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Media and Culture

The study of media and culture has two main entry points.

The first is the study of the culture of media, including the practices of production, the programming formats and the cultural forms such as genres. Media production and consumption are continually changing and challenged with the advent of new media, where there are new mobile screens, media formats, users and cultures of commodification and control.
The second entry point is the study of media in culture, from the contents of cinema, home and urban screens to the software and apps on mobile devices and tablets.

Media and Culture encompasses film and television studies as well as comparative media studies. Film Studies is currently engaging with the transformative shifts in both the materiality as well as the screening of cinema. Television and cross-media culture addresses the radical transformation of popular media in the age of mobility, second screens, participatory culture, and global distribution. Comparative Media Studies brings together film, television and new media through such topics as the mediatization of everyday life and the rise of the creative industries.

For Media and Culture three clusters of upcoming priority areas for research and teaching are emerging: media archaeology (with ties to preservationist and research-based archives of the moving image), television and cross-media, with an emphasis on the creative city and a comparative media studies that focuses on datafication across media.

Film Studies and Television and Cross-media Culture both offer one-year MA degree programs. There is additionally an 18-month professional MA in the Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image.