Master's programme - 2 years - Trondheim

Film and Media Studies

People in a cinema theatre. Photo.

Media shape how we see the world. We encounter other people through social media and discover new worlds through cinematic fiction. Understanding media and media culture is arguably more important than ever. Do you want a deeper understandig of how the film medium or other media shape society today? Do you want to meet other students who are passionately interested in film and media? The new masters’ programme in Film and Media Studies offers you the opportunity to explore media culture, technology and aesthetics through a range of taught specialist subjects and independent work under the supervision of some of the leading media scholars in Norway.

What will you learn?

The MA programme in Film and Media Studies focusses on visual and audiovisual media, their cultural contexts and aesthetics. The course frames visual media and media technologies within contemporary debates and will develop your insight into the variety of ways in which media operate.

Central topics of study include the histories of film and visual culture, their development and significance. You will be introduced to relevant research methods and theories for identifying, investigating and understanding new phenomena in media culture, and working with these tools you will be able to develop independent projects in your chosen field.

You will also further develop skills in the critical evaluation of sources, the structuring and articulation of sound arguments, and through the writing of your MA thesis you will learn how to plan and execute a major independent project of your own devising. Depending on which area of study you choose to specialise in, you will acquire a high-level qualification in either film studies or media studies.

The MA thesis

According to your own interests you may choose to write your MA thesis on fiction film, documentary film,  photography, advertising, social media, media technology, or any other suitable topic within film and media studies.

The MA programme is a two-year course. In the first year you take a set selection of courses, which will equip you with the necessary skills to undertake your MA thesis project. Two new compulsory modules in communication skills and cultural politics will provide relevant preparation for working life after university.

The independently written MA thesis is submitted at the end of the second year of study. Read more about the MA thesis and see examples of earlier projects within film studies and media studies.

Contact information, Department of Art and Media Studies

Visiting address:

NTNU Dragvoll,  Building 8, level 3 and 4
Trondheim N-7491 Norway

Postal address:

Department of Art and Media Studies
Trondheim N-7491 Norway