MA Arts and Culture

University of Groningen
Program overview
12 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
01 September 2024

01 September 2024

About this program

MA Arts and Culture

What do art forms like painting, film, music or theatre contribute to societies? Why have humans in every culture and throughout history engaged in activities we categorize as art?

The Master Program Arts and Culture provides students with the skills needed to investigate the function of the arts in society. It combines in-depth knowledge in a range of specific disciplines with professional and social engagement as well as critical and creative thinking.

Students can choose from seven tracks. The track of their choice prepares them for a professional position in the art-world and the cultural sector in their area of expertise. After this one-year Program graduates can find work as Programrs and curators, cultural journalists and publishers, educators in schools, universities and policy functions, managers of art instiTuitions and heritage foundations, and founders of art-related companies and cultural entrepreneurs.

The Program& seven tracks are devised to reflect the multifaceted forms of the art-world and the cultural sector – from the fine arts and architecture to music, theatre and film, including an emphasis on policy-making, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage.

  • Art History (with specialisation Curatorial Studies)
  • Arts, Cognition and Criticism
  • Arts, Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship
  • Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media
  • History of Architecture and Town Planning
  • Landschapsgeschiedenis (in Dutch)
  • Music, Theatre and Performance Studies

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Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

language test -Additional requirements English: Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

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Program content

  • Art History (track)
  • Curatorial Studies (specialization)
  • Arts, Cognition and Criticism (track)
  • Arts, Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship (track)
  • Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media (track)
  • History of Architecture and Town Planning (track)
  • Landschapsgeschiedenis (in Dutch) (track)
  • Music, Theatre and Performance Studies (track)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fees for EU/EEA Students: € 2,314 per year
  • Tuition fees for Non-EU/EEA Students: € 16,000 per year


Credits: 60 ECTS

MA in Arts & Culture

Continuing studies

The program prepares students for programming and curatorial functions, journalistic and publishing positions, educational positions in schools, universities and policy functions, management of art institutions and heritage foundations, and as founders of art-related companies and cultural entrepreneurs.

During their internship students were working for institutions and companies such as Kunst & Cultuur (Groningen and Drenthe), the Curaçao Ministry of Culture, the cultural departments of various embassies, UNESCO, theatre and dance companies, national and international film festivals such as IDFA or the Montréal film festivals, local authorities, many large and small museums in the Netherlands as well as museums abroad (i.e Groeninge Museum Brugge, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna), the Dutch Council for Culture, Fund for the Performing Arts, EYE Filmmuseum, Sound and Vision, IDTV, the Fund Cultural Participation and local authorities in the North of the Netherlands.

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About this institute

University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 and it ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We are a research-intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor, master...

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Why study at University of Groningen

We're a Top 100 University

Study at one of the world’s leading universities. Learn from the best and take advantage of exciting research opportunities. Live in a vibrant city where over a quarter of the population are students. Whatever you’re seeking from your university experience, you’ll find it in Groningen. With over 45 world-class Bachelor’s programmes and 160 highly-ranked Master’s programmes, we have a field of study for you.

Our groundbreaking research

As a student, you will be actively involved in research at one of Europe’s top research institutions from the get-go. The University of Groningen carries out ground-breaking and socially-relevant research that builds bridges between disciplines and closes the gap between science and society.

400 years of reputation

The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands and has built a reputation for excellence. Many talented people have passed through the university during its rich 400-year history, including Nobel Prize winners like Ben Feringa (Chemistry, 2016) and Frits Zernike (Physics, 1953). Some have been pioneers in their respective fields, such as the first female University student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.

Vibrant Student Life

While its history can be traced back to 300 BC, today Groningen is a vibrant student city with the youngest population in the Netherlands – one in four people here is a student! That means there’s always something to do, with various art and music festivals, theatres, cinemas and performance venues catering to all tastes, whether you prefer to watch or want to join in. In Groningen, you’ll see students everywhere: studying in the pretty Noorderplantsoen park, working various part-time jobs and partying the night away.

Global Community

The University of Groningen attracts a large international community! Our Erasmus Student Network (ESN) conveniently facilitates all international students in Groningen and organizes over 150 activities a year. The University of Groningen has strong international connections which means that you can easily spend part of your degree studying abroad. The University also offers several unique international Master’s degree programmes in cooperation with other large European universities.

Contact info

University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5
9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands

Phone no: +31-50-363 8181
Fax +31-50-363 7100

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