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Archival and Information Studies (Media Studies)

Dual Master
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The one-and-a-half-year Dual Master's programme Archival and Information Studies focuses on contemporary archival theory and practice, training students in the science and craft of recordkeeping, and providing insight into the archives of the past and future.

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Master's Week: 18-24 Nov
Master's Week: 12 -16 Feb
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Archiving the everyday

The computational turn has fundamentally changed the way people and institutions produce, use, collect, share, and store information. Data is the vital fuel for a growing number of applications in daily life and has become a fundamental human resource, similar to food, energy or transportation. The result is a fragmentation and personalisation of data creation and data use.

What are the implications of these developments for information management and recordkeeping? How to make sure relevant information remains accessible throughout time? How does a data-driven culture transform the application of societal values such as transparency and privacy? And how to keep the archives of the past connected to the needs of the present? How to design more inclusive archival infrastructures which give a voice to underrepresented groups of the past and the present? These questions are central to the Dual Master's in Archival and Information Studies.

Archival and Information Studies
What does this programme entail?

In this video a teacher and a student of the programme explain in 5 minutes how this programme is structured and what the unique aspects are.

Unique programme in the world

Close collaborations with organisations in the field

Internship of one semester

Perfect preparation for your career as an archival specialist

Why study Archival and Information Studies in Amsterdam?

  • The Archival and Information Studies programme is unique in the world, due to its combination of in-depth study of critical issues and practice-based learning, its international orientation, and its broad outlook.
  • You will have the chance to study different types of recordkeeping from the moment information is created with a strong focus on archival infrastructures, records-management, preservation, use, re-use, legal issues.
  • The programme collaborates with a range of national, regional and local organisations with an international focus.
  • Through an internship the programme offers you the unique opportunity to develop your practical experience in one of these organisations, for example, at the National Archives of the Netherlands, The Hague; International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam; The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum; The Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam; or national & local government agencies. This internship allows you to get acquainted with the practices and challenges of recordkeeping and archiving in the 21st century, and apply the specialist knowledge and theoretical reflection of your coursework to a professional context. 
  • The programme collaborates closely with the Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image programme (also part of the dual Master’s in Media Studies cluster), meaning you will have access to the shared expertise of both programmes while also enjoying track-specific, small-scale, specialist teaching.
  • By following this collaborative programme, you will be prepared for a professional career in a number of related areas such as, for instance, recordkeeping, collection management, preservation, or presentation. You will become familiar with the present-day reality of different types of archival institutions, which are increasingly concerned with comparable issues of access, use and sustainability.

After graduation

The Dual Master's programme in Archival Studies prepares you for a career in the world of archiving in the broadest possible sense. As a graduate of the programme, you will be qualified for research/policy-related, coordinating and strategic consultancy professions.

Degree certificate

Archival and Information Studies is a programme of the accredited Master's degree programme Media Studies. Upon successful completion of this programme you will receive a legally accredited Master's degree in Media Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

With an additional 30 ECTS in the field of history, law or public administration, students can obtain the Archivistiek A certificate which is required for some positions in the Netherlands.

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Degree programme
MA Media Studies
Regular study programme
90 ECTS, 18 months
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