Executive Master Media Innovation in 1 year (Hilversum)

In close cooperation with international partners, NHTV has developed the executive master in Media Innovation which provides you with in-depth knowledge of digital media processes and bridges the gap between theory and practice in media studies.

Focus

The guiding principle of this programme is that successful media innovations are often not brand new, but rather, they build on existing, recognisable elements. These elements, codes, are the building blocks that can be found in any media product. In this master, we shed light on these building blocks from different theoretical perspectives. And, once you understand the codes behind a media product, you can make new connections. This is how you arrive at new concepts that are innovative and future-oriented.

Unique approach

The programme has a unique, multidisciplinary approach. Not only will it train you to acquire analytical skills, teach you to look beyond the surface of digital media and distinguish crucial digital processes, but it will also teach you to transform analytical insights into the building blocks by means of which you can design tomorrow’s media products.

For whom?

The executive master in Media Innovation is especially designed for media industry professionals. We also welcome lecturers from Universities of Applied Sciences who obtain a master's degree and who are teaching in either (multi) media, communication, ICT or another area related to the media industry. You need to have at least 5 years of equivalent experience. 

Degree title

This master's programme is accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). Graduates will receive the official degree title of Master of Arts.

Why study Media Innovation in Hilversum?

  • It is the first and only Accredited Master in Media Innovation in the Netherlands;
  • Tuition fee of only € 2,060,- (details on tuition fee); therefore easy assessable for small media companies, start ups and independent entrepreneurs;
  • Numerous top industry partners acknowledge the value of the digital grammar and support and recommend its development;
  • The programme offers a multidisciplinary approach, a unique combination of theory and practice; transforming an integral academic approach (theory) into directly applicable building blocks (practice) for the design of digital media;
  • An international team of lecturers from across academic and commercial communities in the field of digital media;
  • Close cooperation with international (academic and industry) partners;
  • This master programme is accredited by the NVAO, the Dutch-Flemish accreditation organisation. Graduates receive the official degree of Master in Media Innovation.  

Media Innovation is a unique master’s programme in the Netherlands and therefore it can not be compared with similar study programmes. In the Nationale Studentenenquete 2017 the results of the study programme are compared with the national average of other master’s programmes of universities of applied sciences in the sector economics. 

Admission Requirements

If you want to apply to this executive master's programme, you should have

  • a bachelor’s degree in the field of Business Administration, Media Studies, Communication Studies, ICT, or another media-related field. Applicants with equivalent industry experience will also be considered.
  • 5 years (at least) of equivalent industry experience;
  • proficiency in English (IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge certificate or a Dutch havo or vwo diploma);
  • strong analytical skills, be creative, innovative and resourceful, and be fully conversant with the media world.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview.

According to Dutch law, non-EU students are unfortunately not permitted to attend a part-time or executive study programme in the Netherlands. That is why we would like to refer you to our full-time study programme.

Programme

Every day, people in the commercial media industry aim to design creative and original media products that are profitable, technologically refined, and that engage their audiences in completely new ways. This means that media products are much more than just creative ideas. They are the result of a collective effort in which knowledge about ICT and programming, media theory, communication studies, marketing and business is linked together.

Innovation

Innovation in the creative media industry is a hot topic in many countries. Up until now, however, there is a persistent gap. Innovators have not yet been successful in establishing an integral academic approach that is directly relevant to the digital media industry. In close cooperation with international partners, NHTV therefore has developed this executive master's programme, which will bridge the gap between theory and practice in digital media studies.

Focus

The guiding principle of this programme is that successful media innovations are often not brand new, but rather, they build on existing, recognisable elements. These elements, codes, are the building blocks that can be found in any media product. In this master, we shed light on these building blocks from different theoretical perspectives. And, once you understand the codes behind a media product, you can make new connections. This is how you arrive at new concepts that are innovative and future-oriented.

Theory as a design tool

Next to the delivery of top class post-graduates, the purpose of this executive master’s programme Media Innovation is to give media professionals the ability to ‘bring something new into use’. In their final project, students will develop, prototype and (pre-)produce media innovations. To enable this, NHTV has built up an international network of researchers and media professionals demonstrating the ability to put original ideas into use within their respective fields of knowledge.

Course details

The executive master in Media Innovation is an international study programme with lecturers from across academic and commercial communities in the field of digital media. The programme has a unique, multidisciplinary approach. Not only will it train you to acquire analytical skills, teach you to look beyond the surface of digital media and distinguish crucial digital processes. But it will also teach you to transform analytical insights into the building blocks by means of which you can design tomorrow’s media products.

The executive master's programme Media Innovation covers 12 months. It comprises:

  • four themes (44 ECTS) 

    • Business models
    • Media theory
    • Media technology
    • Research & communication studies

  • industry case (3 ECTS)

Study Costs

Tuition fee

Due to a grant from the Dutch government, the tuition fee is € 2,060,- for students who:

  • have the Dutch nationality or the nationality of another country that is part of the EEA, or the Surinamese or Swiss nationality and
  • have not already obtained a master's degree from a government-funded programme in the Netherlands at the start of the academic year.

If this does not apply to you, the tuition fee is € 11,784.

Tuition fee regulations NHTV Breda

Additional costs

Apart from the tuition fee you should take into account:

  • the costs of textbooks, readers, study trips, a laptop, food and beverage

How do I apply?

You have decided on a course of study, now it’s time for you to apply. Please ensure that you submit your application as early as possible.

The application consists of three steps:

  1. registration in Studielink, the national administration system for higher education in the Netherlands
  2. apply via the NHTV Online Application Portal
  3. interview

Outcome

Student Office will contact you with the outcome of your application as soon as possible.

Questions?

For further assistance with the application procedure you may contact international.office@nhtv.nl.