Why this programme

Media & Creative Industries
Student MCI on campus

What does this study entail?

The media and creative industries have undergone significant change in recent years as a result of digitalisation, internationalisation, and conglomeration, but also under the influence of socio-cultural, political, and economic developments. Think about the emergence of streaming services in the music and television industries, user-generated content in journalism, and the impact of artificial intelligence on creativity at large.

This master specialisation covers the production, organisation, management, marketing and distribution of media and creative products, but also provides you with in-depth insights into how audiences receive and engage with those products.

Is this the right programme for you?

Media & Creative Industries meets the growing demand for academically trained media and creative industry experts who are able to respond effectively and critically to the changing conditions, emerging complex issues, and new opportunities for media and creative enterprises.

This innovative and international specialisation provides you with the analytical and creative skills to start or advance your career in one of the most vibrant sectors of the contemporary global economy.

Furthermore, you will be part of an international, interactive, and engaged classroom.  And you will be supported and guided by a professional, international, and enthusiastic team of lecturers. This enables you to develop a comprehensive, international perspective on the media and creative industries.

Media & Creative Industries by Viktória

Media & Creative Industries by Viktória

Five reasons to study Media & Creative Industries at the EUR

  • Real-world cases, guest lectures, and professional seminar sessions support the interdisciplinary focus of this master specialisation;
  • special attention is paid to presentation, debate, analysis, writing, and research skills in seminars and research workshops;
  • you will be part of an international, interactive, and engaged classroom. And you will be supported and guided by a professional, international, and enthusiastic team of lecturers;
  • the programme's practice-based approach and distinctive focus on the labour market will bring you into contact with a variety of media and creative industry professionals, which will facilitate access to high profile jobs in the media and creative industries;
  • and did we already mention how cool Rotterdam is? Studying in here means studying in a cosmopolitan city. Discover the city's best restaurants, visit the most beautiful museums, or go to world-class events. Living in Rotterdam will never get boring.

A word from our students

Viktoria Vargova

Viktoria Vargova - Student Master Media & Creative Industries

I think that Media & Creative Industries is laying down a solid knowledge base for my future work.
Portrait picture of Viktoria Vargova
I think that Media & Creative Industries is laying down a solid knowledge base for my future work.

After finishing my bachelor’s in international Relations and European Studies and taking some time off to travel, volunteer and work, I realized that I wanted to pursue my Master in a slightly different field. Although I loved what I studied before, I wanted something that would finally allow me to be more creative and connected to the subjects I was interested in. I wanted to pursue a career that was not going to be monotonous and predictable; I wanted something that would challenge me, allow me to be innovative, flexible and in a field that calls for creativity and out-of-the-box thinking.

Tailored to your liking

Erasmus University was a clear choice to me, but the master specialisation Media and Creative Industries exceeded my expectations. Not only do our professors happen to be brilliant and knowledgeable individuals but also the content of the programme can be tailored to your liking. The teaching model asks for us students to be active and assertive, contributing with ideas and discussions. The classroom is as international as you can imagine, and therefore our classes are always intriguing, reflecting the diverse points of view.

Practice makes perfect

There is a lot of writing included, which might seem overwhelming at first, but the reason is clear: practice makes perfect. I can feel that this master specialisation is helping me to improve my skills, whether it is clear and concise writing, critical thinking, mastering the research methods and analysis, or public speaking and teamwork.

Theoretical framework and practical application

Although every course brought me some valuable knowledge, courses like Audience Engagement or Innovation in the Creative Industries present a great combination of a theoretical framework and practical application. We are very free in choosing our topics of interest while working on a research paper or any other project, but we always have rubrics to follow and further guidance from our professors. This programme is already teaching me more than I expected, and I am curious about what is in store for the next months to come.

Solid knowledge base for the future

The ultimate goal after the master specialisation is to have my own online business within the creative field. However, I would love to acquire more practical knowledge in companies dealing with creative processes, design, social matters or the combination of…well, everything. It feels that our options are going to be broad, which fits with a personality like mine that does not want to settle for one path only. I think that Media & Creative Industries is laying down a solid knowledge base for my future work, so I am very much looking forward to seeing what the Netherlands (or the world) has to offer afterwards!

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Renée Backx

Renée Backx - Student Media & Creative Industries

The specialisation touches upon a large variety of aspects of the media and creative industries, each using a very different approach, which makes it very interesting to engage with all the different content.
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The specialisation touches upon a large variety of aspects of the media and creative industries, each using a very different approach, which makes it very interesting to engage with all the different content.

While loving my bachelor of Tourism, there was something missing, the creative part. This part is perfectly presented in the master specialisation Media & Creative Industries. In this specialisation, many subjects that I am interested in are connected, and my creative and critical thinking is constantly triggered. The specialisation touches upon a large variety of aspects of the media and creative industries, each using a very different approach, which makes it very interesting to engage with all the different content.

International and engaging

To me, Media & Creative Industries at Erasmus University Rotterdam really stood out. The student population is highly international, coming from all over the world, which is very nice and gives the master an extra layer, and different points of view on all learning material. The discussions in the seminars are very engaging, so you can constantly learn from each other’s ideas and help and encourage each other in this learning process.

Different electives

Another positive for me, is that you can alter the specialisation to your liking with the different electives. These courses are very interesting and super relevant to practice. The combination of theory and practice is something that is reflected in many courses, the learned theory will be applied to real life assignments immediately. Super interesting!

The range of courses, tools and skills brings a lot of opportunities to build a future career suitable to my interests. I am very much looking forward to what future as a Media & Creative Industries professional will bring for me.

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Annie Nguyen

Annie Nguyen - Student Media & Creative Industries

Media & Creative Industries offers a lot of opportunities for me to be creative, do what I like, and to help me invest in my future career as a design and/or marketing professional.
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Media & Creative Industries offers a lot of opportunities for me to be creative, do what I like, and to help me invest in my future career as a design and/or marketing professional.

I chose this master specialisation because I’ve always been interested in how to be creative in media industries, as well as how creativity can be harnessed and produced. Being part of the Erasmus University Rotterdam allows me to be surrounded by international friends, which allows me to connect with different cultures and mindsets.

From passionate lecturers to amazing classmates

Media & Creative Industries offers a lot of opportunities for me to be creative, do what I like, and to help me invest in my future career as a design and/or marketing professional. What I find most interesting about Media & Creative Industries is how knowledgeable and open-minded everyone is. From passionate lecturers to amazing classmates. So far, I’ve never felt bored in any of my classes. For instance, one of my lecturers could have hours-long discussion about Netflix whilst another lecturer gets excited when he is talks about games. Having such lecturers in a programme not only helps me to learn, but also to pinpoint my own academical interest.

Struggles along the way

However, following a master is never easy. I still encounter struggles from time to time. University-related struggles are normally solvable, but when combining with everything else in life, such as the work, fitness, and social aspects, I often run into time management issues. Solving this matter is easier said than done and I’ve learned this the hard way – different tasks need different priorities and for me, school will always come first.

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Sherida van IJsselmuide

Sherida van IJsselmuide - PR Consultant at Bijl PR

The program has taught me a lot about how media work, how audiences might perceive certain messages and what role digitalization plays.
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The program has taught me a lot about how media work, how audiences might perceive certain messages and what role digitalization plays.

Why did you choose the Master programme Media & Creatieve Industries? Was it a conscious choice for a specific career path? What other factors contributed to your decision?

Coming from a very practice-oriented bachelor programme in Journalism, I was looking for a theoretical deep dive to complement my skills and experience. I completed my study at the age of 21 and knew I wasn’t ready to start working yet. Also, I had no clear idea yet of what kind of career I wanted to pursue. All I knew was that I was interested in many things, and that being a journalist all my life would not satisfy me. In my search on ‘what to do next’, I stumbled upon the Media & Creative Industries pre-master program. It was perfect for me, to both gain more theoretical knowledge as well as to find out what other job opportunities in the media sector would suit me.

Has the Media & Creative Industries programme lived up to your expectations?

It surely did. What I liked most, is that even though it was of course a master program and therefore had a strong theoretical component, the courses were also linked to the daily practice of media professionals. It taught me how to use theory to solve real problems. It was a lot of hard work, but I felt that the programme was the right choice for me.

How long did it take you to find a job after graduation?

Not long at all. I already found a job while I was still completing my master programme.

For which organisation or company do you currently work, and what is your position?

For 1,5 years now I have been working at Bijl PR as a consultant. Bijl PR is a public relations agency, based in the heart of Rotterdam. We build, guard and strengthen reputations for brands, companies and organisations. From corporates to non-profits, and everything in between. We help our clients to tell their story, reach the right audiences and really make an impact with their communications.

How did you find your first job?

By simply applying to an open vacancy I found online. I extended my master programme with an exchange semester at a university in Italy (which I’d totally recommend, by the way). From there, I started my job hunt. Successfully. I found a job in online communications at the University of Utrecht. However, a few months in an opportunity at Bijl PR came by that I could not ignore. For this position, I actually did not have enough experience. I decided to just try and send the director of the agency a message on LinkedIn. He was charmed by this and invited me for a job interview. The rest is history.

What are your most prominent tasks?

My tasks are best summarized as advising our clients on everything related to public relations and communications. I do both strategic and executive work. From creating PR plans and strategies to drafting up press releases, coordinating influencer campaigns, being a spokesperson for media questions and supporting clients with crisis communications. My work is very diverse, and so is the range of clients I work for. This makes it dynamic. My days never look the same. But the diversity and complexity makes it challenging from time to time as well. Luckily, I have a great team and boss, supporting and guiding me when necessary. And having been in this job for some time now, I have learned that those challenges are necessary in order to grow.

Which components of your Master programme are useful in your current position or career trajectory?

My master program helped me in developing a critical attitude, which you definitely need to have when working as a consultant. It is my job to stay calm, analyze the situation thoroughly and guide my clients into the direction that helps them to reach their goals best. On a more practical level, the program has taught me a lot about how media work, how audiences might perceive certain messages and what role digitalization plays in all this. Working in public relations and trying to reach certain audiences via both online and offline media, this knowledge comes in very useful.

Any advice for new graduates?

Do not put too much pressure on yourself to find your dream job right away. Sometimes, a not so great match can be just what you need to push you into the right direction and learn a thing or two about yourself. Most importantly: do never let your fear guide you. And consider starting off at an agency like I did. For me, working at an agency is the perfect stepping stone to gain a lot of valuable experience in the field and learn about my own strengths and interests at the same time.

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Marjolijn Winten

Marjolijn Winten - Alumna Master Media & Creative Industries

Ik vind de commerciële kant van communicatie echt heel leuk
Ik vind de commerciële kant van communicatie echt heel leuk

‘Toen ik een half jaar moest overbruggen tussen mijn Bachelor Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen en de Master Media & Cultuur kwam ik via- via bij Universal Music terecht. Er ging een wereld voor me open en ik ontdekte daar dat ik communicatie, en juist ook de commerciële kant hiervan, echt heel leuk vind.

Ik heb mijn afstudeeronderzoek in Argentinië gedaan en vanuit daar gesolliciteerd. Bij terugkomst deed Warner Music mij een aanbod. Op de avond voor mijn eerste werkdag leverde ik mijn scriptie in, dat sloot naadloos aan. Daarna kwam ik bij Viacom International Media Networks terecht, waar ik nu verantwoordelijk ben voor de marketing van Comedy Central Duitsland/Zwitserland/Oostenrijk. Ik bekijk de programmering en bepaal hoe we bepaalde programma’s gaan promoten. Het is echt marketing in de breedste zin van het woord, heel uitdagend en veelzijdig.

Huidige studenten zou ik aan willen raden om te proberen erachter te komen waar je hart ligt. Ikzelf heb er tijdens mijn studie altijd veel dingen naast gedaan, al realiseer ik me dat dit tijdens de Master best lastig is omdat die pittig is. Maar juist aan die nevenactiviteiten heb ik veel gehad. Probeer je echt zoveel mogelijk naast je studie te ontwikkelen. Zo kom je er ook achter wat je leuk vindt en dan kun je komen waar je wilt komen. Daardoor ga ik elke dag met heel veel plezier naar mijn werk.'

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