M.A. Arts and Culture: Artistic Research (research MA)

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR10500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English
University of Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Research Master's programme Artistic Research seeks to form a bridge between art and standard scholarly research by offering insight into and training in new forms of research.

Description of Arts and Culture: Artistic Research (research MA)


The Research Master's programme Artistic Research seeks to form a bridge between art and standard scholarly research by offering insight into and training in new forms of research.

These new forms provide an alternative to existing approaches, stressing applied, practical research as opposed to fundamental, theoretical research. The Research Master's in Artistic Research takes an experimental approach to both specific art objects and broader artistic concepts and opens them up to interpretation. Topics and strategies relevant for current scholarly debates and contemporary artistic practice form core components of the programme. The University of Amsterdam's (UvA) research programme Artistic Research is unique in the Netherlands, providing an alternative to the at times artificial opposition between professional art training and academic programmes for the study of art in the Netherlands. This research programme reflects the flourishing practice of national and international research in the arts.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 September: April (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee
  • EUR 10500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1906 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Part of this programme is taught in collaboration with other (internal or external) art institutes. In such cases, the programme is carried out by the supplying' institute. Examples are: the professional art training programmes at the Amsterdam School of the Arts and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy/Sandberg Institute, and the academic programmes at the schools of Art, Religion and Cultural Studies at the Graduate School for Humanities of the University of Amsterdam.

Programme outline

Artistic Research yields 120 ECTS credits:

  • 30 credits for core courses of the Research MA Art Studies (Kunstwetenschappen)
  • 40 credits for core courses combining theory and practice
  • 20 credits for electives
  • 30 credits for a one-semester research project resulting in a thesis and an artistic work.

The specific number of credits a student is required to obtain through coursework is determined by the admissions committee and is based on the student's previous qualifications. Fulfilment of all the requirements will take at least one year.


The research project and thesis together provide a sample of the student's artistic research, which is carried out at an art institution. A committee of supervisors and external experts are responsible for the project/thesis evaluation. The subject of the research project and the subsequent thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and academic adviser(s). The project and thesis are completed in one semester.

Degree awarded

Artistic Research is a specialisation of the Dutch Master's programme in Art Studies. Students who successfully complete this programme receive a Masters degree in Arts and Culture and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a Regular or Professional programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a Research programme. Once students are admitted to the Research programme, they can transfer the credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The examination committee determines which courses qualify for transfer.

English Language Requirements

Requirements for Arts and Culture: Artistic Research (research MA)

Previous education: The Research Master’s in Artistic Research is open to all students with a Bachelor’s diploma from the UvA, or a recognised equivalent from another accredited university in: - Cultural Studies - Art History - Media and Culture - Musicology - Theatre Studies Prospective students with a BA in one of the aforementioned disciplines will still need to show that they have both experience and knowledge of artistic practice. Applicants with Bachelor's degrees in art studies and/or fine arts are encouraged to apply. Students with an academic background in art studies must have experience in art practice or be able to demonstrate a relation between their academic work and practice. Students with a fine arts background and no art studies experience can be asked to complete an academic preparatory programme first. The nature of this programme and the limited availability of research places at art institutes and companies means that only a small number of students can be accepted each year.

Language test: IELTS: average score 7 TOEFL: score 100 Cambridge Advanced English: score A2 Cambridge Proficiency in English: score B1

Written request: Students can apply from 1 December until 1 April by filling out the digital application form and uploading the necessary documents via the website of the Graduate School for Humanities (www.gsh.uva.nl).

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: A2
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: B1
  • IELTS overall band: 7
  • IELTS listening: 7
  • IELTS reading: 7
  • IELTS writing: 7
  • IELTS speaking: 7
  • TOEFL internet based: 100

Work Experience for Arts and Culture: Artistic Research (research MA)

No work experience is required.

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