This research Master's programme in Media, Art and Performance Studies is an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented research-based programme which offers an advanced training in academic research skills appropriate for today's highly dynamic and interdisciplinary field of media, visual arts and performance. The research Master’s is aimed at excellent students from both the Netherlands and abroad, who have a background in the history and theory of contemporary art, or media and performance studies.

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Emerging media, art and performance

As a student of this programme, you will be introduced to and specialise in new research areas and methodologies, necessary for investigating emerging media, performance and contemporary art forms within today's rapidly changing culture. In relation to this you will also reflect on the role of the Humanities in both academic and public debates.

Central concerns in the programme

  • the role and meaning of (visual) media in a mediatised society, inter- and transmedial practices in theatre, dance, film, television, digital media and visual arts 
  • spectator- and usership, the performative turn in contemporary arts and media
  • technology, materiality and corporeal literacies
  • game, play and activism
  • changing institutions, mobile and/or location-based media, urban interfaces, navigational screen-based practices
  • art and media ecologies

Research questions

In this programme you will reflect on questions such as:

  • How have media developed from the time of early cinema up to current new media art?
  • How has the definition of 'live' changed alongside these mediatised cultural forms?
  • How has the performative turn changed the ways we think about audiences?
  • How do media technologies facilitate new methods of self-staging and social performance?
  • What is the influence of media and technology on way we curate and educate in museums and archives and other cultural institutions.
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A comparative media approach

This programme adopts a comparative approach to the analysis of emerging media, contemporary art and performance practices, as well as to the relationship between these media and artistic practices within a wider culture in transition.

A focus on processes of emergence and transformation

Specifically, in line with contemporary discussions and debates in media, arts and performance studies, the programme investigates the field with a focus on processes of emergence and transformation, dealing with questions raised, amongst others:

  • the digitisation and increasing mobility of our cultural environment
  • the proliferation of new technologies and new platforms
  • a persistent presence of more traditional (artistic) media and technologies
  • an increasing datafication of culture

Art in relation to media and performance

Unique in its profile is the programme’s focus on contemporary art in relation to media and performance, which entails the examination of principles of creation, curation (including exhibition and staging), and collecting and archiving across these fields. Examples of topics are:

  • history of new media art
  • performativity and the visual arts
  • hybridisation in and of art and performance
  • staging and restaging of art exhibitions

ICON research institute

This programme is firmly anchored in research conducted by the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) at Utrecht University. The Faculty of Humanities combines strong expertise in historical research into local, regional, and global media practices with theoretical research into concepts of performativity; embodiment; visuality; media literacy; intermediality/transmediality/crossmediality; participation; data visualization; mobility; urban culture.

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After graduation

Alumni of the Media, Art and Performance Studies research Master’s have been successful in obtaining PhD positions in various prestigious international programmes. Graduates also find their way to other job markets. 

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Admission

Media, Art and Performance Studies is a selective Master’s programme. Do you want to find out if you are eligible for this Master?

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Key facts

Degree: 
Media Studies (research)
Language of instruction: 
English
Mode of study: 
Full-time
Study duration: 
2 years
Start: 
September
Tuition fees: 
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time) 2022-2023: € 2,209

Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee) 2022-2023: € 17,500

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Croho code: 
60832
Accreditation: 
Accredited by the NVAO
Faculty: 
Humanities
Graduate school: 
Humanities