Art and Media Studies

Program and courses Art and Media Studies

This program is perfect for students who are interested in the effects of digitalization on contemporary cultural and artistic phenomena in the public sphere, contemporary media culture, arts, literature and aesthetic philosophy. We teach you how to analyze, understand, evaluate and communicate about artistic and cultural practices in online and offline contexts.

Program structure

This one-year master’s track in Art and Media Studies consists of 60 ECTS:

  • 6 core courses (33 ECTS)
  • 1 elective course (6 ECTS)
  • 2 research skills courses (6 ECTS)
  • A Master's thesis (15 ECTS)

Most courses link to Diggit Magazine: papers and assignments written, commented and edited in courses will be published on this online news platform.

This program starts at the end of August.

Program content

Core courses
  • New Private and Public Spheres (6 ECTS)
  • Intimacy, Privacy, Authenticity (6 ECTS)
  • Authorship & Persona (6 ECTS)
  • Experiences of the Sublime (6 ECTS)
  • Media Interventions: Practices & Debates (6 ECTS)
  • Urgent Media Topic: Climate Change (3 ECTS)
Elective courses

Choose 1 elective course from the following options:

  • Performance: Ritual, Art and the Body in digital culture (6 ECTS)
  • Digital industries and infrastructures (6 ECTS)
  • Intercultural Communication Online and Offline (6 ECTS)
  • Media Provocateurs (6 ECTS)
Research skills courses

Choose two of these 7 research skills courses:

  • Using digital literacies (3 ECTS)
  • Interaction in the Hybrid Media System (3 ECTS)
  • Ethnography and Interview (3 ECTS)
  • Narratology and Discursive Analytical Strategies (3 ECTS)
  • Ethnomining (3 ECTS)
  • Anthropology and Fieldwork (3 ECTS)
  • Survey Design (3 ECTS)
Master's thesis

In your Master's thesis you report on an independent research project you have carried out. For your research you choose a topic related to Art and Media Studies. Examples of research methods you can apply are: hermeneutical analysis, visual and semiotic rhetorical analysis, and narrative analysis.

Examples of previous Master's thesis topics:

  • Digital games and museums
  • Digital (participatory) Art
  • Illness on Tik Tok
  • Metamorphosis in Barbie movies
  • Racism in Film narratives

You will find a detailed description of the courses and required literature in our course catalog.

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Please note: programs are subject to change. We advise you to look up the current program in OSIRIS Student at the start of the year.


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Short overview of Art and Media Studies

  • Study how artistic and cultural expressions develop under the influence of digitalization, mediatization, and privatization of public space and what the implications are for society.
  • Develop communicative skills such as writing, analyzing and interpreting texts and images, critical reflection on societal issues, and participating in public debates.
  • Turn academic content into publications that are accessible to a wider public through Diggit Magazine, both a learning instrument and an online news platform focusing on arts, digital culture, and globalization.

Interested in the Art and Media Studies track?

Check your eligibility and the deadlines for application.