literary and Cultural Studies, I focus on the interaction between artist, art and the beholder, how does art move us, and the way we are literally and figuratively moved. I chose this research master because it provides the opportunity to explore these interconnections in depth while offering the freedom to chose from a wide range of possibilities to broaden my horizon. There are only a few core courses and together with the staff, you can design your own programme according to interests, curiosities and needs. For example, I have the chance to do a research internship at the Max-Planck-Institute for empirical aesthetics in Frankfurt, within the framework of the research master.

    Theory and methods

    Literary and Cultural Studies focusses especially on theory and methods: within small groups of fellow students and professors with diverse research interests, these are discussed and reflected on a lot. The programme is challenging and demands a lot of reading, critical thinking and academic writing. At the same time, it takes you a step further in your own development of research skills. I chose this programme at the University of Groningen because it offers this precise and in-depth knowledge of theories and methods that I feel I need for academic research. And I would definitely recommend this research master to students who are eager and curious to learn and understand the role of arts in our society.

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Holland Scholarship

Are you an international student from a non EU/EEA member state starting a Research Master's programme or Erasmus Mundus Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the Holland Scholarship, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.

Read more on the Holland Scholarship.

Research Assistants Programme

Talented and motivated students who start in September in one of the five Research Master Programmes offered by the Faculty of Arts, may apply for a paid position of one day a week at the university.

Read more about the Research Assistants programme positions.

Master’s degree programmes in Literary Studies and Arts & Culture

The Faculty of Arts also offers one year master’s degree programmes in Literary Studies and Arts & Culture.

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Study associations

Meander

Meander is the study association for students following the History of Art & Architecture programme at the University of Groningen.
Members receive discount on textbooks, an annual Meander almanac and 3-4 editions of LUX magazine per year. They can also go to all the parties, lectures, excursions, symposiums and other activities organized by Meander at discount prices. In addition, Meander regularly organizes trips both in and outside the Netherlands.
https://www.studieverenigingmeander.nl/

Synthesis

Synthesis is the new study association for all Research Master students from the Faculty of Arts. Synthesis is both a social network and a platform for the academic development of young scholars. Given our shared interest in academic research, Synthesis organizes a variety of seminars, lectures and workshops about academic skills or career strategy with interesting speakers from different fields.
Synthesis also aims to create and maintain an active Research Master community by organizing social activities such as drinks, dinners and fun trips. Join our Facebook group for more information.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/468316950175210/
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Student profile

Are you curious, eager to learn, to understand and help shape the role of the arts/one of the arts and that of the media in society, and in culture? Are you up to some intellectual challenge? Does the idea of working in small, often multidisciplinary teams and in an international research environment appeal to you? Are you excited by the prospect of bringing academic research to bear on real issues in our societies? Then this programme might be the good choice for you.

Study support

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. She knows all the ins and outs of the program and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.