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.
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- Methods and Theories of Art History
- Seminar Contemporary Art
- Trending Topics Arts and Culture
- Media Art History: The Digital Divide
- Art Criticism
- Study Trip
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- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
DisciplinesVisual Arts Art History Liberal Arts View 36 other Masters in Visual Arts in Netherlands
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- 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.
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International16830 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 16830 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
EU/EEA2209 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2209 EUR for the full programme 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.
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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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.