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Emerging technologies and practices in transition

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.

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.

Inspiring teaching and research environment

In this age of selfies, datafication, (self-) staging and re-staging, and playful learning, you will examine how various media, art forms, and performance have been used for critical analysis, civic engagement, entertainment and educational purposes. You will do this by asking how digital technologies, dramaturgical and artistic strategies alter ways of dealing with knowledge production and distribution, and how these transitions have contributed to and also ask for new methods of research. Read more about our teaching and research environment, including our teaching staff.

After graduation

  • You are trained as a researcher within the field of Media, Contemporary Art and Performance Studies, to either prepare you for a PhD position or for other research-oriented positions.
  • You have acquired knowledge of the history and the state of the art in media, visual art and performance practice and research, as well as insight in current public, academic and critical debates.
  • You know how to employ an intermedial and historically informed comparative approach for studying emergent media, art and performance practices, and how to use and develop research methodologies related to this perspective.
  • You have the skills to critically investigate relations and transitions in the field of media, art and performance and are trained to communicate research outcomes.
  • You can effectively communicate theoretical insights that will contribute to the field, as well as having broader social and cultural relevance.
  • You can reflect upon the social and ethical implications of developments within the field of media, art and performance and contemporary humanities research.

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. Read more about career development and possible career prospects.


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

  • Profile picture Francine van Beusekom, RMA Media, Art and Performance Studies
    "By connecting research to current events, you become valuable both in and outside the academic world."
  • Profile picture Zowi Vermeire, RMA Media, Art and Performance Studies
    "If you go to Utrecht, be prepared to be challenged, to take responsibility for your own research, to be independent and above all to remain curious."


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MA
  • Master's degree in: Media Studies (research)
  • Programme: Media, Art and Performance Studies
Accredited by the NVAO
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2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
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  • Dutch & EU/EEA students: 1 June
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
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