Our Master programme offers a stimulating environment in which students develop a critical vocabulary about the meaning and impact of new media and digital cultures in order to help them become the critical citizens, journalists, researchers, teachers, writers, and policy-makers of the future.
As one of the largest MA programmes in the department of Media and Culture Studies of Utrecht University, New Media & Digital Culture (NMDC) offers a teaching trajectory that consists of courses, individual teaching modules and extra-curriculum activities such as guest lectures, seminars and conferences. As an enthusiastic international team of scholars we are dedicated to offer a stimulating environment for students in which they can develop their own critical vocabulary about the meaning and impact of new media and digital cultures in order to help them become the critical citizens, journalists, researchers, teachers, writers, designers and policy-makers of the future.
Produced by vast and rapidly expanding creative and commercial industries, new media have become an important part of many daily activities. Yet we have hardly begun to comprehend how and to what extent they have changed our daily practices and culture. With our MA programme we offer an innovative programme to help students articulate their academic and professional views on vital issues in new media and digital culture.
In our courses diverse digital phenomena are studied such as games, the Internet, new media art, interactive television, mobile technology and digital music. We at Utrecht University encourage students to engage in a study of new media technologies in their specific social, cultural and political contexts. Depending on those contexts, we draw on interdisciplinary perspectives in which media studies, communication studies, cultural studies, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, (art) history, musicology, gender studies, political sciences and law can be critically combined. The NMDC programme is centred around five themes that are visible throughout the curriculum:
- Ethics & politics
- Media comparison
- Popular culture
- Identity & participation
- Technologies & communication
If you meet the admission requirements you can start our one-year MA programme at two moments in the academic year: September or February.
Most of the teaching of NMDC takes place in the historic town centre of Utrecht, within walking distance of the city’s well-serviced central train station as well as creative centres such as Medialab Utrecht foundation and Dutch Game Garden, clubs and cinemas.