Online Culture: Art, Media and Society BA
In the international Bachelor’s program Online Culture: Art, Media and Society (Culture Studies) the focus is on digital culture and (new) media. From disciplines such as cultural studies and media studies you study how digitalization and globalization influence our way of living. You discuss new ways of communication, art expressions as well as (social) media phenomena. You research how such ways of communication and expressions are established and how they manifest in, and have influence on a society that increasingly takes place online. Additionally, you actively contribute to digital culture by writing papers and opinion pieces for our own online platform Diggit Magazine.
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Short overview of BA Online Culture: Art, Media and Society
Program and courses
Online Culture: Art, Media and Society is a contemporary Bachelor's program in Culture Studies. It is unique in content and approach as you do not only study digital culture, but you also actively contribute to it through our own online platform Diggit Magazine. In collaboration with lecturers and researchers you work on papers, opinion pieces and reviews for Diggit throughout your studies. Like this, you learn everything about fact checking, content sharing and reviewing; skills that will benefit you when you enter the job market after your studies.
- In the first year of the program, you build a solid foundation in digital media, arts and culture. Additionally, you acquire the academic skills necessary to scientifically analyze and interpret different content and theories.
- In your second year you can choose between the following tracks: Digital Media, Art in the Public Sphere or Global Communication. In addition to the compulsory courses that belong to your chosen track, you can choose from a range of elective courses.
- The third year offers you the opportunity to create a unique profile with a minor and electives. You can, for example, choose to do your minor at a different university in the Netherlands or abroad. Within the electives, you will have the opportunity to do a short internship and/or investigate what it means to be an entrepreneur in the cultural field. You finish the third year with a Bachelor's thesis.
The tracks you can choose:
- Digital Media
How do digitalization and globalization change the way in which we live?
- Art in the Public Sphere
How do digitalization and globalization change the way in which the artist and the public deal with literature, art and culture?
- Global Communication
How do digitalization and globalization change the way in which we communicate?
Typical courses are:
- Digital Culture and Society
Research digital and social media from a technical, social, economic and cultural perspective.
- Language, Culture and Globalization
Study the effects of contemporary globalization on the use of language and cultural processes, with a focus on the connection between online and offline.
- The Digital Individual
Understand the evolution of the digital world, its social relations and its impact on how individuals develop their identity. You study patterns of social behavior and revise the established image of the individual.
- Transformations of the Public Sphere
Examine how important institutions in the public sphere (think of: television, newspapers and social media) work and how they transform. And what does it actually mean to be part of a democratic culture or to participate in the public debate?
Why this Bachelor's program in Tilburg?
Study Online Culture: Art, Media and Society in Tilburg
- You receive an international education with ample room for interaction, guidance and feedback.
- Students are very satisfied with this program. Based on the National Student Survey, the program is ranked best in its field in the Netherlands and 'Top Rated Program' (Elsevier Best Studies 2019, Keuzegids 2021).
- The program is very up to date, addressing phenomena that are currently occurring
- Lots of attention for your English language- and writing skills. The program has its own online magazine: Diggit Magazine. Within this innovative learning environment students and staff publish papers, opinion pieces and reviews.
You will develop your writing and online publication skills, practicing various styles of writing and making sure your articles are ‘search engine optimized’.
- Throughout the program you participate in workshops and training in the field of career orientation (Talent Management, Labor Market Orientation). This easily kick starts your career after graduation.
A short impression of the Online Culture: Art, Media and Society program (video - 2:34 min)
What to expect when coming to Tilburg
Beyond your Bachelor's: Extracurricular Activities
Beyond your Bachelor's: Extracurricular Activities
- Join the study association Animo. Animo organizes formal and informal activities, such as lectures, company visits and get-togethers for Online Culture students.
- Challenge yourself by participating in the honors program.
After your Bachelor's
Careers and subsequent Master’s programs
After obtaining your Bachelor's degree in Online culture: Art, Media and Society, you can choose to do a Master's program. After you've completed a Master's program, you'll have favorable career prospects as a digital content coordinator, (web)editor or policy advisor.
Graduates found work in the media sector, the corporate industry, the government, education, or they started their own business.
Application and admission
Please follow the national application and admission procedure (in Dutch) if you are applying based on a Dutch vwo or hbo-p diploma, regardless of your nationality. A general description of the national application procedure is also available in English.
- To be eligible for admission to a research university such as Tilburg University, you must have a high school diploma equal to the highest level of secondary education in the Netherlands (the Dutch vwo diploma).
- As this Bachelor’s program is taught entirely in English, you must prove your English language proficiency.
You can find more detailed information about the admission requirements on this program's 'Application and admission' page.
Tuition fees and monthly cost of living
When you wish to study at Tilburg University, you must pay a tuition fee.
- Tuition fees cover the cost of lectures and facilities provided by the university, such as the extensive university library, Wi-Fi on campus, and symposia and other meetings.
- Tuition fees at Tilburg University are always for one full academic year.
Estimated monthly costs of living
Besides the tuition fees, you will have living costs and other expenses. You will find life in Tilburg relatively inexpensive compared to life in other Dutch university cities, such as Amsterdam and Utrecht. The approximate cost of living is between € 715 and € 1,215 per month.
|(Furnished) accommodation||€ 350 - 750 per month|
|Foods & Drinks||€ 200 - 300 per month|
|Books & Readers||€ 65 per month|
|Insurance||€ 100 per month|
|Sport membership||+ € 139.95 per year|
"The best part about studying Online Culture is writing papers about topics you really love and are passionate about. Seeing them published on our platform Diggit Magazine is the icing on the cake."
Antonia TelbizovaBachelor's student
“I really enjoy the liberating student environment in this program. The freedom to choose in which direction you want to go into or to write about whatever you are interested in is incredibly stimulating.”
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Are you and Online Culture: Art, Media and Society a match? If you...
want to deepen your understanding of the contemporary (digital) media culture
are curious about the interplay between (online) media, art and culture in a digitalized and globalized society
are interested in communication in a globalized world
are interested in questions regarding identity, communities, social interaction and politics
Then this is the program for you!