Exploring culture in the broadest sense
The Comparative Cultural Analysis (Arts and Culture) programme of the University of Amsterdam is dedicated to critical exploration of a wide variety of cultural phenomena from an explicitly theoretical and interdisciplinary perspective. Works of art and literature, cinema and new media, as well as popular culture are examined in relation to a range contemporary socio-political phenomena. Comparative Cultural Analysis engages with a variety of contemporary critical discourses, such as philosophy, environmental humanities, posthumanism, decolonial studies, queer studies, comparative literature and media studies. The programme proposes to explore the many possible dialogues between cultural phenomena and critical theory. In particular, Comparative Cultural Analysis is focused on the socio-political significance of theoretical and interdisciplinairy study.
After completing this programme students will have acquired a solid understanding of cultural theory and valuable analytical skills. Depending on their expertise, graduates often find employment in the cultural or non-profit sector, for example as writer, editor, curator, organizer or continue their academic career as PhD researcher.
The job market
Alumni from the programme have started careers in:
- Online media;
- Art center/gallery;
- News media.
- Intercultural Dialogues
- Comparative and Cultural Analysis
- Archaeology of Human Mobilities
- Archaeology, Museums and the Public
- From Constantine to Muhammed: Religion and Society in Late Antiquity
- Historical Archaeology: Theories and Concepts
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Visual Arts Archaeology View 115 other Masters in Area & Cultural Studies in Netherlands
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in the Humanities or Social Sciences with an emphasis on theories of contemporary culture, to a minimum of 30 ECTS (equivalent to a full-time semester of academic studies)
- You are expected to have an awareness of basic theoretical notions in contemporary theories of culture
- English language requirements
International16060 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 16060 EUR per year during 12 months.
EU/EEA2168 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 12 months.
Living costs for Amsterdam
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
Updated in the last year
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