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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 encourages you to deepen your disciplinary knowledge and develop your research skills. It also teaches you to engage with crucial theoretical concepts and contemporary issues regarding the collection and display of art objects and cultural artefacts. Within the programme you have the opportunity to specialise in the curating-focused specialisation Curating Art and Cultures or in the research-oriented specialisation Arts of the Netherlands.

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.

What does this programme entail?
What does this programme entail?

In this video the teacher and students of the programme explain how this programme is structured and what the unique aspects are.

Offered jointly with

Leading museums and research institutions

Unique combination

Practice, theory and disciplinary training

First class education

Exceptionally large team of specialists, incl. VU University

Ideally located

In the heart of Amsterdam

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 Master's programme has strong connections with the broader professional field, to which your research and curatorial practice make a direct contribution
  • The city of Amsterdam with its rich history and leading museums and cultural institutions is an ideal base to start building your professional network.

Career prospects

After graduation there is a world of opportunities. You will have obtained the preliminary work experience necessary for a curatorial or research career at museums of art, ethnography, design, or history, as well as galleries and exhibition spaces or any other cultural institution that focuses on research and the presentation of objects and cultures. The programme also prepares you for PhD-research and an academic career.

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).

Facts & Figures
Degree programme
MA Heritage Studies
Regular study programme
120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction
Starts in
CROHO code
University Quarter