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Dual Master
Curating Art and Cultures (Heritage Studies)

Curating Art and Cultures is a unique, two-year Dual Master's programme designed to train the curators and museum researchers of the future. The programme is offered jointly by the UvA, the VU University and leading museums in the Netherlands (a.o. Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Van Abbe Museum). Within the programme you have the opportunity to specialise in Curating Art and Cultures or in Arts of the Netherlands.

An academic approach to curating

Taking place in both the lecture hall and institutional spaces, the Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures responds to the growing demand for academically-grounded museum professionals with excellent (inter)disciplinary and theoretical backgrounds. The programme teaches you to engage with crucial theoretical concepts and contemporary issues regarding the collection and display of art objects and cultural artefacts. It also encourages you to deepen your disciplinary knowledge and develop your research skills.

Curating and  Research in One Programme

Students choose one of two unique specialisations: Curating Art and Cultures or Arts of the Netherlands. The first specialisation focuses on curatorial theory and practice, while the second highlights research into Dutch art in a global context.

Specialisation Curating Art and Cultures

With its multi-disciplinary approach, Curating Art and Cultures both develops your theoretical knowledge and provides you with the opportunity to work as a curator-in-training during the one-year curatorial internship at one of the programme’s partner museums or cultural institutions. You will take part in collection acquisition, registration, management, art handling and display, exhibition production, and restoration and conservation. In short, this is your chance to dive headfirst into the many aspects of the curatorial profession.

Specialisation Arts of the Netherlands

Arts of the Netherlands takes a historical and object-oriented approach and aims to teach students how to carry out cutting-edge research on Netherlandish art in an international context. Students will develop academic research methods both in the classroom and during a seven-month internship. This provides unmatched opportunities for examining and investigating the physical objects of our studies and for exploring the academic approach to art-historical research within the museum. The programme is committed to the study of painting, prints, drawings, sculpture and applied arts.

Why study Curating Art and Cultures?

  • The programme offers you the unique opportunity to gain curatorial and research skills and experience by means of a long internship.
  • The city of Amsterdam with its rich history and leading museums and cultural institutions is an ideal base for following this Master’s.
  • The Master's programme has strong connections with the broader professional field, allowing you to experience museums and research practices both in and outside of the Netherlands.

Student profile

As a student in the Master’s programme Curating Arts and Cultures you will be expected to have the following knowledge, insight and skills:

  • You are interested in objects and museums; in research into museum collections; in exhibitions; and in the issues facing museums and other institutions involved in the collection and display of cultural artefacts today.
  • You are interested in combining academic reflection with practice in the museological field.
  • You are able to conduct research independently and know how to formulate consistent and functional research questions, collect material, apply theory, present research results in formal presentations, and write papers and a thesis.
  • For students Arts of the Netherlands: you are interested in Dutch and Flemish art from the period 1400-1945.

Degree certificate

The Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures is a programme of the accredited degree programme Heritage Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Heritage Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Curating Art and Cultures (Heritage Studies)
Degree programme MA Heritage Studies
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60836