The Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures aims to foster academically-trained curators with a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and disciplinary concepts, as well as practical aspects surrounding the collecting and display of objects of art and culture. The programme also offers you the unique opportunity to gain the skills and experience of the curatorial practice by means of a year-long internship at one of the country's leading museums or cultural institutions.
The Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures is a two-year professional programme comprising 120 ECTS credits:
Central to the Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures are two, two-part core modules that explore the historical and theoretical aspects of museum collecting and display, as well as the theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary (museum) curating.
In addition to these core courses, you will have the opportunity to delve deeper into your field of interest by following two electives in a range of disciplines, including art or cultural history, archaeology, anthropology, and cultural or media studies.
The internship is the heart of the Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures. Starting in the second semester, you will commence a year-long work placement at one of the programme’s partner museums or cultural institutions. Under the supervision of curatorial professionals, you will gain first-hand experience of the roles and responsibilities of the curator today, including presentation and exhibition making, registration and documentation, art handling, restoration and conservation, research and communication and acquisition policy.
The Master's programme has strong connections with the professional field. Partner institutions include:
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam
Jewish Cultural Quarter, Amsterdam
Museum of World Cultures, Amsterdam/Leiden
CoBrA Museum, Amsterdam/Amstelveen
Centraal Museum Utrecht
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (The Hague)
Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven
Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem
Students enrolled in a Dual Master's programme are entitled to student grants and loans for the taught part of the programme. Learn more at:
To complete the Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures programme, you will devise a thesis project that demonstrates your ability to independently conduct, organise and defend your own academic research.
The Master's thesis reports on research carried out under the supervision of an academic staff member involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser. The subject of your thesis is a topic that pertains to one of the programme’s various disciplines and may correspond to a project from your curatorial internship. It will be supervised by a member of the academic staff specialised in your disciplinary field of interest. If you already have a thesis topic in mind, please take this into consideration when registering for the programme at either the UvA or VU.
The programme also includes a five-day excursion to Berlin or London, which will bring students into contact with practices outside of the Netherlands.
For detailed course information, please see the UvA Course Catalogue (link below).
Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a Research Master's programme. Once students are admitted to the Research Master's, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.
The Master's programme Curating Art and Cultures forms part of the broad label Heritage Studies. The quality of this programme has been positively assessed by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a legally accredited Master's degree in Heritage Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).
Website NVAO (in Dutch)