MA in Arts and Culture: Art History

General

Program Description

University of Groningen

Do you want to be well prepared for a career in the world of Visual Arts? The Master Program in Art History offers all the knowledge and expertise that you need.

The one-year Master Program in Art History offers courses in Western art from the late Middle Ages to the present. The program is committed to historical as well as theoretical depth. Students are also trained with an eye to their post-graduate career prospects. We offer internships in major museums throughout the Netherlands and abroad, as well as an excursion to a major European metropolis.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Combination of historical and theoretical depth. Faculty specialized in the fields of Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, Northern Renaissance and Baroque art, including pre-modern globalization, the art of the Enlightenment, twentieth-century art, art criticism, new media, and materials and techniques.
  • Excursions abroad.
  • Unique curatorial program.

Program

Year 1

The first semester consists of one required course, Art History Now, and two courses that complement the student's specialization.

In the second semester, the Early Modern and Modern and Contemporary Art students write a thesis of 15 EC and complete an internship of 10 EC. The Curatorial students write a thesis of 20 EC and follow a tutorial of 5 EC. These students conclude their studies in the third semester with an internship of 30 EC. All students go on an excursion abroad in the second semester.

Courses

  • Art History Now: Theory, Method, Historiography (10 EC)
  • Collections & Artefacts: Boijmans (10 EC, optional)
  • Media, Materials, Makers: Arts and/as Research (10 EC, optional)
  • Museums: The Making-Of (10 EC, optional)
  • Topics in Italian Renaissance Art (10 EC, optional)
  • Excursion (5 EC)
  • Master Thesis: Curatorial & Museum studies (20 EC, optional)
  • Master Thesis: Early Modern European Art / Modern & Contemporary Art (15 EC, optional)
  • Research Internship (10 EC, optional)
  • Tutorial: Curatorial & Museum studies (5 EC, optional)
  • Museum Internship: Curatorial & Museum studies (30 EC, optional)

Curriculum

The master-track in Art History has three specializations: Early Modern Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, and Curatorial Studies. Students specialize in one of these three specializations. Specific qualifications are required for Curatorial Studies.

All students take the course Art History Now, which offers the fundamental theoretical and methodological preparation for the Master-thesis. Students select the rest of their coursework from our course list.

Program options

  • Modern and Contemporary Art (specialization)
  • Early Modern Art (specialization)
  • Curatorial Studies (specialization)
  • Master Honours College (honors program)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
language test Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). ERK level B2 (preferably C1). Students who acquired a bachelor's degree certificate from an English-taught degree program will automatically meet the language requirements.


Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students 15 August 2020 01 September 2020
EU/EEA students 01 May 2020 01 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2020 01 September 2020

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 12500 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time

Job prospects

Our Department's graduates pursue a wide variety of jobs and professions, ranging from cultural policymakers, academics, museum staff, and the art market.

Job examples

  • Gallery owner
  • Art Consultant
  • Policy officer Culture at (local) government
  • Curator
  • Museum Educator
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Exhibition maker
  • Employee auction house
  • Journalist
  • Purchaser company collections
  • Editor
  • Lecturer
  • Cultural-historical tourism
  • Conservator-Restorer
  • Monument care
  • Scientific Employee
Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

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The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart. Read less
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