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! ATTENTION PLEASE ! The programme of study »European Film and Media Studies« will not be continued from winter semester 2017/18. Applications for the programme will not be accepted anymore. We kindly ask for your understanding.

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.


The tri-national master’s programme EFMS emanates from the cooperation of the three universities of Lyon, Utrecht and Weimar. At Bauhaus-University Weimar the programme is hosted by the postgraduate master in Media Culture that has been established by 2006. The new European master’s programme thus follows the tradition of the already existing bi-national bachelor’s programme of European Media Culture that is part of the bachelor studies in Media Culture. Students can apply for the latter since the foundation of the faculty of Media in 1996, the European programme that is funded by the German-French University was installed two years later, in 1998. The cooperation with University of Utrecht is based upon an Erasmus relation that has been maintained since 2002 with ample success.

Weimar: Media Culture

Contribution to the complementary master’s programme by the Faculty of Media in Weimar is realized by courses about film and media philosophy, European studies and image studies. These contain an elaborate explanation of terms of mediality and intermediality as reflexions on the contradictory context of national identities on the one hand and (postcolonial) processes of globalisation on the other hand that encase international movie production with a lasting effect. The analysis and discussion about these networks shall finally lead to a common definition of a European and cultural self-conception which represents itself as an object to post-structural discussions.

Utrecht: Media and Re/presentation

The institute of Media and Re/presentation at the Universiteit Utrecht complements this study cooperation with its emphasis on early film and by dealing with different subjects of film studies such as the domain of film and discourse history. Special attention is paid to the discussion about epistemology and methodology of film studies, embedding them into the field of cultural studies and humanities. Film history is conceived in conjunction with general media history and both are accompanied by reflexions on media culture and media theory.

Lyon: Arts de la Scène, de l'Image et de l'Ecran

The Université Lyon 2 and its institute of “Arts de la Scène, de l’Image et de l’Ecran”, in particular, offers to the eligible master students a consolidation in the domain of film and other scenic arts. The students’ survey of the intermediality of scenic arts represents an extensive scientific background to all further reflexions. EFMS students are familiarized with the aesthetic interpretation of medial texts with emphasis on film, in particular documentary film, both in a methodical and practical way. Another great deal of attention is devoted to the arts of theatre, dance and music during the first semester of European Film and Media Studies. Students discuss the interaction between different arts, terms of intermediality, the difference of film and photography and the reflexion on art in general. Furthermore, a debate about the artistic value of media and the aesthetics of film is scheduled by the EFMS courses in Lyon.

The concept

The master’s programme in European Film and Media Studies develops theoretical and historic paradigms of film and media that conceive and describe the aesthetic, social and technological changes as processes of culture and cultural sense in a unifying Europe. EFMS stimulate the historic and theoretical reason during interaction with media, they intervene in the discussion about media and their design and they thus contribute to the acquirement of media competence. The specific profiles of the participating institutes and faculties in general and the EFMS programme’s concept in particular tend to encompass independent conceptual thinkers with innovation competence.

An analytic reflexion on the aesthetics of film and media and their theoretical or (media-) philosophical dimension of sense, respectively, is aimed at by all three universities. Focussing on film studies, EFMS treat questions of film history, theory and practice, both referred to research literature and the object in question, from a European and Anglo-American perspective. Furthermore, consolidation and development of scientific skills as conception, methods and research are very important targets of the Master in EFMS as well. Especially, national German and French cinema, the European film and media history and specifically German media theory are as much part of the studies’ outline as courses on documentary film and photography.

The special contiguousness of education and research in Weimar, Lyon and Utrecht derives from their particular common mode of conception and thinking of “mediality” in cinema and of examination of different forms of inscription by the cinema itself and throughout its movies. Further important characteristics of the cooperative master’s programme are reflexions on the intermedial twist of different scenic arts and on the term of “medium” and its history as well as the extensive discussion about mediality and intermediality itself.

Career prospects

The research master EFMS prepares students to higher positions in the field of film and media that require a continuant and deep acquirement of knowledge, reflexion competence and the ability of presentation. Graduates of this programme will be able to work in the following areas:

  • culture and education
  • knowledge transfer
  • research
  • medial and cultural criticism
  • editorial work
  • curation
  • consulting service
  • public relations
  • authoring

The Master of Arts in European Film and Media Studies also prepares for post-gradual doctorate studies.