Dual Master in Curating Art and Cultures (Heritage Studies)

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

Dual Master in Curating Art and Cultures (Heritage Studies)

University of Amsterdam

Curating Art and Cultures is a unique, professional Master's designed to train the curators of the future. The programme is offered jointly by the UvA, the VU University and leading museums in the Netherlands.

An academic approach to curating

Taking place in both the lecture hall and the exhibition space, the Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures responds to the growing demand for academically-grounded curatorial professionals with excellent (inter)disciplinary and theoretical backgrounds. The programme teaches you to engage with crucial theoretical concepts and contemporary issues regarding the collection and display of art objects and cultural artefacts. It also encourages you to deepen your disciplinary knowledge and develop your research skills.

A curator in training

In addition to developing your theoretical knowledge, you will also have the opportunity to work as a ‘curator in training’ during the curatorial internship at one of the programme’s partner museums and cultural institutions. During the year-long internship, unique among curatorial and museum studies programmes around the world, you will receive hands-on training in all aspects of professional museum practice, from research for publications to organising exhibitions. You will also take part in collection acquisition, registration, management, art handling and display, and restoration and conservation. In short, this is your chance to dive headfirst into the many aspects of the curatorial profession.

Degree certificate

The Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures is a programme of the accredited degree programme Heritage Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Heritage Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Programme overview

The Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures aims to foster academically-trained curators with a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and disciplinary concepts, as well as practical aspects surrounding the collecting and display of objects of art and culture. The programme also offers you the unique opportunity to gain the skills and experience of the curatorial practice by means of a year-long internship at one of the country's leading museums or cultural institutions.

Programme structure

The Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures is a two-year professional programme comprising 120 ECTS credits:

  • 24 ECTS Core courses
  • 18 ECTS Electives
  • 60 ECTS Internship
  • 18 ECTS Thesis

The job market

As a graduate of the programme, you will have developed the theoretical expertise and obtained the preliminary work experience necessary for a curatorial career at museums of art, ethnography, design and history, galleries and exhibition spaces or any other cultural institution where research into objects and cultures is central.

Previous graduates have gone on to positions at, among others:

  • Van Gogh Museum;
  • Rijksmuseum Amsterdam;
  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen;
  • Tropenmuseum;
  • The Teylers Museum in Haarlem;
  • RKD Netherlands Institute for Art History in The Hague;
  • National Gallery in Washington;
  • Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 14, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
24 months
Full time
2,060 EUR
The tuition fees for the academic year 2018-2019 are: EU/EEA students €2,060 per year; non-EU/EEA students €14,740 per year. Additional fees may apply.
Mar. 1, 2019
Netherlands - Amsterdam, North Holland
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Mar. 1, 2019
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Sept. 2019
Netherlands - Amsterdam, North Holland
Application deadline Mar. 1, 2019
End date Request Info