Master Thesis Comparative Arts and Media Studies

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Doel vak

1. Knowledge and understanding: The student is able to systematically
and expediently collect and interpret information on a self-chosen
subject in the interdisciplinary field of Comparative Arts & Media
Studies. He or she is able to read, understand and analyze academic and
other complex texts. In this way, the student acquires demonstrable
knowledge and understanding that go further and deeper than the level of
the Bachelor’s programme and is capable of making an original
contribution to the development and/or application of ideas.
2. Applying knowledge and understanding: The student is able to apply
knowledge, understanding and problem-solving skills in new or unfamiliar
environments within a broader context that relates to Comparative Arts &
Media Studies. He/she is able to integrate knowledge and to deal with
complex material.
3. Making judgments: The student is able to discern general themes and
make connections which are meaningfully supported by a wide variety of
primary and secondary literature and primary sources where relevant.
He/she is able to independently, critically and honestly formulate and
defend a position.
4. Communication: The student is able to present a complex problem
clearly and concisely in written or spoken form to an audience of
Comparative Arts & Media specialists and non-specialists.
5. Combination of the above: The student is able to write a scientific
paper in clear, effective and academic language and to deliver it within
an agreed period.
6. Learning skills: The student possesses sufficient learning skills to
tackle further studies that are largely self-directed or autonomous in

Inhoud vak

The programme of Comparative Arts & Media Studies culminates in the
Master’s thesis, which gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your
research skills and your competence as a critic. The thesis shows your
ability to develop relevant research questions, to systematically
gather, select and interpret information, to create a theoretical
framework, and to argue a case in an independent, objective and
responsible manner. The Master thesis is related to the Master's
programme and is supervised by one of our academic staff. A second
reader reads the final version as well.


Colloquium and individual supervision.


The thesis trajectory is well spread up over the Master's year. A first
preliminary meeting is mostly held by late October. First setups are
expected mid-December and discussed with staff before Christmas.
Official working plans & contracts are handed in the end of January.
Around late March/ early April formal presentations will be held.
Complete first versions are handed in between early to mid-May
(depending on supervisors), final versions mostly late June.

Vereiste voorkennis

Successful completion of the course Transmedia Storytelling L_ZAMAACW018
is a requirement for being allowed to start with the thesis trajectory.


For the manual of the Master Thesis and additional guidelines: see
VU-net. The course also makes use of a Canvas site.


Master Students Comparative Arts and Media Studies.

Overige informatie

Proposals unrelated to the Master will not be accepted, neither will be
papers below or over the Faculty maximum of words. Writing proper
English is required.

Algemene informatie

Studiepunten 18 EC
Periode Ac. Jaar (sept)
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. I.L. Blom
Examinator dr. I.L. Blom
Docenten dr. I.L. Blom
dr. J.I.L. Veugen
prof. dr. G.E.E. Verstraete
dr. S. Scholz

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