Master in Media Practices

Masters

Media professions are changing. Journalists, communicators, animators, producers and documentarists are becoming closer connected professionally. As the only institution in Norway, Volda University College is offering a Practical Media master's degree, where students from the various media professions meet.

The application deadlines are:

  • March 1st: Applicants with citizenchip and education outside of Norway.
  • April 15th: Applicants residing in Norway with a Norwegian ID number and citizens of EU/EEA countries.  

 Follow the link to find out more about admission to master's program at Volda University College.

  • Full-time
  • Duration 4 terms (2 years)
  • 120 credits
  • Start autumn
    Application date 01.03.2021
  • Admission requirements

    Admission requirements for this program is a completed unversity degree equivalent to a Norwegian Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS), which normally means an undergraduate degree of 3-4 years duration. From this degree, a minimum of 80 ECTS credits (or 1 1/2 year of full-time studies) of course work must be from the field of media or journalism studies, and applicants must have a minimum of 40 ECTS credits from practical courses. Relevant work experience may be used to compensate for this requirement if subjects are within practical fields.

    A good grade point average (GPA) from the Bachelor’s degree is required. For Norwegian applicants this amounts to an average grade of C or better. For international applicants, no set grade point average is required, but the admission committee will review the applicant’s grades in light of the grading system of the university/country in question.

    Applicants must upload links (URL) for your portfolio/show reel. For example to youtube, news articles, dropbox/drive locations, drawings, etc. This must be uploaded with the rest of the supporting documents in your online application. We do not want you to upload your portfolio/show reel due to the possible size of such files and also the danger of file alterations resulting in inferior quality.

    Applicants need to document a high degree of English language proficiency, either through standardized English test such as TOEFL (minimum 80 points overall on the iBT test) or the IELTS (minimum overall score of 6.0 on the Academic test). Applicants who have passed the course in English from Norwegian secondary school and applicants who have completed secondary school in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK and the USA are exempt from documenting their English language skills. Read more about the English language requirement and other possible exemptions on our website.

    Note: Admission for the Master in Media Practice is based on an overall review of the applicant based on the submitted transcripts/diplomas and examples of prior work (portfolio/show reel).

    All documentation must be in Norwegian or English.

  • Study plan

Insights from students

Live Sulheim have a bachelor's degree in graphic design, and started on the media master where she specialized in documentary photography.

I did my internship for MMP at NRK Super (TV-channel for children and youth) and enjoyed it so much! I felt so welcomed by my colleagues, bosses and other interns. In my internship, I develop stories for the news broadcast Supernytt, and I've done everything from editing sound clips of panda babies, to interviewing the fire department about fire safety. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I enjoy every day at work and wish that the internship could last indefinitely.

I did my internship for MMP at NRK Super (TV-channel for children and youth) and enjoyed it so much!

 

I felt so welcomed by my colleagues, bosses and other interns. In my internship, I develop stories for the news broadcast Supernytt, and I've done everything from editing sound clips of panda babies, to interviewing the fire department about fire safety. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I enjoy every day at work and wish that the internship could last indefinitely.

Kishore

As if the contrast of moving from a city with nearly ten million people to the little western village, Volda, wasn’t big enough. Post-graduate student Kishore Gajendra from India takes it even further and is off to live alone in the woods for one whole year.

At the southern side of Rotevatnet in Volda, guarded by the pride of the village, Rotsethornet (649 moh), stretches a narrow trail road up the spruce-covered hillside. A couple of degrees east and down in a tangle of trees and shrubs, it somehow opens up like a pocket inside the otherwise dense forest. The little cottage or “moss hut” is almost impossible to spot and blends in perfectly with its surroundings.

 – Welcome to indian-norwegian gamme, Kishore smiles while he light some small candles which little by little lights up the hut from inside.

On the small table next to us lies an old book he uses to write down his thoughts words that comes to mind. Gajendra used to work as a journalist in his hometown of Bangalore in southern India. After an exchange year at Volda University College in 2015, he fell in love with the small village and decided to return again in 2016. In addition to the master's degree he’s taking in Media Practices, as well as two jobs, he has a special and ongoing project afoot. He is going to live in this little hut without electricity, 200 meters above Volda for a whole year.

 – It's a long way to walk every day and it's going to be hard and tiring at times, but if I manage one year, I think it will make a great experience. In India, I grew up close to nature and the forest, so doing this I guess is just a natural part of me, says the 26-year-old student.

Study content

The programme provides advanced knowledge of the media profession and its narrative forms; and specialized insight into each of the areas of the field, for example journalism, communication, animation, production or design. The master's degree creates a common learning environment for media students, where different fields meet through topics that are relevant to all types of professional performers in the media industry.

Students can choose between two types of master’s level productions:

  • Practical media production combined with a written assignment
  • Ordinary master thesis without production

Volda University College has the largest media education environment in Norway, and has educated professionals since 1971. The college also has a close relationship with the various media industries in Norway and abroad. The programme allows for 8-10 weeks practice in a cutting-edge media company or institution relevant for the candidate and their field, whether this is journalism, communication, animation, production or design.

Read more about the master's degree in the Program description (Study plan).

Internationalization

In the second semester students have the opportunity to study at another institution in Norway or abroad.

Teaching methods and assessment schemes

Teaching is organized in lectures / seminars and workshops. There is an emphasis on individual work with topics related to both own projects and joint teaching assignments.

Language
The language of instruction is English. Students can choose to write assignments in Norwegian.

Professional prospects and further studies

With a master's degree in practical media studies, you get a thorough and specialized education, well adapted to tomorrow’s media landscape. Both courses of study qualify for doctoral programmmes.

Study plan

Master in Media Practices

Program of study: 
Master in Media Practices
Level of study: 
Master
Credits: 
120
Duration: 
4 semesters
Year: 
2020
Number of students: 
30
Type of study: 
Master
Study mode
Full-time
Admission and rating

Admission requirements for this program is a completed Bachelor’s degree of at least 80 credits in media studies or journalism studies. There is a requirement that a minimum of 40 of the credits for the courses taken during the Bachelor’s degree are in practical subjects. Relevant work experience may be used to compensate for this requirement if subjects are within practical fields.

An average grade of C for the Bachelor’s degree is required.

For full-time program students, documented English proficiency equivalent to 80 on the TOEFL test or 6.0 on the IELTS academic test is required. This requirement does not apply to Norwegian students.

About

Media professions are in flux. We see ever closer links and occupational slippage between jobs in the media industry (e.g. journalists, communicators, animators, documentary filmmakers, producers). This disruptive digitalization and convergence creates new challenges for candidates who might fill media professions. However, the convergence does not remove the need for professional specialization. The program therefore does not educate “one-size-fits-all” media practitioners, but rather emphasizes both what unites occupations/professions (like social missions, societal role, rhetoric, narrative technique and communication) and what differentiates them (different positions in society, various work tools, different professional traditions).

Learning outcome

In accordance with the national qualifications framework students shall acquire the following learning outcomes after completion of the course:

Learning outcome knowledge

The candidate will

  • have advanced knowledge in the field of media and specialized insight in a specific area of the field, for instance journalism, communication, animation or design;
  • have thourough knowledge on the social significance of media and the ethical demands directed at those working in the profession;
  • have a thourough knowledge of rhetoric, narration and the forms of communication used in media
Learning outcome skills

The candidate will be able to

  • analyse media topics on the basis of the field’s history, tradition, individuality and place in society
  • locate, analyse and manage different sources of information from a critical perspective, and employ these in order to structure, formulate and complete media products of a high professional standard in his or her area of expertise
  • plan, develop and complete an individual academic project on media in accordance with relevant norms in research ethics
Learning outcome qualification

The candidate will be able to

  • employ his or her knowledge and skills in new areas to complete advanced tasks and projects
  • present an extensive individual body of work and discuss academic issues, analysis and conclusions in the field of media, particularly within his or her area of expertise, with both specialists and the public
  • work independently in practical and theoretical problem solving and contribute to new thinking and innovation processes
Content structure

The programe consists of lectures and seminars, individual and group work. The first week we have a mandatory overnight excursion. Most courses are mandatory, or partly mandatory. Final assesment varies from written exsams, portfolio and home exams. The master thesis are finalised with and oral exam.  

Title: 
Master in Media Practices
Information

Media professions are in flux. We see ever closer links and occupational slippage between jobs in the media industry (e.g. journalists, communicators, animators, documentary filmmakers, producers). This disruptive digitalization and convergence creates new challenges for candidates who might fill media professions. However, the convergence does not remove the need for professional specialization. The program therefore does not educate “one-size-fits-all” media practitioners, but rather emphasizes both what unites occupations/professions (like social missions, societal role, rhetoric, narrative technique and communication) and what differentiates them (different positions in society, various work tools, different professional traditions).

Course2020 Autumn2021 Spring2021 Autumn2022 Spring
15
15
Elective subjects
30
 
15
 
30
 
15
 
15
 
15
 
15
Elective subjects from other master programmes. Due to different admission rules, students have to make a formal application: The application should be sent to Studentsorvis@hivolda.no before November 20th
 
15
 
15
15
Master Thesis, select either MMP313 Project Based Master Thesis or MMP314 Written Master Thesis
1530
 
1530
 
1530
Internationalisation

The first Spring semester

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Paul Bjerke
  • Full-time
  • Duration 4 terms (2 years)
  • 120 credits
  • Start autumn
    Application date 01.03.2021
  • Admission requirements

    Admission requirements for this program is a completed unversity degree equivalent to a Norwegian Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS), which normally means an undergraduate degree of 3-4 years duration. From this degree, a minimum of 80 ECTS credits (or 1 1/2 year of full-time studies) of course work must be from the field of media or journalism studies, and applicants must have a minimum of 40 ECTS credits from practical courses. Relevant work experience may be used to compensate for this requirement if subjects are within practical fields.

    A good grade point average (GPA) from the Bachelor’s degree is required. For Norwegian applicants this amounts to an average grade of C or better. For international applicants, no set grade point average is required, but the admission committee will review the applicant’s grades in light of the grading system of the university/country in question.

    Applicants must upload links (URL) for your portfolio/show reel. For example to youtube, news articles, dropbox/drive locations, drawings, etc. This must be uploaded with the rest of the supporting documents in your online application. We do not want you to upload your portfolio/show reel due to the possible size of such files and also the danger of file alterations resulting in inferior quality.

    Applicants need to document a high degree of English language proficiency, either through standardized English test such as TOEFL (minimum 80 points overall on the iBT test) or the IELTS (minimum overall score of 6.0 on the Academic test). Applicants who have passed the course in English from Norwegian secondary school and applicants who have completed secondary school in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK and the USA are exempt from documenting their English language skills. Read more about the English language requirement and other possible exemptions on our website.

    Note: Admission for the Master in Media Practice is based on an overall review of the applicant based on the submitted transcripts/diplomas and examples of prior work (portfolio/show reel).

    All documentation must be in Norwegian or English.

  • Study plan
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