As one of two Masters in the Media Studies Programme at Utrecht University, New Media & Digital Culture (NMDC) offers a stimulating environment in which students develop an extensive vocabulary on the meaning and impact of digital technologies, and are guided to become the critical citizens, journalists, researchers, teachers, writers, 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.
Our enthusiastic international team of scholars offers a research trajectory that consists of courses, individual teaching modules and extra-curricular activities such as guest lectures, seminars and conferences. Our courses investigate diverse phenomena such as games, social media, data visualizations, software, mobile technology, and digital music.
We encourage students to engage in a study of new media technologies in their specific social, cultural, and political contexts. Depending on that context, 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 are critically combined.