M.A. On Campus

Art and Culture - Contemporary Art History

12 months
16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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In this Art and Culture - Contemporary Art History MA programme 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.


This Art and Culture - Contemporary Art History MA programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is unique in the Netherlands in allowing students to focus on the fascinating field of contemporary art – from installation art to artistic research, from photography to digital art, performance art, or artistic activism.

The Netherlands, and Amsterdam especially, is pioneering in contemporary art. Next to museums and exhibitions, you can profit from archives and digital collections, and attend festivals to experience site-specific, performative, and time-based projects first-hand.

Entering the job market

After finishing the Master's programme Arts & Culture: Contemporary Art History, you can start working in various job fields. You will be well-qualified for a position in the field of contemporary and digital art, such as:

  • curating exhibitions, events or festivals;
  • writing about art for newspapers, magazines or online media;
  • working in public programming or educational departments of museums or city councils;
  • working in public or private archives;
  • conducting research on a freelance basis or within academia.

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

Non-EU/EEA students who do not need a study visa and/or a residence permit can still apply until 1 June




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An academic Bachelor's degree (WO) in art history, MKDA, or an equivalent degree. 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 must also submit a complete application for review by the Admissions Board.
  • Copy of your valid passport or ID (ID only for EU residents)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation Letter
  • Transcript of records
  • Thesis (or another sample of academic writing)
  • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education and a list of all the main literature.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    16830 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16830 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 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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