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MA in Arts and Culture - Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media




What will I learn?

Are you fascinated by the emotional and cognitive effects of films? Do you love studying documentaries and the contributions cinema can make to discussions of climate change?

Then the Master’s track ‘Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media’ is the right one for you. Within a year you can acquire a Master’s degree from one of the Top 100 universities in the world—and you will do so in the city with the youngest population in the Netherlands. An internship in film, television, or other media is part of the program as well.

In ‘Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media’ you will work closely with our international faculty, who will initiate you into the latest theoretical debates in film and media studies. You will learn to work with state-of-the-art approaches such as phenomenology, film-cognitivism, ecocriticism, film-philosophy, digital film forensics, and experimental media archaeology.

Our track is unique in its combination of research-driven seminars and the extensive networks on offer for the internship. With an internationally recognized faculty and well-established connections to film and media institutions, this program will be attractive to students who want to deepen their knowledge of film and pursue a career in the arts and media sector.

Why study this programme in Groningen?

  • stimulating international student environment with a lively cinema-going culture;
  • theoretically strong department working on the latest developments in audiovisual culture;
  • wide range of courses on cognitive film theory, film-phenomenology, media-archeology, narratology and documentary theory;
  • team of motivated international staff members collaborating across national and disciplinary boundaries;
  • Film Archive & Media Archaeology Lab (embedded in the University) with links to international networks of film archives, museums and media labs.

Job prospects

Alumni of this track have found jobs in a wide array of fields

  • Event and collection management in film and television museums (Eye Film Institute, Sound and Vision)
  • Film curating, (freelance) film and art reviewing, newspaper and magazine journalism (Filmkrant)
  • Film festival organizing and programming (Movies That Matter, IDFA, NFF, IVA, Flicks, Kino Klandestino, Zienemaan, etc.)
  • Practical film-making

There are other employment possibilities such as a position at a media company or in the advertisement and commercial field. Prior students have also begun their own successful arts organisations, advice bureaus, or research institutions in the field of arts, culture, and event organisations.

Beyond these, we are particularly proud of our success rate in acquiring PhD grants.

Job examples

  • Film critic
  • Cultural Journalist
  • Media Curator
  • Film Archivist
  • Researcher
  • Art Event Organizer

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
€13,500.00 (US$ 14,238) per year
Application deadline

Expected June 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2023


University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,


9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Bachelor's degree. Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

For international students

Bachelor's degree in Arts, Culture and Media or in a related field, such as:

Arts Philosophy

Arts Sociology

Arts Policy





Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for a maximum of 1 component). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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