Master

Media Studies: Digital Cultures

Digital technologies have transformed the ways we share and distribute information, understand the past, interact with each other and spend our leisure time. The digital world has changed the terms of engagement in areas as diverse as politics and culture: while it can function as a force for good in democratising participation, production, and sharing, it can also be exploitative, introducing new forms of control and surveillance. As the digital world pervades all aspects of our lives, traditional media and analogue culture are being reshaped in new and complex interrelationships. The master's programme in Media Studies: Digital Cultures (MS:DC) combines theory and reflection with praxis and making. It will provide you with a wide skill set in digital tools and research methods to become both a media researcher and an active player in today’s digitally-mediated world.

Lena Reichel, Student Ambassador Media Studies: Digital Cultures 2023-2024

Why Lena decided to choose this programme:
“I noticed that I like social media, and I like analysing social media, making reports to show how people react to certain types of posts. Digital Cultures teaches us about how social media affect our current society. I want to gain deeper knowledge about how digital media influences our daily lives and our behaviour.

Some of the practical parts are great too. It may sound strange, as this is a digital media programme, but we often work with analogue media equipment. It is interesting to work within certain limitations. For example, with a Polaroid camera, you only have ten photos per cartridge. This makes capturing moments more unique, and the photos can’t be shared a quickly as with a smart phone. It teaches you to appreciate the things you make.”

Lena's background:
“Before the master’s I did the bachelor Arts and Culture at FASoS. I also have a degree in event management. During my internship, I worked for an AI-powered start-up database for sustainable business and green technologies. I was mainly in charge of their social media content creation and strategy. I helped to increase their followers, but I worked on creating meaningful engagement as well.”
 

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Lena Reichel

“In the master’s programme Media Studies: Digital Cultures I learn to use design tools and enhance my writing skills. I’m looking forward to doing my internship at the Maastricht Museum where I’ll do research to contribute to improving digitalisation of the museum.”

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Pre-master's programme

If you do not satisfy the admission requirements of this Master's programme you may be able to enrol in a Pre-master's course year. Check out the Pre-master information and learn more about the programme, the courses and the requirements.

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On the blog for the MA in Media Studies: Digital Cultures at Maastricht University we share the research projects from our students and staff, share news, and document our events. It also provides insights into our student’s learning journeys during and after the MA programme. 

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