M.A. On Campus

Arts & Culture - Contemporary Art History

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

12 months
15546 EUR/year
1084 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Contemporary Art History focuses on visual, process-based, and digital art from the 1960s until today. This Arts & Culture - Contemporary Art History MA programme offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam trains you as an art historian who is equipped to tackle this complex but fascinating field.


In selecting the Arts & Culture - Contemporary Art History MA programme offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you devote your attention to what is at stake now – to artworks that take on the challenges of the globalized information society, and of living in the Anthropocene.

Not only will you develop thorough knowledge of contemporary art, but you will also develop the skills to research, present and write about it. You will be well-equipped for a career in the cultural sector (museums, festivals, art galleries, archives), as an art critic or as a freelance cultural entrepreneur.

Today’s art includes installation art and site-specific projects, digital or new media art (interactive installations, locative media works, software art, networked art, electronic art and video art), artistic research, performative and activist projects.

Career Opportunities

On completing this Master’s programme, you are prepared for a position in which substantial knowledge and research skills in the field of contemporary and digital art are required, such as organizing exhibitions, galleries, events, or (art) festivals, writing about art for newspapers, magazines or online-media, working in public programming or educational departments of museums, the city council, festival organizations, in public or private archives, or pursue research on a freelance basis or within academia.

Promotion alumni sessions Master’s day

During the Master’s day, you can also meet our (international) alumni during several workshops. In these sessions they will tell you more about career opportunities after finishing your Master’s degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Methods and Theories of Art History
  • Seminar Contemporary Art
  • Trending Topics Arts and Culture
  • Media Art History: The Digital Divide
  • Art Criticism
  • Study Trip

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

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




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university. Your degree should include at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or the equivalent.
  • If you have an academic Bachelor’s degree in the Humanities (history, media studies, philosophy, cultural studies), you must have completed a minimum of 60 ECTS in art history/theory.

You will also need:

  • To create an enrollment application in Studielink (the Dutch national education application system
  • Complete your application in Vuweb
  • Pay the application fee (€100)
  • Copy of your valid passport or ID
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 1 or 2 Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Intent (Letter of Motivation)
  • Diploma(s): A copy of the original Bachelor's degree or certificate.
  • Transcript of records
  • Thesis (or alternative piece of academic writing)
  • A description of the relevant courses followed and literature used during your previous higher education

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15546 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15546 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1084 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1084 EUR per year during 12 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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