Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media focuses on the study of the aesthetic, perceptual, cognitive and cultural effects of film, television, and other forms of audiovisual media.
This MA track offers the opportunity to study contemporary developments in film and moving-image culture. It highlights the significance of in-depth investigations of aesthetic experiences and perceptual and cognitive effects of different viewing cultures and screen technologies.
Methodologically we offer state-of-the-art approaches such as cognitivism, film-phenomenology, narrative theory, techno-aesthetics, digital film forensics, and experimental media archaeology.
Thematically the track focuses on rapidly shifting trends within moving-image culture such as: innovations in technologies, complex storytelling in film and television, changes in viewer emotions and experiences, film archiving practices and media curating, and new formats in documentary filmmaking that blur the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction.
Our track is unique in its combination of methodological approaches to film and audiovisual media and the research expertise and networks on offer. Our internationally recognized research and the well-established connections to film and media institutions make this track attractive to students who want to work in the media field or continue research on film.
[T]he staff was most approachable and helped me to develop my own ideas, elevating them to a level I had previously not thought possible."
“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 program 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."
"The FCAM programme 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!”
"The Film and Media Studies program was a way to use my already existing love for film, and mold that into a theoretical framework."
“For me, studying in the Film and Media Studies program was a way to use my already existing love for film, and mold that into a theoretical framework. I was challenged to dismantle movies, and put them together again. I still use these academic theories and techniques in my work as a film critic. You learn to watch film in another, elaborate way.”
“Studying film in Groningen gives you so many opportunities to broaden and/or deepen your interest in the field."
“Studying film in Groningen gives you so many opportunities to broaden and/or deepen your interest in the field. Attending the Summer Film School in Antwerp, volunteering at the university's film archive and enjoying the support of dedicated staff members really helped channel my career orientation.”
"I've had the chance to investigate the widest possible range of topics, from aesthetic philosophy to video games."
“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.”
“This programme is unique in the Netherlands”
“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.
Are you a non-EU/EEA student from Mexico, Russia, China, India, 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.