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Media Studies: Film Studies

Universiteit van Amsterdam

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The Master's in Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam is a unique one-year programme that offers a theoretically rigorous engagement with the field of film studies and visual culture.

Film Studies is situated within the internationally ranked Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam, which brings together renowned scholars from a variety of media and theoretical perspectives.The programme approaches the study of film as a multi-faceted phenomenon, one that plays a vital and ever-changing role in contemporary digital media culture.
The programme invites students to engage critically and creatively with the field through a series of core courses in film-philosophy, media archaeology, and (trans)national and global audiovisual practices. Students also take part in intensive research seminars that explore specialized topics related to the expertise of the core film faculty. These seminars address both classic and cutting-edge subjects, ranging from neuro-aesthetics, ethics, affect, fashion, body, and the politics of gender and identity, to classical film theory, multimodal metaphor, and the cinematic city.
With its many festivals, its rich cinematic tradition, its archives, museums and cultural institutions, Amsterdam offers the perfect setting for this programme.

Please note, the Master's in Film Studies is not a Master's in Film Production.


2018 Full-time Institutioneel € 12025 / jaar
2018 Full-time Internationaal € 13225 / jaar
2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar


The Master's programme Film Studies is not a Master's in film production. Students who complete this programme gain a thorough theoretical understanding of the various facets of cinema.


The Master's in Film Studies comprises 60 ECTS-credits:
* 30 credits for core courses
* 12 credits for electives
* 18 credits for a Master's thesis
The specific number of credits a student is required to obtain through coursework is determined by the admissions committee and is based on the student's previous qualifications. Fulfilment of all the requirements will take at least one year.

instruction modes

- Seminars and tutorials with supervision by specialists devoted to the in-depth study of a variety of topics.
* Supervised individual research resulting in a thesis.
* All classes are taught in small groups, with a maximum of 20 students.

job perspective

The Research Master's programmes offer an excellent opportunity for students interested in pursuing a PhD degree in these fields. Students with a Master's degree in Film Studies are usually able to complete a two-year Research Master's programme in one year.


The MA programme in Film Studies provides the student with recognised qualifications for pursuing a career in diverse sectors of cultural life such as education, arts administration, festival programming and electronic media.

tuition fee

Tuition fees are adjusted annually. For up-to-date information, please see www.uva.nl/collegegeld (Dutch students) or www.uva.nl/tuition (international students).

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 12 maanden
Type MA (Master of Arts)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MA (Master of Arts)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 60