Master in Critical Studies in Art & Culture (Research)

This two-year program is unique in the Netherlands. With special emphasis on methodological and theoretical issues, it interrelates perspectives from art history, media studies, design studies and architectural history. It fosters the acquisition of knowledge, analytical skills and a capacity to critically reflect on historical and contemporary developments in the cultural industries. It centers on the analysis of “visual objects” (from landscapes, cities, and buildings to artworks in various media, film, television, design, and games) in their social, institutional, economic and ideological contexts. The program is taught in English.

The program in a nutshell

While part of the program is compulsory, you have plenty of opportunities to define your own individual path via electives, personal research (tutorials) and your thesis.

Compulsory courses are:

  • Imagining the Image
  • Critical Issues in the Cultural Industries
  • Research Design I and II, in which the focus is on research methodology

and out of the following seminars:

  • Reading Concepts of Intermediality
  • Methods of Design Analysis
  • Critical Studies in Architecture
  • Critical Studies in Modern and Contemporary Art

Your future career

The research master’s degree will enable you to continue towards a Ph.D. position or work as an independent researcher. We are proud of many alumni of this program having obtained funded Ph.D. positions both in the Netherlands and abroad: in UK, Germany, Belgium or US. Others have opted for a career in art and media management, journalism/publishing, art and architecture centers, research agencies, museum institutions, film festivals, art and media archives, education or government institutions.

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