What is the societal and academic significance of 'art', 'heritage' and 'culture'? Why do we value certain works of art, heritage, or cultural practices and not others? How do different ways of interpreting and presenting the arts and cultural heritage affect our ideas about the past, present, and future? If you are interested in finding the answers to questions like these, and you have a passion for art and cultural heritage, the master’s program Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management, and Education might be the right choice for you.
In this program, which you can choose to follow in English or Dutch, you will develop the academic and professional knowledge and skills you will need to become a policymaker, art manager, museum curator, or educator. This internationally-oriented program approaches art and cultural heritage from different perspectives. You will also have plenty of opportunities to concentrate on your specific areas of interest.
Information for Dutch-speaking students
Instead of choosing the English taught master’s program Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management, and Education, it is also possible to choose the master’s program Kunst, Cultuur en Erfgoed where you follow several courses, including the academic skills training in Dutch and write your essays and master’s thesis in Dutch. In the program Kunst, Cultuur en Erfgoed, the Dutch context is emphasized and placed within a larger international framework.
Why this program?
The master’s program in Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management, and Education examines the concepts of ‘heritage’ and ‘art’ as expressions of both past and present culture. You will develop insights into these key concepts and how their meaning has changed throughout history. You will evaluate and debate issues related to policy, appreciation, interpretation, use, conservation, education, and management. The program will also teach you academic skills and professional skills in the practical organization and development of artistic projects in the context of cultural management.
What will you learn?
You will study the time-, place- and group-dependent definitions of art, culture, and cultural heritage, and you will learn how these differences translate into different cultural practices. You will also gain a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of cultural policy, appreciation, interpretation, use, conservation, education, and management in arts and heritage.
During the program, you will gain insights into different scientific approaches to these cultural practices and you will be familiarised with the most important theories, concepts, and research methods from art history, history, museology, cultural sociology, and the economics of arts and culture.
Vivian van Saaze, Program Director
Joop de Jong
From day one of this program, you will be challenged with differing viewpoints and experiences as you interact with staff and students from all over the world. Most of the students in this master’s program in the academic year 2019/2020 came from outside the Netherlands and represented on average 19 different nationalities. Such diversity creates an international atmosphere that is strengthened by the international orientation of the program. To further increase your international profile, you can choose to do an internship or complete a project abroad during the second semester.
As with many Maastricht University programs, this program is taught using Problem-Based Learning (PBL). In tutorial groups of 12 to 15 students, you will seek solutions to concrete ‘problems’ taken from situations involving current issues in arts and heritage. Instructors act as facilitators, giving help as it is needed. This allows you to develop the independence and problem-solving skills that you will need in the field, such as the ability to:
Evaluate and structure information
Present your viewpoint
Work in an international team
Conduct and chair discussions
Formulate a working plan to deal with a problem at hand
Seminars & guest lectures
You will also participate in seminars and guest lectures, in which experts discuss their knowledge of specific facts, concepts, and theories as well as their experiences in professional practice.
You will not only develop expertise in theory but will also receive training in professional skills such as:
Cultural policy analysis and evaluation;
Arts and museum education.
Site visits & study trips
Trips to art institutions, heritage sites, museums, government agencies, etc. will enable you to widen your experience with professional practice and to apply what you have learned in the Arts and Heritage curriculum. Maastricht is ideally located for study trips in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and France.
Customize your education
The program also offers great scope for personal development and specialization during the second semester. You can choose to take electives, do a project or undertake an internship.
You can select an elective to build a strong professional profile in a specific area. You can choose from courses at Maastricht University or at other Dutch or international universities. In Maastricht, you can take courses such as:
Arts and Audiences
Heritage and Society
Culture and Economy
The teaching staff has strong ties in the arts and cultural sector, both in the Netherlands and abroad, which offers you a wide variety of project and internship opportunities. Many students choose to conduct an internship in the Netherlands or abroad.
Students have, for example, done internships at:
Art Institute of Chicago
Guggenheim Museum, New York
National Palace Museum, Taipei
Sotheby’s, London, Cologne, Brussels & Melbourne
UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Paris
Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
Guangdong Modern Dance Company, China
Premium honors program
Want to gain that extra edge by getting real-world experience during your studies? The Premium honors program will help you gain the experience and develop the skills employers are looking for. As part of a team of students and under the guidance of our academic staff, you’ll spend about three months working on a real-world assignment for a company, NGO, or educational institution. You'll also work on a personal development plan, receive intensive individual coaching, and attend masterclasses and workshops. All of this will take about 250 hours, but it will give you a lifetime of benefits.
The master's program in Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management, and Education are unique because it:
Establishes effective links between theory and practice;
Allows you to customize your own program;
Allows you to gain work experience during an internship or project;
Is truly international: 51 students in the 2019/20 program came from 19 different countries;
Is one of the top 15 Arts and Cultural Management programs in the world;
Has academic staff who are very engaged and students highly value the quality of teaching.
Courses & curriculum 2021 - 2022
In the master’s program in Arts and Heritage, you will approach art and heritage from different perspectives. You will learn more about the scientific and social significance of art, culture, and heritage and will acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of cultural policy, cultural education, and the management and marketing of arts and heritage. This master’s program is also offered in Dutch.
Studying Arts and Heritage: Entering the Field
Researching Arts and Culture
Arts and Audiences 1
Culture and Economy 1
Heritage and Society 1
Research and Writing Skills
Culture and Economy 2
Arts and Audiences 2
Heritage and Society 2
Employers in the arts and heritage sector often look for a combination of a general arts and culture background with a specialization in cultural policy, management, or education. As a graduate of Arts and Heritage, this will be you.
As a graduate of this program, you will also possess professional, analytical, and other academic skills that employers are looking for. As well as this you will know how to answer questions regarding the policy, appreciation, interpretation, use, conservation, education, and management of arts and heritage in a meaningful way.
The total number of Arts and Heritage graduates is 291 since the start of the program. The available data (from 201 graduates) show that 98% of our graduates are employed, 2% work as Ph.D. Candidate or have chosen to do a second master elsewhere.
As an Arts and Heritage graduate, you can look for work in:
Art institutions, e.g. theatres, museums, art centers (e.g. Curator, Collection manager);
Galleries and auction houses (e.g. Exhibitions manager, Communications manager, Project manager, or assistant);
Governmental or cultural organizations (e.g. Policy advisor, Cultural manager, Programme coordinator);
Cultural industries and cultural tourism (e.g. Sales executive);
Media (e.g. Editor, Journalist, Critic);
Academia or education (e.g. Researcher, Teacher).
The admission requirements for the academic year 2021/22 for the master’s program Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management, and Education depend on your prior qualifications.
For the master's program Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management, and Education enrolment takes place on the basis of your quality and suitability. For this your motivation, prior qualifications, and your (professional) experience are important.
Besides the general requirements:
A recent passport picture;
A copy of your valid passport or your EU/EEA identity card;
A copy of your most recent certified grades transcript and a copy of your certified diploma.
All candidates should also meet the additional requirements:
Submit proof of your bachelor's or master's degree;
Submit your curriculum vitae;
Write a letter of motivation;
Submit a writing sample;
Demonstrate proficiency in English.