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Art and Performance Research Studies

Research Master

Art and Performance Research Studies is a two-year programme for students who are interested in doing historical, theoretical and practice-based research into the visual and performative arts. In this Master's, students will be challenged and will learn how to develop and execute research ideas in an interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary and cross-media environment.

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Master's Week: 18-24 Nov
Master's Week: 12 -16 Feb
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Bridging art and academia

Art and Performance Research Studies offers two specialisations: one is academic, focused on theoretical /historical research in the arts disciplines (art history, musicology, theatre and performance studies and cultural studies); the other is artistic, focused on artistic research through a practice-based process in fine arts, dance, music, performance and film, among other art disciplines. Central to the programme is that students reflect on and learn to do research in an inter- and cross-disciplinary framework and learn to understand the position of the arts and the artist in society.

Artistic Research participants, mostly practicing artists, are given visibility by having their work presented at local gallery spaces, such as the Nieuw Dakota and Neverneverland, and access to a wide network of partner platforms and institutions, which include ARIAS, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Sandberg Institute.

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

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

Follow your interest

Customised study path


Possibility to study abroad

Choose your specilisation

Academic or artistic specialisation


Large network through partnerships

Why study Art and Performance Research Studies at the UvA?

  • Academic skills
    This programme facilitates and enables the critical development of your research ideas by shared courses, a customised choice of electives, and individual tutorials;
  • Interdisciplinary 
    t offers comprehensive cross-disciplinary debates with expert staff from all art disciplines, both theoretical and practical;
  • Critical reflection
    It engenders debate and reflection on theory and practice by offering three shared core courses; and it opens the possibility to execute (part of) your research abroad (archives, institutions, participatory) if your research plan requires it.

Degree certificate

The Research Master’s programme Art and Performance Research Studies is an accredited degree programme of Arts and Culture. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in programme and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Facts & Figures
Degree programme
Research MA Arts and Culture (research)
Regular study programme
120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction
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CROHO code
University Quarter