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.
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.”
“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.”
“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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I’m passionate about initiating debate, encouraging people to reflect on current issues in society. Using digital media to realise that would be a dream come true for me.
After I graduate, I definitely want to work in a media or contemporary art environment. Maybe as a sound technologist, helping people understand about the world.
I’d like to be a journalist, but after I graduate I will have many more opportunities and can expand my scope.
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