The two-year Research Master's programme Artistic Research bridges the gap between professional art training and academic research and takes an experimental approach to the study of art objects, as well as broader artistic concepts and interpretation.
Bridging art and research
The Research Master's programme Artistic Research seeks to form a bridge between art and standard scholarly research by offering insight into and training in new forms of research. These new forms provide an alternative to existing approaches, stressing applied, practical research as opposed to fundamental, theoretical research.
The Research Master's in Artistic Research takes an experimental approach to both specific art objects and broader artistic concepts and opens them up to interpretation. Topics and strategies relevant for current scholarly debates and contemporary artistic practice form core components of the programme.
Studying Artistic Research at the University of Amsterdam
The University of Amsterdam's (UvA) research programme Artistic Research is unique in the Netherlands, providing an alternative to the at times artificial opposition between professional art training and academic programmes for the study of art in the Netherlands. This research programme reflects the flourishing practice of national and international research in the arts.
Artistic Research is a track of the accredited degree programme Arts and Culture: Art Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Arts and Culture and the title Master of Arts (MA).
A part of the Research Master's programme Artistic Research is taught in collaboration with other (internal or external) art institutes. In such cases, the programme is carried out by the ‘supplying' institute. Examples are: the professional art training programmes at the Amsterdam School of the Arts and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy/Sandberg Institute, as well as the academic programmes in arts and culture at the Faculty of Humanities.
The Research Master's programme Artistic Research comprises 120 ECTS credits:
- 24 credits for core courses of the Research Master's in Art Studies (Kunstwetenschappen).
- 66 credits for core courses combining theory and practice, electives or practical tutorials.
- 30 credits for a one-semester research project resulting in a thesis and an artistic work.
Students who complete courses at a Master’s level prior to starting with a Research Master’s can submit a written request to the Examinations Board asking that these courses be counted towards the Research Master’s examination.
Artists with a Master's degree in Artistic Research will have a distinct advantage when applying to PhD programmes in the fields of art research and art practice. Their ability to formulate theoretical concepts in relation to artistic practice enhances their ability to develop their own work and find exhibition and performance venues at which to present it.
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