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The Weimar understanding of the term media goes far beyond mass media. In addition to the Internet, television and books, there is a wide variety of media science subjects: animals, screens, games, laboratories or streets - all of these are things that are worth exploring in our everyday student life. In Weimar we are interested in cultural and social design processes that not only take place with the media, but also become possible through the media. With this in mind, you will expand and deepen your academic skills in the Media Studies master’s course and develop your own critical-analytical research profile. Because this is what we at the Bauhaus University Weimar attach particular importance to. 



The courses offered in the Master’s degree in Media Studies cover the following areas:

  • media science basics (media theory, media history)
  • Media philosophy
  • History and theory of media worlds
  • History and theory of cultural techniques
  • Image theory and moving image research
  • Media sociology
  • Archive and literature research
  • History of science


In the first semester you will get to know the authors, theories and media concepts relevant to the course. Above all, however, you will practice the media science perspective on phenomena and formats in our immediate and indirect environment.

You can also choose between study modules and projects from the fields of media studies and cultural studies. In line with the Bauhaus tradition, the faculty offers project studies: A combined format of lectures and seminars in small groups that enables you to study in-depth with a focus on content. You can choose from the range of our professorships and design your own schedule. A stay at one of our international partner universities is also possible and desirable. " Learn more

Central to teaching in the Media Studies Master’s degree is a living culture of open thinking, characterized by original and unconventional approaches and methods: group work, film essays, excursions, cinema visits, e-learning and a lively culture of discussion are part of the study practice. " Learn more

In the fourth and last semester you will attend a colloquium that will scientifically accompany the development of your master’s thesis. You can freely choose your thesis topic: The professors attach great importance to promoting your individual research profile and also support you in the context of individual consultations. After successfully completing and defending your master’s thesis, you will receive the “Master of Arts” degree from the university.



  • Specialized scientific knowledge as well as analytical and independent thinking in dealing with products, processes and structures in media and culture
  • Current knowledge of media and cultural research in the humanities
  • Independent, scientific way of working
  • Qualification for a doctorate / research activity
  • Presentation and research skills
  • Organizational and conceptual skills
  • Critical reflection on historical and current everyday phenomena
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary manner at interfaces with different actors

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