Masters

Master in Media Practices

Full-time

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.  

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

Closed for application

Application code(s) : 4391

Insights

Kishore

One year under the moss

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.

Kishore

One year under the moss

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.

Info and deadlines

Duration 4 semester (2 år)

Credits 120

Start Haust

Deadline 15.04.2019

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), further down on this page.

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 a 1-page motivation letter stating why you wish to study in this programme and what you expect/hope to get from this opportunity. This motivation letter should also refer to links (URL) for your portfolio/show reel. For example to youtube, news articles, dropbox/drive locations, drawings, etc. The motivation letter 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, examples of prior work (portfolio/show reel) and the motivation letter.

All documentation must be in Norwegian or English.

 

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.

Contacts

For questions about admission:
Student service, tlf. +47 70 07 50 18
or e-mail

Academic questions:
Paul Bjerke

Particular diciplines:
Animation: 
Trygve Selnes Nielsen

Media design: Synnøve Amdam

Media production: Dag Roland

Journalism or documentary: Paul Bjerke

PR, communication and media: Kristian Fuglseth

Study plan

Master in Media Practices

Program of study: 
Master in Media Practices
Level of study: 
Master
Credits: 
120
Duration: 
4 semesters
Year: 
2019
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

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

The candidate

  • can analyse media topics on the basis of the field’s history, tradition, individuality and place in society
  • can 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
  • can plan, develop and complete an individual academic project on media in accordance with relevant norms in research ethics
Learning outcome qualification

The candidate

  • can employ his or her knowledge and skills in new areas to complete advanced tasks and projects
  • can 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
  • can 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).

Course2019 Autumn2020 Spring2020 Autumn2021 Spring
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Elective subjects
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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
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Master Thesis
1530
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1530
Internationalisation

The first Spring semester

Ansvarleg
Paul Bjerke