In the early 1990s the Department of Media and Communication was one of the first higher education institutions in Hungary to offer a program in Media Studies. Initially, the program provided professional training for the new generation of journalists in the young democracy. Later, our curriculum gradually shifted its emphasis to the interdisciplinary study of contemporary culture and media phenomena.
Today the Department is Hungary’s leading institution in the field of Media Studies. The Department has been consistently ranked as first in national academic rankings based on research, teaching quality and career opportunities.
The Department regularly organises conferences, workshops and public debates to address the most important – sometimes exciting, other times alarming – developments in contemporary media and culture. Students have had a significant role in initiating and organising these events.
Faculty members of the Department of Media and Communication come from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, including media studies, sociology, cultural studies, literary studies, art and philosophy. The department has a vivid research activity and staff members work as editors of prominent journals in their fields, board members of cultural funds and as consultants to cultural projects. The Department also hosts a computer, radio and television lab, where students are assisted by professional staff.
The campus of the Department of Media and Communication is located in downtown Budapest. The campus hosts a wide selection of facilities, including a Library, sports facilities, a canteen, a pub, a garden and an open-air sculpture park.The Institute has a computer lab, digital video and radio studio for teaching and experimenting. Stuff member and students have access to the University Library, the Department’s book collection and the library of the Central European University.
The studio’s major function is the technical service of the three departments (film, media and communication, aesthetics) of the Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies, operation of the devices used in the lectures and seminars; support of the teachers’ and the students’ works.
EPER Radio (Első Pesti Egyetemi Radio)’s primary function is to support the Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies’ work by providing technical devices used in the lectures and seminars and supporting the work of the teachers and students. EPER Radio actively produces podcasts and radio shows, holds seminars and develops shows. EPER is always open for new ideas and collaborations.
The master's degree prepares you for a high-level of intellectual activity and scientific careers. For those who want to work after completing their training, the media and communications industry offers a wide range of employment opportunities. The training also prepares you to continue your studies at the doctoral level.
Those who choose the specialization in communication and media studies will become professionals with a thorough social science background, who will orient themselves in the medialization processes that can be considered a crucial issue of contemporary social phenomena, research and teach them independently as lecturers or researchers.
The communication and media specialist specialization trains professionals with a social and humanities background and practical skills who work in various fields of the contemporary media and communication industry as leaders, editors, programmers, international project managers, communication experts, media consultants, specialist journalists.
This program is recommended to applicants who are interested in the social sciences, contemporary public life, society and culture, and the social and cultural role of the media and new technologies. Those who like to write and read a lot, who like to participate in teamwork, make their own productions.