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New Media & New Technologies


Admission requirements

Media Technology students and other interested master students
Bachelor diploma
Programming skills are required for the assignments


In new media one trend, technology or fad quickly follows the next. For anyone with an interest in media technology it is important to be up to date with the latest and greatest, from augmented reality to social networking, and from three dimensional printing to location aware services. However it is equally important to be able to critically reflect on these trends, to identify what is really novel and what is merely a hype.
This course covers a range of the latest new media technologies and concepts, organized by more timeless themes such as new media history, social relationships, space and intelligent perception and action, so that these technologies can be placed into perspective. The course is a mix of lectures and practical assignments, and students are asked to create a product that incorporates a new technology or concept and motivate why it is not just a gimmick or hype.

Course objectives

The students will study a selection of latests trends and technologies, some given, some chosen by themselves. This will include both a conceptual and a purely practical, hands on understanding and students should be able to reflect on a trend or technology by placing it into a wider context.


The dates are included in the Media Technology calendar

Mode of instruction

  • 3 full workshop days, combination of lecture, discussion and labs. Topics (may be subject to change):
    o History of New Media
    o Space & Social
    o Perception & Action

  • 1 excursion

  • 1 final expo day where students need to demonstrate their work

Assessment method

To be announced in detail, but will include grading of lab work, home work and final expo.


Blackboard will not be used. The link of the course will follow.

Reading list

To be announced


Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.
Send an e-mail to education coordinator Media Technology: Annebeth Simonsz, 071-527 6994

Contact information

Education coordinator Media Technology: Annebeth Simonsz, 071-527 6994