New Media and Audiovisual Art

Master’s programme 160 CP

This programme prepares artists who have a versatile knowledge of new technologies, audiovisual arts and digital cultural processes.

Accredited: until 31 December 2023

The programme is currently undergoing re-accreditation.


General information

  • Duration:
    2 years
  • Type:
    Full-time (evenings)
  • Language:
    English (full-time evening studies)
  • Credit points:
    80 CP / 120 ECTS
  • Fee:
    For citizens and permanent residents of the Republic of Latvia:
    4000 EUR

    EU, EEA, CIS, Ukrainian, Georgian and Turkmen citizens:
    EUR 4000

    For non-EU citizens:
    EUR 4700

The academic master’s programme “New Media and Audiovisual Arts” jointly implemented by RISEBA and Liepaja University is designed for students who want to professionally connect their lives with audiovisual media arts and be competitive in the European Union, Asian and North American markets as competent audiovisual professionals working in mass media, television, cinema, radio, video and cinema post-production and visual effect organisations; creative consultants in business, enterprise and creative industries, as well as be competitive, research-oriented professionals / artists who have a versatile knowledge regarding new digital technologies, extended and virtual reality, 360-degree video, culture analytics, data visualisation, artificial intelligence (AI), as well as those who want to learn skills that can be applied in the implementation of creative projects and in scientific research.

During their studies, students study one of the specialities of their choice:

Partner University:

Although the study programme “New Media and Audiovisual Arts” is an academic master’s programme, it has a large amount of practical activities alongside the theoretical courses, which are mainly implemented at the RISEBA Architecture and Media Centre H20.

The study programme is implemented in a module system in the amount of 80 CP, consisting of Integrated (Part A) modules of 40 CP, Specialisation (Part B) modules with 4 strands of 20 CP, and a master’s thesis of 20 CP. Two specialisation strands – “Audiovisual Media” and “Multimedia Performing Arts” are held in Riga and administered by RISEBA, and the other two specialisation strands – “Digital Arts” and “Sound Art and Electronic Music” are held in Liepaja and administered by the University of Liepaja. The master’s students mainly study at the Architecture and Media Centre H2O 6, located at 4 Durbes Street.

Description of Study Modules

Programme specialisation areas:

  • Audiovisual Media (RISEBA)
  • Multimedia Performing Arts (RISEBA)
  • Digital Art (LiepU)
  • Sound Art and Electronic Music (LiepU)
    *The specialisation areas Audiovisual Media and Multimedia Performing Arts are held in Riga and administered by RISEBA, while the specialisation areas Digital Art and Sound Art and Electronic Music are held in Liepāja and administered by LiepU.

1st year

Conceptual Thinking
Contemporary Art
Music Environment and Sound Theory
Sound Composition
Creating Audio Recordings
Art of Cinematographer – Director
New Media and Film Montage and New Media Aesthetics
Visual Culture and Semiotics
Interactive Cinema
Production and Fundraising
Intermedia Technology and Integration
Experimental Cinema
Script Development
Directing Audiovisual Works
Art Research in Digital Environments

2nd year

Digital Art Theory and Production
Cinema 4D and Animation
Artificial Intelligence (AI) Installations
360-Degree 3D Interactive Visualisation
After Effects Digital Post-Production
Narratology in Virtual Reality (VR)
Interactive Arts and Multimedia Performances
Multimedia Performing Arts

Master’s thesis: Parts A and B.

*RISEBA reserves the right to adjust up to 20% of the programme content and number of lessons.

Faculty Members

Admission rules

Please read the admission rules published on our website under Study at RISEBA -> Admission rules

Admission requirements:

  • Bachelor degree of Humanitarian sciences or Professional higher education in Humanitarian, Social, Art or Educational sciences
  • Entrance exams: Master’s thesis application and portfolio of creative work (video, photo, design or similar)

Admission/entrance criteria

  • Master’s thesis application: a creative research project in one of the specialisations offered by the programme. The project must be developed in the context of the Master’s thesis.
  • Creative portfolio: 3 to 5 works, projects, prototypes, commissions or research projects in new media art, audiovisual art, sound art, of your choice.

Evaluation of the competition

  • Persons apply for the Master’s degree programme on the basis of the grades obtained in the entrance examinations.
  • If two persons have the same marks in the competition, the average mark in the supplement to the bachelor’s diploma shall be the decisive mark.

In addition to the basic level of higher education, applicants are required to submit a free-form application regarding a prospective master’s thesis project, a creative portfolio of their previous work and pass an English language entrance examination organised by RISEBA. The free-form application regarding a master’s thesis project and the portfolio shall be sent to the programme director electronically ([email protected]). Students whose previous studies were in English or foreigners whose country of origin has English as a national language, are exempt from the English language entrance examination.

Career opportunities

The objective of the programme is to prepare competitive audiovisual professionals – artists who have extensive knowledge of new technologies, audiovisual arts and digital culture processes, as well as specific skills in creating innovative media products, and who are competitive in the labour market of art, innovation technologies and creative industries.

Opportunities for further study

The master’s degree of humanities in the arts provides a set of knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable highly qualified professional activity in the relevant field and enables further studies in the doctoral programme “Media Arts and Creative Technologies”.


Classrooms are usually used for theoretical lectures. All classrooms are equipped with computers and projectors for teacher and student presentations. In most classrooms, wide-format duplex monitors are provided for better visibility.

Media Lab

The Media Laboratory is an informal audiovisual creative research and experimentation space, equipped with high-quality technological infrastructure, which can only be used by the students of the master’s programme “New Media and Audiovisual Arts” and students of the RISEBA University’s doctoral programme “Media Arts and Creative Technologies”.

Video studio

Lectures in “Art of Cinematography” and “Lighting” are held in the 300 square meter video studio. Students can film their course works there during non-lecture time. The studio is equipped with a full-size black and green screen background and floor. Specific equipment available – camera crane with rails, RONIN, Steadicam. The university also provides training related to drone technology that meets the certification standard. The video studio also has a stationary lighting system. Next to the video studio, there is also a make-up room, a storage room for costumes and props, and a sound recording studio.

Editing studios

The Architecture and Media Centre H2O 6 has three large and two small video editing studios. The large editing studios are equipped with 15–20 stationary iMac computers. Audiovisual editing lectures and practical training in digital editing take place in these studios. The small video editing studios are designed for students to work independently after lectures. All editing computers are equipped with Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium, Logic Studio, Cinema 4D, while the Media Lab uses Mistika VR, point cloud applications for photogrammetry, 3D scanning, DeepL, Stable Diffusion for AI rendering, and other digital editing software.

Erasmus+ study exchange programme offers the opportunity to study at the Media Department of TAMK University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Finland and Minerva Academy of Visual Arts, Design and Pop Culture in the Netherlands.
Any student of the master’s programme who has completed at least one year of study can participate in the Erasmus+ exchange programme.
A student can study for 1 or 2 semesters at one of RISEBA’s partner universities. The duration of study mobility is 2–12 months.
The student does not have to pay for the period spent in the study and internship exchange programme abroad; the tuition fee is covered by the partner university, but the student continues to pay the RISEBA tuition fee. For the period spent abroad during mobility, the student is awarded an Erasmus+ scholarship to cover the costs of transport and accommodation.
* Erasmus+ internship mobility provides that a student can undergo an internship in one of the companies of interest in one of the Erasmus+ programme countries. For this internship period, the student receives an Erasmus+ scholarship. The duration of internship mobility is 2–12 months.
Find out more about Erasmus+ and how to apply here!

Evita Petroviča
Admissions specialist
208, Meža iela 3
Inese Makuševa
Senior study program administrator
201, Durbes iela 4

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