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Curating Art and Cultures prepares you for a career in a museum or in any other cultural institution that demands advanced academic research skills.

The job market

As a graduate of the programme, you will have developed the theoretical expertise and obtained the preliminary work experience necessary for a curatorial or research career at museums of art, ethnography, design and history, galleries and exhibition spaces or any other cultural institution which focuses on research and presentation of objects and cultures.

Previous graduates have gone on to curatorial or research positions at, among others:

  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • Huygens ING
  • Museum of World Cultures, Amsterdam/Leiden
  • Mauritshuis, The Hague
  • Kunstmuseum Den Haag, The Hague
  • RKD - Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague
  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
  • Teylers Museum, Haarlem
  • National Gallery, Washington, D.C.
  • Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • University of Amsterdam
  • Catholic University of Louvain
  • Università degli Studi Firenze
  • Private collector, London
  • National Gallery, Washington

Laying a solid foundation for doing research, the programme also prepares for the PhD positions that are necessary to qualify for a further academic career. It is also suited for those who envision an independent career as freelance curator, researcher, journalist, writer or cultural entrepreneur.

An academic career

Graduates interested in pursuing an academic career have gone on to do research internships or to pursue a PhD. If you are interested in pursuing an academic career, you can explore the possibility of a corresponding two-year Research Master's with the programme coordinator.

Do you have ambitions to start your own business? The Humanities Venture Lab is the place for the humanities entrepreneur starting out. As a student or alumnus, you can find training, coaching, inspiration sessions, and a workplace here. Watch the video’s below to see what the Humanities Venture Lab can do for you.

What can the Humanities Venture Lab offer you?
What can the Humanities Venture Lab offer you?
2 alumni about the added value of the Humanities Venture Lab
2 alumni about the added value of the Humanities Venture Lab

Your diploma is not a farewell

After graduating, you don't have to say goodbye to the University of Amsterdam! We are happy to help you develop your career. You can join the young alumni programme, which will assist you in mapping out your career. And as an alumnus, you can also still use the Student Careers Centre.