Program Art, Media and Society

Curriculum description

Each academic year within Tilburg University, School of Humanities consist of two semesters, namely fall and spring semester. Each semester has been divided into two blocks called units.

Fall Semester

  • Unit September - October
  • Unit November - December

Spring Semester

  • Unit January - March
  • Unit April - July

The one-year Master's specialization in Art, Media and Society  consists of 60 ECTS credits.

  • 6 Core Courses of 6 ECTS each (36 ECTS credits)
  • 2 Research Skills Modules of 3 ECTS each (6 ECTS credits)
  • A Master's thesis of 18 ECTS (18 ECTS credits)

Curriculum content

Fall Semester (September 2017 - December 2017)

Unit 1 (September 2017 - October 2017)

Unit 2 (November 2017 - December 2017)

Spring Semester (January 2018 - July 2018)

Unit 3 (January 2018 - March 2018)

Unit 4:  (April 2018 - July 2018)

Art, Media and Society: Prospective Students

Artistic practices are undergoing rapid shifts, involving important changes in the products of cultural expression and imagination – visual art, literature, film, music clips – in the fora where they occur – the changing distinction between the private and the public spheres involved in the massive use of social media – and in the actors that generate or interpret these practices and products. These changes affect several areas of social life, such as the educational and political areas, and have consequences in regard to how people observe, understand and appreciate cultural artefacts. Digitalization and globalization result in a rethinking of (national) identity, strategies of economy and power, and the interconnection of communities, narratives and imagination as expressed (and critiqued) in artefacts and cultural practices. Innovative theoretical and methodological models for an understanding of the contemporary mechanisms of artistic production and reception are required. In addition, a comparative historical perspective on former technological and social changes (19th and 20th centuries) is necessary.


The Master’s specialization Arts, Media and Society focuses on knowledge about and the analysis of the effects of globalization and digitalization on artistic practices. We study the way in which concepts such as ‘participatory art’ come to the fore in online contexts, how the balance between private and public information changes, and how life writing and narrating are used in constructing identities in (social) media. We focus on how such concepts as authenticity, authorship and aesthetics are being transformed in online culture. This Master's program is interdisciplinary, internationally oriented and finds its foundation in methods from cultural studies, sociology, literary theory, cultural history and philosophy.

Would this program suit me?

  • If you like debating critically about art, media and politics
  • If you are interested in various art forms, in literature, museums, but also in the aesthetic dimension and narrative composition of television series (The Wire, House of Cards), films or YouTube-clips.
  • If you are interested in the larger (global, European) context that influences what is going on in Dutch society
  • If you want to become a leading opinion maker of the future, writing columns, blogs and participating in the cultural debate on what is going on in society

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