As part of your electives, you can follow one or more practicals of 7.5 EC (on level 3). You can register for this during the course enrolment period. These are courses with priority rules, so be aware of the shorter enrolment period!  

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Workshops

Workshops offer you the opportunity, as a media and culture scholar, to apply your acquired knowledge and skills in wider society and in the field of media and culture in particular. They often concern an orientation on (part of) the professional practice. You will learn to work on a project independently and/or within a team. 

In addition, workshops help you practice the important skill to communicate orally and in writing about your work with professionals and with other stakeholders in the field. Moreover, all workshops stimulate creativity and efficiency in acting and thinking. All these skills are extremely relevant for your future career.

The Workshop Audiovisual media offers you the opportunity to use your research skills and media studies knowledge for the development of an audiovisual product. The professor determines the theme for the assignment to guarantee that the content is consistent with the themes and research areas of the Department of Media and Culture Studies.

In the Workshop Audiovisual media, you practice skills which are important in the creation of an audiovisual product: research, concept development, script writing, camera work, sound and lighting technology and editing.

In a team, you first produce a short leader based on your own script and soundtrack of your choice. In part two of the workshop, you work on a short audiovisual documentary as final product. As a team you are responsible for compiling a production dossier (including log books and story boards), in which you collectively reflect on your collaboration and the artistic result of your two audiovisual productions.

The Workshop is an intensive course with technical instructions and a lot of group work (e.g. brainstorm, preparation, writing, recording and editing days) outside the formal Seminar times. Therefore, we ask you to be available for this course in the time slots A and D. Teams are formed during the first seminar, in consultation with the participating students.

The Workshop Interactive Storytelling offers you the opportunity to use your research skills and media studies knowledge for the development of an interactive audiovisual narrative. In this workshop, you practice skills that are important in the creation of interactive storytelling: research, interactive concept development, camera work, editing and web design.

You will develop and implement a concept making use of software for interactive narratives (e.g. Korsakow, Dreamhost, Scalar, Twine, Wordpress). You are free to choose a subject, as long as it is audiovisual in nature, ranging from a media historical to a contemporary topic.

For the creation of the narrative, you can use archival and recorded material. In addition to video material, photographs, graphic designs and written documents, interviews, music and other soundbites can be used. You will get technical instructions, both online and on site.

As a team you are responsible for compiling a production dossier, in which you collectively reflect on your collaboration and the artistic result of your interactive product. The Workshop is an intensive course with technical instructions and a lot of group work (e.g. brainstorm, preparation, writing, recording and editing days) outside the formal seminar times. Therefore, we ask you to block timeslots A and D for this course. The teams for the productions are formed during the first seminar, in consultation with the participating students.

Data play a growing role in our society; humans and machines generate more and more data that are stored better and are more often available. This data supply, combined with innovative research methods offers fascinating possibilities for researchers and students. Utrecht Data School (UDS) is a research platform and a course that offers an inside in the possibilities and the risks of data research.

UDS brings together students and researchers from different disciplines, experts in the field of data analysis and speakers from different organizations where data practices play a role. By doing so, we try to show the different sides of working with data and allow students to learn from these disciplines. You experience what it’s like to work on data projects and learn based on practical examples how to reflect on the decisions they face in your own research.

During the UDS Practicum I, you are trained to work with the latest tools for data research. In ten weeks, you are trained to work with these tools, reflect critically on data practices and make analyses and visualizations. During the course, you work on a portfolio that demonstrates their data skills. 

After completing the UDS Practicum I, you can follow UDS Practicum II. 

Data play a growing role in our society; humans and machines generate more and more data that are stored better and are more often available. This data supply, combined with innovative research methods offers fascinating possibilities for researchers and students. Utrecht Data School (UDS) is a research platform and a course that offers an inside in the possibilities and the risks of data research.

UDS brings together students and researchers from different disciplines, experts in the field of data analysis and speakers from different organizations where data practices play a role. By doing so, we try to show the different sides of working with data and allow you to learn from these disciplines. Furthermore, you experience what it’s like to work on data projects and learn based on practical examples how to reflect on the decisions you face in your own research.

In UDS Practicum II, you learn to set up a data project of your own. This second Practicum introduces a few new skills (network analysis, text analysis) and asks you to apply the skills from Practicum I. Practicum I is required for participation of Practicum II.