The English-speaking Master’s programme Critical Media Studies explores modern and contemporary media forms – from television and cinema to online social media – and how they shape societies, cultures, economics and politics. It encourages critical and interpretative methodologies associated with text analysis, political economy, cultural studies, visual culture and media ethnography. The programme employs approaches, methods and perspectives allowing for diverse media practices in contemporary and global landscapes to be analysed, highlighting issues surrounding class, gender and ethnicity.
Students enrolled in the programme will gain expertise in the analysis of contemporary media production and consumption, while mastering the theoretical tools for reading media representations of different social groups in the wider global context. With a goal of enabling students to develop their critical, analytical and research skills, the programme curriculum includes three required core courses, research seminars, internships, seminar organizing and more than 10 elective courses. The three core courses provide students a comprehensive overview of the critical media studies landscape and include:
- Critical Political Economy of Media
- Text Analysis Analysis
- Culture, Media and Research
Several courses and classes are designed and taught by guest lecturers from leading universities abroad. Finally, students are encouraged to design and develop their own research projects under the guidance of experts in the field.
Graduates of the programme will be well suited for careers in media or cultural institutions, academia, and the government sector, including as it relates to content creation, consulting, and directing in media and cultural organizations.
Assistant Professor at the School of Media. Academic Supervisor of the programme.
Panos Kompatsiaris received an Mphil in Visual Culture (2010) and a PhD in Art Theory (2015) from the University of Edinburgh. He has published articles in journals and collective volumes on art biennials, work and artistic labour in the creative industries, representations of working class and ethnic minorities in film, art and populism, celebrity activism and monster theory. He is the author of The Politics of Contemporary Art Biennials: Spectacles of Critique, Art and Theory (Routledge, 2017) and co-editor of the volume The Industrialization of Creativity and its Limits (Springer, 2020) and the Special Issue 'Crafting Values: Economies, Ethics and Aesthetics of Artistic Valuation' (Journal of Cultural Economy). He is currently working towards a monograph on curating in media economies.
Assistant Professor at the School of Media
Yiannis Mylonas received a Master's degree from the University of Bath, and a PhD from the University of Copenhagen. Prior to his employment at the HSE School of Media, he has worked as post-doctoral researcher at the Media and Communications Department of Lund University in Sweden, and has taught at Copenhagen University and at Lund University. He has published peer reviewed articles and book chapters on issues related to discourse and frame analysis of news media representations of war and economic crisis emphasizing on media constructions of “otherness”, historical memory and social media, the political economy of copyrights, civic cultures, and political subjectivity, among others. He is the author of the book «The “Greek Crisis” in Europe: Race, Class and Politics» (2019, Brill).
Associate Professor at the School of Media
Olga Baysha earned her MS in Journalism from Colorado State University and PhD in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Previously, she worked as a news reporter and editor in Kharkiv, Ukraine, then as an editor-in-chief of a documentary production company in Kyiv, Ukraine. Her research centers mainly on political and cultural aspects of globalization with an emphasis on new media and global social movements for justice and democratization. Dr. Baysha is especially interested in analyzing inherent anti-democratic tendencies of the discourses of Westernization employed by post-Soviet social movements. Dr. Baysha is the author of two monographs: "The Mythologies of Capitalism and the End of the Soviet Project" (2014) and "Miscommunicating Social Change: Lessons from Russia and Ukraine" (2018). Her research has also appeared in such leading international journals as Critical Discourse Studies, European Journal of Cultural Studies, International Communication Gazette, International Journal of Communication, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of Multicultural Discourses, etc.
Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design. Head of the School of Media. Member of the HSE Academic Council
Received a PhD from the Stendhal University, Candidate of Sciences (PhD) in Journalism at the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Prior the academic career he worked as a journalist in BBC MPM project. Author of the article «New and old institutions within the Russian media system».
Admission to the Master's programme in Critical Media Studies is based on the results of a portfolio competition. Prospective students must submit the following materials to be considered:
- Personal statement
- Research statement
- Academic references
Instruction takes place in English, and knowledge of Russian language is not required. Applicants with an undergraduate degree from an internationally accredited university are considered, and priority is given to those with background in media and communication studies, journalism, design, cultural studies, critical theory, anthropology, art theory and adjacent disciplines.
More information about the application process can be found here.