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Media and Culture Studies
Bachelor of Arts (Integrative study programme)

Short description

Short description

Media and Cultural Studies are concerned with the interaction of mediated processes of communication and socio-cultural orders, dealing with central topics such as media history, media theory and media analysis. The B.A. programme imparts methodologies for examining the cultural transfer of media and correlations of technology and culture as well as their politicization, drawing from a vast array of scientific subdisciplines such as Film Studies, Acoustic Studies, Popular Culture Research, Game Studies, Digital Studies, Gender Studies and Performance Studies. This broad theoretical framework allows for a diverse range of approaches to current as well as historical media phenomena and the development of innovative research questions. Aside from seminars, lectures, and practical courses offering insight into various occupational fields, special emphasis is placed on the conceptualization and realization of self-developed projects like exhibitions, movies or sound collages. In order to enable self-study and Blended Learning, the programme’s portfolio is complemented by digital services.

Entry/Admission requirements

Higher education entrance qualification (Allgemeine Hochschulreife), interest in the reciprocal condition, structuring and impact of media and culture(s) as well as the capacity for abstraction.

Programme content

The programme commences with a coordinated introduction to the study areas media, culture and aesthetics. The second semester offers courses on individual disciplines of cultural media studies such as film studies, aesthetic theory and performance studies as well as job-oriented practical courses, such as creative writing and film / video production. Additionally, in the second and third semester courses on comparative and intercultural media culture studies are being taught.

In the third semester, the module "Media, Everyday Life, Society" contains classes on gender studies, media materiality and everyday media. In the lecture series "Media and Cultural Professions", possible occupations are presented by guest lecturers from industry, art and culture. In the fourth and fifth semester, media ethics and research methods dominate the curriculum, as well as the analysis of specific media forms and networks. In addition, students participate in further practical courses, especially in the areas of Internet journalism, new media, radio and public relations.

A significant part of the degree programme is the joint conception, planning and execution of a project work. To enable projects in the field of radio and video, the faculty has a professionally equipped media laboratory. Practice-oriented research is promoted by close co-operations with media, theater and art institutions in the region, such as the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, the tanzhaus nrw, the NRW Forum, the museum kunst palast, the Forum Freies Theater (FFT) and the Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf.

During the lecture-free period, the completion of a twelve-week internship is required. Knowledge of at least two modern foreign languages (German excluded) needs to be attested at the end of the programme. For this, students can attend advanced language courses taught by the university's language center. During the programme, students have the option of spending time at one of our partner universities abroad or at another location. Well-maintained partnerships exist for universities in Ankara, Davis (USA), Reading (GB), Istanbul, Lisbon, Louvain-la-Neuve, Nantes, Neuchâtel, Seville, Thessaloniki, Utrecht, Linz and Vienna, among others.

Programme structure

Programme objectives/Career prospects

Possible occupational fields include: journalism, editorial work, dramaturgy in theater, film, screenplay, film and film marketing, television, music, cultural and event management, publishing, advertising and PR industry, radio, museums, galleries, dance and concert halls, festivals, cultural public relations and media consulting.

Programme start:
Winter semester
Programme duration:
6 semesters
Language of instruction:
German (partially: English)
Application procedure:
Local admission restrictions - DoSV
Closing date for applications:
by 15/07/2024
Closing date for enrolment:
lt. Zulassungsbescheid
Closing date for re-registration:
01/07/2024 - 15/08/2024
Relevant documents:

Examination regulations

Module guide

Both available in German only.

Study programme contact:

Dr. Björn Sonnenberg-Schrank

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