European Film and Media Studies, M.A.

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As part of the master’s degree programme Research Master in Media and Culture, the Faculty of Media in cooperation with the Université Lumière Lyon 2 and the Universiteit Utrecht offers students the opportunity to earn a tri-national master’s degree in European Film and Media Studies. This programme, financed in part by the Deutsch-Französische Hochschule (DFH), focuses on the media dimension of historic and aesthetic processes which contribute to creating a European culture. The film-studies component of the programme examines the European perspective of film history, film theory and film practice.


Course contents

Due to the specific profile of the participating institutions and the unique concept of the European Film and Media Studies programme, students are trained to become independent concept designers equipped with innovation-making skills. Consequently, the curriculum aims to deepen and expand the students’ scientific abilities in such areas as concept-building, methodology and research. Students gain expertise in German and French national cinematography, European film and media history, and specifically in German media theory, as well as documentary film and photography to a lesser degree.

The master’s degree programme European Film and Media Studies focuses on the following areas:

  • Media and Cultural Theory/History
  • Media Philosophy
  • Cultural Technologies
  • Film Studies, Film History, History of Film Discourse
  • Aesthetic Analysis of Media Products with a concentration on Film and Documentary Film
  • European Studies

Students begin the programme in Lyon, spend their second semester in Weimar and their third in Utrecht. All students return to their own universities for their fourth semester to write the master’s thesis.  

The standard period of study for the master’s degree programme European Film and Media Studies is four semesters. After successfully completing and presenting their master’s thesis, students are awarded a “Master of Arts” (MA) degree from the Faculty of Media of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and a “Humanités et Sciences Humaines” master’s degree from the Université Lumière Lyon 2.