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Arts and Culture - Comparative Arts and Media Studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

12 months
15546 EUR/year
1084 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Arts and Culture - Comparative Arts and Media Studies MA programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam focuses on the in-betweenness and crossovers in modern and contemporary visual culture.


These have been intensified with the arrival of digital media and of the 'hypermedium' that arises from the on-screen interplay of words, images, and sounds and through the technological convergences of cinema, television, radio, and digital media. The Arts and Culture - Comparative Arts and Media Studies MA programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers historical and theoretical perspectives on these phenomena while also taking into account real-life developments in the field of museum practices. Our students have had careers in education and research, media companies, and art institutions.

In the second semester (period 4+5+6) you will get acquainted with intermedialities at work in current crossmedial exhibitions while also writing your Master thesis.

Career Prospects

  • The programme Comparative Arts and Media Studies is an internationally oriented course that has close links to real-life practice. 
  • In addition to gaining expertise in theoretical and historical research, you have the opportunity to take an internship that involves research in an area of your choice. 
  • This can prepare you for careers in the fields of education and communication, digital archiving of cultural heritage, or cultural policy and administration. Employers include higher education, museums and art foundations, media companies, events, and corporate businesses.

Promotion alumni sessions Master’s day

During the Master’s day, you can also meet our (international) alumni during several workshops. In these sessions they will tell you more about career opportunities after finishing your Master’s degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Reading Concepts 
  • Transmedia Storytelling 
  • Media Aesthetics
  • Lecture series Arts & Culture 
  • Crossmedial Exhibitions 
  • Deepen your individual scope with electives or internships
  • Design, History and Culture
  • Collecting Curating and Display 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent.
  • The programme is designed for students with an academic Bachelor’s in either art, film, TV, digital media, or (visual) cultural studies. You may also be accepted if you have an academic Bachelor’s degree in another discipline within the Humanities (history, journalism, communication studies, comparative literature), if you have completed a major or specialisation in art, film, television, digital media, or visual culture that is equivalent to a minimum of 30 ECTS. 
  • Create an enrollment application in Studielink
  • Complete your application in Vuweb
  • Pay the application fee (€100)
  • Copy of your valid passport or ID
  • CV
  • 1 or 2 Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Intent
  • Transcript of records
  • Thesis 
  • A description of the relevant courses followed and literature used during your previous higher education

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15546 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15546 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1084 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1084 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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