Film and Television Studies


Our contemporary society is increasingly image-driven and oriented, hence being characterized by a screen culture that is omnipresent. The specialisation in Film and Television Studies explores the societal role of this screen culture by introducing the students to theory on, analysis and practices of audiovisual media products in society.

The student acquires insights into the functioning of audiovisual media from the following perspectives: political economical, cultural, policy, with a heavy emphasis on (inter)national, historical, social economical and cultural aspects of film and television. Furthermore, students experience the practical dimension of film and television production by means of visits to the public broadcaster or through contacts with experienced professionals and hands-on training.

This specialisation is supported by the Centre for Cinema and Media Studies (CIMS) and prepares independent and critically-minded image professionals who are capable of working on an academic level in the broad audiovisual media sector.

Obligatory courses

  • Film History and Aesthetics:
    This course aims at introducing the field of film history and audiovisual (screen) culture, emphasizing the history of film aesthetics and film historiography. The central idea is that film, as an art and communicative practice cannot be understood outside its societal context.
  • Practical Training: Audiovisual Media:
    This course familiarises students with the laws and practicalities of audiovisual production in view of media research, media planning or media production through own experiences and under the supervision of experienced professionals. In small groups, students are guided through the entire production process, including the pitching, screenwriting and editing of an own audiovisual project..
  • Film and Television Studies:
    This course is set up as an advanced introduction to recent research and theoretical approaches within the broad field of film and television studies.
  • Master’s dissertation

Elective courses and internship

Courses such as ‘Media and Gender’, ‘Comparative Literature’ and ‘Marketing Management’ give students the chance to customize their programme based on the own interests. This allows the student to select courses that deepen their (academic) knowledge or are related to relevant domains such as image analysis and marketing. In addition to this, the student can also opt to do an internship within the broad audiovisual media field.

Labour Market

Graduates in Film and Television Studies are often employed by broadcasters or media companies that are involved with the production, distribution and exhibition of film and television products.. Outside of the media sector, employers in the cultural sector, education or in research are also often looking to hire our alumni.