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Curating Art and Cultures

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

24 months
16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Curating Art and Cultures MA programme is a two-year programme offered by the Humanities Faculty of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. This Master’s programme prepares you for a career as a professional curator by strengthening your disciplinary and theoretical foundations, and equipping you with the research skills and practical experience needed to achieve your ambitions.


Are you ready to investigate museum displays from multiple perspectives? Are you keen to intern at a museum, directly contributing to curating exhibitions yourself? And are you looking to become a curator of the future?

The Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures is a unique, two-year programme offered jointly by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and leading museums and cultural institutions in the Netherlands. 

You will spend half of the programme taking core courses related to curating and collecting, as well as elective courses in your field of interest, such as art history, cultural history or design. The other half of the programme provides you with the unique opportunity to do an internship at one of our partner institutions, spending an entire year under the supervision of a curator and contributing first-hand to several projects in the museum.

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Alumni from the programme have gone on to find various curatorial positions at museums in the Netherlands and abroad, including:

  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
  • Foam Photography Museum Amsterdam
  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • Museum for World Cultures (Tropenmuseum)
  • Teylers Museum in Haarlem
  • RKD Netherlands Institute for Art History in The Hague
  • Museum Arnhem

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Collecting, Curating and Display 
  • Internship 
  • Curating Practices in the Contemporary World 
  • Master Thesis 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

The Dual Master’s programme in Curating Art and Cultures is open for application to students with a Bachelor’s degree from VU Amsterdam, UvA or an equivalent, recognised degree from another university in:

  • Art History
  • Media, Kunst, Design en Architectuur (Media, Art, Design and Architecture)
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
The level of the Bachelor’s diploma from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (to be judged by the Examinations Board).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16830 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16830 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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