The moving image , the film, is one of the most distinctive and formative cultural achievements of modernity. It has become not just an art form, but a form of knowledge, indeed a form of life. For this reason alone, it is important to make film - in the broader sense as a differentiated set of moving images - to understand and explore. In the last few decades, the moving image has once again changed and multiplied significantly - not only due to its digitization - and it is still in a state of upheaval. For example, it has spread immensely, far beyond its traditional milieu, the cinema. It now runs on all kinds of screens, including movable and very small screens. Platforms such as YouTube and streaming services of all kinds have already increased the number of moving images rapidly. Movie has differentiated into a multitude of local and minority film cultures. The worldwide distribution and exchange of moving images from completely different globally distributed media cultures has resulted in a new, multi-perspective relationship between film cultures.
At the same time, film is still regulated by global, hegemonic aesthetics and norms (such as Hollywood ) and subject to monopoly-like technical protocols. These changes also affect the forms of production and circulation of film , and this is accompanied by a change in the aesthetics and epistemology of images and new image practices in dealing with moving images. Moving images and imaging processes are also playing an ever increasing role in science itself, but also in areas such as design techniques, in education and in health care
In the first two semesters, you will focus on two large project modules: “Film Cultures - Extended Cinema”, a basic module for Film Cultures and a freely selectable study module from the range of the Master’s degree in Media Studies. The third semester serves to deepen a self-selected focus from media studies, cultural studies or film cultures. The last semester is used to write your master’s thesis. After successfully defending your master’s thesis, you will receive a “Master of Arts” degree in media studies from the university with a focus on the chosen study program “Film Cultures - Extended Cinema”.'
The master’s degree qualifies in particular for further (media / humanities) scientific research work and for further academic qualification within the framework of a doctorate or a PhD course.
The study program "Film Cultures - Extended Cinema" also opens up career prospects in areas in which film, moving images of all kinds, image-related and image-based knowledge and image competence, as well as multi-perspective cultural competence are extremely important. This includes mediation activities at museums and educational institutions, curatorial and editorial activities, advisory and entrepreneurial activities, conceptual, planning and implementation work for cultural institutions and festivals, NGOs, cultural administration and politics, public relations and new forms of photo journalism.
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