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Study catalog

Basic information

Language of instruction

Polish

Duration

3 years

Faculty of Humanities

Katowice

Education profile: General academic

ECTS guidebook

Description

Offered major: New Media

When is the major chosen: after the 4th semester, the students can select seminars and major classes out of several within the common degree programme

Foreign language courses offered: English

Frequency of sessions/classes for part-time students and days of the week when classes are held: 10 meetings per semester (2 days in each), selected Saturdays and Sundays

Characteristics of the Programme:

Media Cultures is an interdisciplinary field of study focused on multimedia studies, contemporary communication processes and new competences related to digital media and the so-called participation culture. The course combines elements of social, political and cultural history, the theory of culture, media and communication, as well as visual arts and cultural practice in the field of new media and communication through them, and the knowledge of the close relations of this issue with technology, traditional arts and forms of communication, anthropology of culture, aesthetics, the art of the word and mass spectacles. The study program presents issues related to various generations of media and different cultures. It allows you to understand the changes in culture under the influence of new technologies, shows trends in the development of media genres and media communication, provides the basis for working in the media and the creative industry.

Major characteristics:

During the first-cycle studies in new media specialization, each student participates in classes that integrate knowledge in several program blocks: 1) history (social and political history, history of the humanities and history of various arts) – the classes provide basic knowledge for studies on multimedia and contemporary communication processes; 2) theory (theory of culture, broadly understood media and communication phenomena, theory of various arts); 3) multimedia (knowledge about forms, types and typologies of electronic media, their social and professional contexts of use, and connections with other fields of science, technology, cultural trends and non-cultural processes); 4) new communication competences (understanding the behaviour of new media users in various communication situations and cultural contexts, understanding different practices in the field of the so-called participation culture); 5) technological transformations of everyday life (knowledge and practical skills in the field of networks of cultural phenomena: technology – communication – consumption, cyberculture – creative practice – social life and game – ritualization – new linguistics).

During selected seminars, accompanied by specialization and workshop classes, students prepare bachelor's theses, and after passing the diploma exams, they obtain a bachelor's degree in media cultures. The study program includes access to new media and communication technologies, to the most valuable and up-to-date scientific research and popular science works devoted to this subject, and to new media workshops. Attractive classes are conducted by highly specialized scientists, art creators and professional multimedia users, in an atmosphere that favours both the individualization of the didactic process and the shaping of social attitudes, motivation and professional skills.

Career prospects:

Media cultures graduates have the knowledge, skills and competences that enable them to work in media and in creative industry, as well as in cultural or administrative institutions that require awareness of the functioning of media and new technologies and a general cultural knowledge. They may be hired in interactive and advertising agencies, electronic media, art agencies, non-governmental organizations, media cooperation departments, PR and marketing agencies, cultural institutions, companies and institutions dealing with the organization of mass events, social media departments in companies and culture departments of public administration. Graduates may also undertake their own activity in the field of media consulting and cultural animation or in the field of diagnosing the sources of cultural problems. They are also prepared to supervise projects related to the protection of cultural heritage and to undertake independent initiatives in the field of cultural animation.

Others, important information for candidates:

During the course of studies, each student completes a 100-hour internship in an independently selected media institution that suits their interests. Internship may be completed in traditional or electronic media institutions, a cultural institution, an artistic agency, or a company dealing with broadly understood cultural production and media education, cultural animation and organization of mass events.

Students of media cultures have also the opportunity to broaden their interests within the framework of dynamically operating scientific clubs. In addition to standard forms of activity, such as: organization of workshops and meetings, participation in symposia and scientific conferences, publishing their own works, students have the opportunity to participate in domestic and foreign field research. Participation in the clubs gives you the opportunity to meet interesting people of culture, participate in interesting scientific trips and gain experience in the field of cultural animation.

Admissions criteria for candidates with "new" Polish maturity exam (issued after 2005)

For candidates with NEW MATURA EXAM

Polish language

written

(basic or advanced level*

weight: 100%

* Basic level result multiplied x 1.0

* Advanced level result multiplied x 1.5

The more favourable result for the candidate is taken into consideration.

Admissions criteria for candidates with "old" Polish maturity exam (issued before 2005)

For candidates with OLD MATURA EXAM

Grades in the Matura exam in Polish language will be converted to percentage points in the following way:

Matura exam until 1991

Matura exam after 1991

5 – 150%

4 – 120%

3 – 75%
 

6 – 150%

5 – 130%

4 – 110%

3 – 75%

2 – 40%

International Baccalaureate

  • The candidate who obtained the International Baccalaureate diploma, issued by the International Baccalaureat Organization based in Geneva, are subject to the same admission rules as holders of “new” Polish maturity exam. The results on the diploma of International Baccalaureate are calculated according to the following indicators:

IB Diploma

Standard level

Higher level

7

100%

100%

6

86%

85,71%

5

72%

71,43%

4

58%

57,14%

3

44%

42,86%

2

30%

28,57%

1

0%

14,29%

In case the candidate does not submit the International Baccalaureate diploma, for the sake of qualification, the candidate is obliged to submit the certificate about the IB result issued by the appropriate institution and present the IB diploma immediately after its reception.

NOTE: If the admissions criteria for the programme assume additional entrance exams for the holders of “new” Polish maturity exams, the following factors are concerned during the qualification: result from IB diploma calculated according to the scale above and the results of the additional entrance exam.

European Baccalaureate

The candidate who obtained the European Baccalaureate diploma, issued by European Schools in accordance to the Luxemburg Convention of 21 June 1994 about the European School status, are subject to the same admission rules as holders of “new” Polish maturity exam. The results on the diploma of European Baccalaureate are treated as results of the extended “new” Polish maturity exams and are calculated according to the following indicators:

EB exam

“new” Polish maturity exam

9,00 ÷ 10,00

100%

8,00 ÷ 8,95

90%

7,00 ÷ 7,95

75%

6,00 ÷ 6,95

60%

5,00 ÷ 5,95

45%

4,00 ÷ 4,95

30%

In case the candidate does not submit the European Baccalaureate diploma, for the sake of qualification, the candidate is obliged to submit the certificate about the EB result issued by the appropriate institution and present the EB diploma immediately after its reception.

NOTE: If the admissions criteria for the programme assume additional entrance exams for the holders of “new” Polish maturity exams, the following factors are concerned during the qualification: result from EB diploma calculated according to the scale above and the results of the additional entrance exam.

Secondary education certificate, or equivalent, obtained outside of Poland

The candidate who has obtained the secondary school graduation certificate (or another document) issued outside Poland may apply for studies. The document has to entitle the holder to undertaking Bachelor studies in the country in which the document was issued.

For candidates which are Polish citizens or apply for studies on the same rules as Polish citizens, the admission procedures defined in the programme’s description apply.

Foreign candidates applying for studies on other basis (tuition-paying, tuition-free, scholarships) are accepted for studies under regulations other than noted in the admission criteria. 

If programme’s admission criteria require mark in Polish language :
The candidates applying as Polish citizens or on the same rules as Polish, which finished secondary education outside Poland, will have the mark of that country’s language taken into account instead of Polish language mark.

In the case of candidates who have a secondary school-leaving certificate or other document authorising them to take up 1st cycle studies or long-cycle studies issued abroad, the grades in the document authorising them to take up studies in the country of document issue are taken into consideration. Additionally, WKR may take into consideration the grades in external exams in the countries where such exams are conducted, e.g.: result of CT exam in the case of Belarus, result of EGE exam in the case of Russia, and result of ZNO exam in the case of Ukraine. The results of these exams shall be regarded as equivalent to Polish advanced Matura exam.

Note: If programme’s admission criteria under “new” Polish maturity exam include additional entrance exams the results of BOTH entrance exam and secondary school graduation certificate are considered.

Fees for education

Tuition fees in academic year: 2022/2023

Payment for semester

Tuition paid in full

PLN1,950.00

Tuition paid in 3 installments

  • PLN693.00
  • PLN693.00
  • PLN714.00

Payment for semester
for foreigners applying for studies on tuition-paying basis

To be announced

Semestral fee will be announced at a later date.

Contact

Faculty's contact details

Faculty of Humanities

ul. Uniwersytecka 4
40-007 Katowice
32 200 93 18

https://us.edu.pl/wydzial/wh

kultury.mediow.wh@us.edu.pl

Contact for foreigners

International Admissions Office

Bankowa 12, room 76
40-007 Katowice, Poland
+48 32 359 22 72
+48 32 359 22 73
admission@us.edu.pl