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MA European Media Studies

Fachbereich Design
Studierende an Computern in einem Medienraum

The Master's program in European Media Studies is a cooperative program of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and the University of Potsdam. The program combines aesthetic-theoretical and cultural-historical knowledge with practical media technology and design. Fundamental questions about theories, histories and manifestations of the medial are combined with conceptual strategies. Reflecting on and with media promotes research that independently merges theory and practice.

Degree:
Master of Arts
Type:
Full time
Course language:
German
Standard study period:
4 semesters
Start of study:
Winter semester
Application deadline:
until 01.06. at the University of Potsdam
Admission requirements:
First professional university degree
Credits:
120 ECTS credits
Module Manuals & Regulations
The Study

One master, two universities!

Studentin schaut in einer Lehrveranstaltung auf ein Dokument

The Master's degree in European Media Studies provides perspectives on cultural and media studies, taking into account current research. The focus is on questions of media theory, media aesthetics, and media art, as well as on investigations of concrete media configurations, strategies, and media cultural history. A comprehensive overview of the methods and history of media theories and media cultures will be developed. In the sense of the European idea of transnational connections, this is transnationally oriented, but does not remain limited to Europe in its international perspective. Explicitly and in the awareness that Europe is constituted in exchange, interaction and also conflict with other regions, European Media Studies transcends territorial and cultural boundaries, pursues media studies issues on this side and beyond European traditions, and thus enables a critical examination of European history and the present. 

The profile of a transdisciplinary and cross-university approach, which is unique in the German university landscape, consists in the close interweaving of theoretical reflection and analysis with practical media design and conception. Here you will be taught to expose theoretical positions (as aesthetic research) in practical work, to reflect on these positions yourself in projects, and to proceed in the same way with the media practices of theoretical work (such as writing). Characteristic of the European Media Studies program is a high supervision ratio between teachers and students. During your studies, you will have access to audio, video, and photo studios, to computer and editing labs, and to the largest computer game collection at a German university.

For more information, visit the Website of the EMW program

Is this degree program a good fit for you?

In the Master European Media Studies you will be enabled to deal independently and critically with media and cultural theories as well as to realize your own media projects on an advanced level. The Master's program thus responds to the flexibility of the job market in the field of media, to the high expectations for independent creative work, and to the permanent change in the contemporary media landscape. One of the most important components of the program is the critical analysis of various issues in the fields of media, culture, art, and history. You should therefore bring with you an interest in researching, arguing and discussing. During the course of your studies you will work independently in a research-oriented manner, but experimental work in small groups is also part of the everyday study routine of the Master's program in European Media Studies. 

Contact

The colleagues of the Student Counselling Service inform prospective students, first-year students, parents, teachers and students on all general questions about the study. For specific questions and concerns about the degree program, please contact the Student Counselling Service for European Media Studies.

Student Counselling Service University of Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Heiko Christians
University of Potsdam
European Media Studies
Institute for Arts and Media
Campus Neues Palais, House 1, Room 1.01.111

+49 331 977-4171ne:
heikochristians@t-online.de

Inquiries and appointments please by e-mail.

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Weitere Studiengänge
Degree program Teaching language Start of study Application deadline
MA Design German Summer semester, Winter semester
15.06. – 15.08. und 15.02. – 15.03. (NC program).
Registration for the qualifying examination: bis 15.06. für das Wintersemester / bis 15.12. für das Sommersemester
MA European Media Studies German Winter semester
until 01.06. at the University of Potsdam
Career Prospects

Career Prospects

In response to the permanent changes in the media landscape, the Master's program in European Media Studies provides advanced competencies in the analysis, conception and criticism of the media. During your studies, you will be enabled to independently and critically engage with media and cultural theories and to realize your own media projects at an advanced level. This will enable you to confidently meet the flexibility that this work environment demands, as well as the high expectations of independent creative work in your everyday professional life.  

Perspectives in the field of media

The study of European Media Studies imparts the theoretical and practical fundamentals that are relevant for work in the following professional fields:

  • Publishing and print media (feature, media-specific and scientific programs)
  • Radio and television (editing, conception and criticism)
  • Internet and hypermedia (online editing)
  • Curatorial work (festivals, museums)
  • Editing for media aesthetic fields (film and video production)
  • Public relations and marketing
  • (international) cultural management
  • Media production (format development and format analysis)
  • media services
  • independent media production and services

Prospects in the field of science and research

The Master's program in European Media Studies provides a good foundation for scientific research-oriented work in the academic field across the entire spectrum of media research. There is the possibility to follow up with a doctoral program.

These degree programs might also interest you

Weitere Studiengänge
Degree program Teaching language Start of study Application deadline
MA Design German Summer semester, Winter semester
15.06. – 15.08. und 15.02. – 15.03. (NC program).
Registration for the qualifying examination: bis 15.06. für das Wintersemester / bis 15.12. für das Sommersemester
MA European Media Studies German Winter semester
until 01.06. at the University of Potsdam
Study Contents

Course of Studies

The standard period of study for the full-time European Media Studies program is four semesters and concludes with a Master of Arts degree.
 

1st  Semester Compulsory modules
2nd – 3rd semester Compulsory modules, interdisciplinary supplementary studies
4th semester Research colloquium, master thesis


The focus of the two-year master's program is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to view media processes according to criteria of cultural conditionality and general media strategies. Learn more about the Study structure of European Media Studies majors.

Study Contents

For a detailed description of the course contents, study plans, and descriptions of individual modules of the European Media Studies program, please refer to the subject-specific regulations of the University of Potsdam as well as in the lecture catalog of the program.

Teaching Formats

The knowledge transfer in the research-oriented degree program MA European Media Studies takes place in lectures as well as seminars. In addition, students can work independently in projects.

  • Seminars 
  • Projects 
  • Lectures 
  • Colloquia 
  • Excursions 
  • Project weeks

Mandatory modules

  • Medium and mediality
  • Configurations of the analog and the digital
  •  Visuality, narrativity and performativity
  • Media design
  • Nonlinear storytelling
  • Medial environments

Interdisciplinary supplementary studies

  • Intensification depending on the area of interest for individual focus

Project work

The aim of the project module is to develop and carry out initial small research projects or independent projects.

Thesis

During the last semester, you will write your master's thesis and will be guided in the process by a research colloquium. 

Contact

Student Counselling Service University of Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Heiko Christians
University of Potsdam
European Media Studies
Institute for Arts and Media
Campus Neues Palais, House 1, Room 1.01.111

49 331 977-4171
heikochristians@t-online.de

Inquiries and appointments please by e-mail.

Application & Enrollment

Application

Application and enrollment is done through the University of Potsdam. Please note the program-specific requirements.

Contact

Contact for application

University of Potsdam
Secretariat of European Media Studies
Am Neuen Palais 10
Stephanie Rymarowicz
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam

New Palais, House 1, Room 1.01.208
49 331 977-4160

Contact

Student Counselling Service

Student Counselling Service of European Media Studies University of Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Heiko Christians
University of Potsdam
European Media Studies
Institute for Arts and Media
Campus Neues Palais, House 1, Room 1.01.111

49 331 977-4171
heikochristians@t-online.de

Inquiries and appointments please by e-mail.