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Program in Online Culture: Art, Media and Society

In the Bachelor’s program Online Culture: Art, Media and Society you will study  art, media and culture in an increasingly digital, globalized world. In this program, you will learn to understand and interpret how digitalization and globalization influence our everyday lives, the artistic expressions we enjoy, and the ways in which we communicate. If you are interested in analyzing social media protest as a form of political participation, online fan fiction as a form of literature, and memes as a form of communication, this is the right program for you.

Program outline

In the first semester, you will follow introductory courses to learn about the different ways in which digitalization and globalization influence art, media and society. In the second semester of the first year you will choose one of the following majors: Digital Media, Art in the Public Sphere, or Global Communication.

  • In the major Digital Media, you will study what digital media are all about and how they work, and you will discover how digitalization has created new cultural products, new forms of communication, and new ways to experience the world.
  • In the major Global Communication, you will study the consequences of digitalization and globalization which are influenced by technological, economic, political and cultural developments.
  • In the major Art in the Public Sphere, you will study cultural and artistic expressions in the international and societal contexts in which they emerge, and the effect of these expressions on the public sphere. This major is offered partly in Dutch. International students can choose courses from this major as part of their minor.

Language skills

Within the program a lot of attention is paid to academic skills: you will learn to read, write and speak English at an academic level, how to communicate ideas clearly and effectively and to develop your own critical voice.

After graduation, you will be able to communicate to a broad audience and know how to reach certain audiences online. To develop these skills, you will have the opportunity to publish your work in the online magazine Diggit. This is our students’ own online platform. Within this innovative learning environment students and staff publish essays, reviews and columns. While writing for Diggit you will also learn skills such as (online) editing, fact-checking, and content sharing. These are useful skills considering your future career perspectives.

Research skills

From the first year on, you will learn how to do systematic research, and to reflect on science and its role in society. You will acquire academic skills such as reading and understanding theoretical literature, arguing and debating, collecting and analyzing data, and communicating the research you have conducted yourself. The research topic you can choose yourself.

Career orientation

Your career is one of our main priorities. For this reason, we help you prepare for your future career by choosing one of two career paths in your third year of studies. The Research career path is especially interesting if you aspire to an academic or another career where research skills are important (e.g. in policy or journalism). If you wish to pursue a career in the public or commercial sector, you can choose the Entrepreneurship path. You will then complete your program with an internship or a research assignment that is commissioned by a company or an organization.

Individual attention and feedback

Our program offers small-scale teaching. This means we offer plenty of room for interaction, tutoring and feedback. You will attend classes with 15 to 50 students on average. During classes you will also actively participate in discussions. You will thus learn to develop and express your own critical voice.

Student Vino Avanesi

“In Online Culture: Art, Media and Society you will soon feel at home. Lecturers will know your name after just a few weeks.”

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Online Culture: Art, Media and Society at a glance

Degree titleBachelor of Art (BA)
School Tilburg School of Humanities
Registration code (CROHO)56823
Start of program August 28, 2017
Part-time / full-time Full-time
Duration 36 months (three years)
ECTS credits earned 180
Binding Study Advice 42 ECTS
Study abroad Optional
Language of instruction English
Application deadline May 1 for non-EEA nationals; June 1 for EEA nationals

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