The new Master’s programme in Critical Media Studies offered by the Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design will give students the opportunity to explore a wide range of media forms – from television and radio broadcasting to online social media – while implementing a number of theoretical frameworks, from political economy to cultural studies and more. This interdisciplinary programme will employ approaches, methods and perspectives allowing for diverse media practices in contemporary and global landscapes to be interpreted, explored and analysed.
Students enrolled in the programme will gain expertise in contemporary media production and the industry itself, while also mastering the theoretical tools for analysing media representations of different social groups (class, race, gender, etc.) in Russia, the post-Soviet space, as well as 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 and approximately 20 elective courses. The three core courses provide students a comprehensive overview of the critical media studies landscape and include:
- The Political Economy of Media
- Critical Discourse Analysis
- Media Practices
In addition to the core curriculum, the programme will offer 3-4 short-term seminars each year (each lasting a couple weeks or a couple of months) designed and taught by guest lecturers from leading universities abroad.
Finally, students will design and develop their own innovative research projects under the guidance of leading international 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.
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.