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Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media

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.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in Arts & Culture
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60087
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Arts
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • stimulating international student environment with a lively cinema-going culture;
  • theoretically strong department working on the latest developments in audiovisual culture;
  • wide range of courses on cognitive film theory, film-phenomenology, media-archeology, narratology and documentary theory;
  • team of motivated international staff members collaborating across national and disciplinary boundaries;
  • Film Archive & Media Archaeology Lab (embedded in the University) with links to international networks of film archives, museums and media labs.
Programme

In the first semester the students follow courses of 30 EC. Here 20 EC come from the Film and Audiovisual Media track. The remaining 10 EC can be chosen from the other tracks within the Arts and Culture MA programme (Arts, Cognition and Criticism; Music, Theatre and Performance Studies; Arts, Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship). In the second semester students write their MA thesis (20 EC) and do an internship/traineeship (10 EC). The internship can also be replaced by a course or a tutorial.

Optional courses from the other tracks:

Semester 1a: Media, Materials, Makers, Arts and the Public Sphere, Classical Music in the Digital Age I, Dramaturgy, Music Technologies and Ideologies, Theorising Performance.

Semester 1b: Adaption Theory and Practice, Arts and Brain in Culture, Capita Selecta, Classical Music in the Digital Age II, Music in the City, Music, Politics and Resistance, Narrative Arts as Value Laboratory.

Periods
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Contemporary Film and Media Curating (5 EC)
The Film Experience (5 EC)
Optional course 1 (5 EC, optional)
Optional course 2 (5 EC, optional)
Contemporary Complex Cinema (5 EC)
Documentary Now! (5 EC)
Ma Internship (10 EC)
Master's Thesis (20 EC)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • Maximum of 30 EC

This track invites students to go on exchange during their second semester, with partner universities such as Freie Universität Berlin (GER), Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne (FRA), the Universities of Gothenburg, Lund, and Stockholm (SWE), University of Aarhus (DK) the Universities of Bradford, Durham, and Leicester (UK), ELTE University Budapest (H), the Universities of Milan, and Udine (I), University of Pretoria and University of the Free State South Africa, UNAM Mexico, and other universities.

Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). If you have a VWO diploma a language test is not required.

previous education

Bachelor's degree in Arts, Culture and Media or in a related field, such as:

  • Arts Philosophy
  • Arts Sociology
  • Arts Policy
  • Film
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Literature

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Arts, Culture and MediaUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components).

previous education

Bachelor's degree in Arts, Culture and Media or in a related field, such as:

  • Arts Philosophy
  • Arts Sociology
  • Arts Policy
  • Film
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Literature

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 201901 September 2019
15 January 202001 February 2020
15 August 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 11500full-time
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time
After your studies

Job prospects

Alumni of this track have found jobs in a wide array of fields

  • Event and collection management in film and television museums (Eye Film Institute, Sound and Vision)
  • Film curating, (freelance) film and art reviewing, newspaper and magazine journalism (Filmkrant)
  • Film festival organizing and programming (Movies That Matter, IDFA, NFF, IVA, Flicks, Kino Klandestino, Zienemaan, etc.)
  • Practical filmmaking

There are other employment possibilities such as a position at a media company or in the advertisement and commercial field. Prior students have also begun their own successful arts organisations, advice bureaus, or research institutions in the field of arts, culture, and event organisations.

Beyond these, we are particularly proud of our success rate in acquiring PhD grants.

Job examples

  • Film critic
  • Cultural Journalist
  • Media Curator
  • Film Archivist
  • Researcher
  • Art Event Organizer
Research
Art, Medium, and Moving Images
Art, Medium, and Moving Images

The program of our MA track is closely related to the individual research expertise of its staff members. For information about research projects our film staff is working on, please visit the individual pages:

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Contact

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    [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."

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    “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!”

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    “Studying film in Groningen gives you so many opportunities to broaden and/or deepen your interest in the field."

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    “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.”

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								Testimonial of Omar Larabi

    "The Film and Media Studies program was a way to use my already existing love for film, and mold that into a theoretical framework."

    – Omar Larabi
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    “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.”

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								Testimonial of Lianne Veenstra

    “This programme is unique in the Netherlands”

    – Lianne Veenstra
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    “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.

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								Testimonial of Ruben Meintema

    "I've had the chance to investigate the widest possible range of topics, from aesthetic philosophy to video games."

    – Ruben Meintema
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    “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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Study associations

IK

Study Association IK is the study association of Arts, Culture & Media at the University of Groningen.
IK organizes both study related and non-study related activities. The Study Association currently exists of a little bit less than 200 members, eight committees and a board with four members.
http://www.studieverenigingik.nl/
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Student profile

This programme suits students who have studied film, audiovisual media, or arts-related perspectives (media studies, cultural studies, arts history, arts sociology, arts philosophy, arts cognition) in their Bachelor programme.

Study support

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.