MA in Arts and Culture

General

Program Description

What do art forms like painting, film, music or theatre contribute to societies? Why have humans in every culture and throughout history engaged in activities we categorize as art?

The Master program Arts and Culture provides students with the skills needed to investigate the function of the arts in society. It combines in-depth knowledge in a range of specific disciplines with professional and social engagement as well as critical and creative thinking.

Students can choose from seven tracks. The track of their choice prepares them for a professional position in the art-world and the cultural sector in their area of expertise. After this one-year program graduates can find work as programmers and curators, cultural journalists and publishers, educators in schools, universities and policy functions, managers of art institutions and heritage foundations, and founders of art-related companies and cultural entrepreneurs.

The program’s seven tracks are devised to reflect the multifaceted forms of the art-world and the cultural sector – from the fine arts and architecture to music, theatre and film, including an emphasis on policy-making, cultural entrepreneurship, and cultural heritage.

  • Art History (with specialization Curatorial Studies)
  • Arts, Cognition, and Criticism
  • Arts, Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship
  • Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media
  • History of Architecture and Town Planning
  • Landschapsgeschiedenis (in Dutch)
  • Music, Theatre and Performance Studies

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • top-rated program in the Netherlands;
  • stimulating international student environment with a lively art scene;
  • theoretically strong department working on the latest developments in the arts-world and cultural sector;
  • wide range of courses and methods;
  • team of motivated international staff members collaborating across national and disciplinary boundaries.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

15 August 2021

01 September 2021

EU/EEA students

15 August 2021

01 September 2021

non-EU/EEA students

15 August 2021

01 September 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 13500 full-time

Job prospects

The program prepares students for programming and curatorial functions, journalistic and publishing positions, educational positions in schools, universities and policy functions, management of art institutions and heritage foundations, and as founders of art-related companies and cultural entrepreneurs.

During their internship students were working for institutions and companies such as Kunst & Cultuur (Groningen and Drenthe), the Curaçao Ministry of Culture, the cultural departments of various embassies, UNESCO, theatre and dance companies, national and international film festivals such as IDFA or the Montréal film festivals, local authorities, many large and small museums in the Netherlands as well as museums abroad (i.e Groeninge Museum Brugge, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna), the Dutch Council for Culture, Fund for the Performing Arts, EYE Filmmuseum, Sound and Vision, IDTV, the Fund Cultural Participation and local authorities in the North of the Netherlands.

Research

The Research Centre Arts in Society (AiS) brings together research on the arts and their societal engagement and impact, both past and present. It hosts a multitude of disciplines including literary studies, art history, architecture and landscape, film studies, musicology, and theatre and performance studies. Research within AiS is focused on the transformative, changing nature of the arts in society throughout history until the present day. It does so both in fundamental and applied empirical and theoretical research. Apart from their work as academic researchers, members of the AiS are involved in cultural life on the local, national and international levels in for example museums or cultural and educational institutions.

The Research Centre Arts in Society currently hosts eight theme groups:

  • Arts and Institutional Change
  • Art, Medium, and Moving Images
  • The narrative in/and Art
  • Arts, Culture, and Cognition
  • Beyond Horizons in Cultural Transfer
  • Cultural Landscapes
  • The Objects of Art & Architecture
  • Music, Sound, and Culture

The AiS theme groups reflect ongoing, innovative, and sustainable research-interests by the academic staff, PhDs and postdocs. The theme groups can be disciplinary or interdisciplinary and are all open to all PhDs throughout the faculty and beyond to enable academic exchange and support for specific research questions.

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

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 astr ... Read More

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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