Comparative and historical
The international Master’s programme in New Media and Digital Culture builds upon Utrecht University’s many years of experience in researching the impact of technological innovations on audio-visual media. The programme examines new media in their context as present-day manifestations of cultural, social, political, and economic developments that have known similar expressions in different media technologies at different times — all the while recognising that new media demand new and alternative research methods with which to analyse these developments. Our students are well-trained in taking the many different cultural and historical contexts of new media into account. Throughout the programme they are challenged to critically reflect on what exactly is ‘new’ about new media.
Interdisciplinary and international
The Master's programme New Media and Digital Culture uses a broad yet clearly delineated approach, drawing on interdisciplinary perspectives from media studies, communication studies, cultural studies, game studies, philosophy, anthropology, history, art history, gender studies, and political science. Our students come from a wide variety of countries, such as the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, Spain, Greece, Mexico, Indonesia, the United States of America, and Switzerland. Their educational backgrounds range from media studies, sociology, and communication studies, to philosophy, and literature.
You will be given the unique opportunity to test your acquired interdisciplinary skills in the programme’s compulsory research internship. A defining feature of New Media and Digital Culture at Utrecht University, the research internship challenges you to translate theoretical knowledge into everyday practice. This could mean you will help Utrecht media labs SETUP and Impakt create new media festivals, advise Microsoft on changing their internal communication, strategically develop Vodafone’s new social media campaign, or go abroad and work at Vamos or Starlize in Berlin. Have a look at our student-curated website to get an overview of where our alumni have done their internships, and click their connected LinkedIn profiles to see how this has helped them find a job within relevant fields of work.