The master’s degree in Digital Culture and Emerging Media aims to provide students with advanced training to analyse the various social and cultural phenomena surrounding digital media, and to develop their own projects in this field through basic or applied research or research linked to the practice. The master’s degree, which is conducted in English, examines emerging media and techno-cultural trends, and proposes a comprehensive and critical understanding of digital culture from the media studies perspective, exploring the complex relationships between society, technology, communication and the media. In addition to the possibility of going on to do a doctoral programme and deepening their theoretical knowledge of the digital world, the master’s degree will also enable students to enrich their creative and professional skills in the field of communication and interactive digital media.
The master’s degree in Digital Culture and Emerging Media mainly targets students in the field of communication (audiovisual communication, journalism, advertising and public relations [PR]); but, at the same time, it is designed with a view to its potential interest for students in the fields from social sciences (e.g., sociology), students of art and the humanities, and ICT studies. (Students coming from studies that are not in the field of communication will have to take bridging courses).
The master’s degree in Digital Culture and Emerging Media targets both students who wish to pursue a research career in academia and those who wish to make their way professionally in the field of interactive digital communication, whether students or employees in this sector (or some other) interested in renewing their skills related to digital media or gaining further knowledge of it, through the master’s degree. With regard to the former case, the programme will prepare the student to receive solid training in research, which will allow them to progress towards doctoral studies. In the latter case, the following are some of the areas in which graduates are expected to be able to exercise their profession: research and consultancy in business and institutional centres; information and communication in digital and interactive media; creation of narrative, artistic and entertainment content in the field of digital and interactive media; design of digital products and interactive experiences; cultural management and content curation in digital media; education and training for different types of audiences, concerning digital culture and new media.
Official undergraduate degree/diploma or equivalent, if you haven't finished your studies a signed declaration of obtaining your degree before the commencement of the master's programme. Qualifications can be in the following academic areas: social sciences, such as Communication, Sociology or Political Sciences) or in the field of Art and the Humanities, or in the field of ICT. (Students coming from studies that are not in the field of Communication will have to take bridging courses. These bridging courses will be adapted to the student, if the student holds or not a minor or postgraduate in Digital Communication, Multimedia Design or similar).
Academic transcript of the accredited official training with the average grade at the university of origin.
If the diploma or the academic transcript are not written in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese or Italian, you will also have to include the respective sworn translations into Catalan or Spanish.
Curriculum vitae in Catalan, Spanish or English.
Statement of purpose (motivation letter or video) in English, explaining the candidate’s interest in enrolling on the master’s degree programme (in the case of video, approximately 4’ in length)
English level B2 of the CEFR or equivalent. Applicants from countries in which English is the official language will be exempted from this requirement.
Twoletters of academic or professional recommendation
In order to optimise the treatment and security of the recommendation letters, the candidate will have to request those via the online application system, where he/she will need to indicate the e-mail adress of the person/the persons he/she wishes to be recommended by. That person will receive an e-mail indicating that the candidate wishes a recommenation letter from him/her. The letter will be uploaded by the referee in the online application system. Non-institutional addresses such as *yahoo, *gmail, *hotmail, etc... will not be accepted.
Proof of at least three years’ work experience in a field related to the subject area of the master’s programme.
Proof of at least one year of research experience.
Proof of teaching experience.
The following assessment criteria will be applied in the candidate selection process (max. 10 points):
Academic transcript (max. 3 points).
Curriculum vitae (max. 2 points): consideration will be given to professional, academic or research experience in the field of the social sciences, communication, humanities and design/digital arts.
Cover letter (max. 2 points)
Letters of recommendation (max. 1 point)
English level C1 of the CEFR or equivalent (max. 1 point)