Arts and Culture - Art Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #55 (BCR) ,
The two-year Research Master's Art Studies is an intensive academic programme that enables you dig deeper into the part of the (art)world that interests you most.


The multitude of theatres, galleries, museums and concert venues put Amsterdam at the very heart of arts and culture in the Netherlands. The two year Research programme Art Studies lets you dig deeper into the part of the (art)world where your interests lie most. It is an intensive academic programme that gives you the freedom to follow your own line of study.

Students submit a research proposal before the start of the programme. This, along with discussions with the programme director, forms the basis for the course of study. In the research proposal, students write down their ideas for tutorials, a thesis and the three electives they wish to take. The electives can be chosen from the programmes Cultural Studies (Algemene cultuurwetenschappen), Art History (Kunstgeschiedenis), Music Studies (Muziekwetenschap) and Theatre Studies (Theaterwetenschap). All students attend three core courses, which provide a theoretical background in Art Studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Core Module 1: Art Studies within and across the Humanities
  • Block 1-2: Master's Program Elective
  • Research Master Art Studies Tutorial 1
  • Core Module 2: Art, Affect and Knowledge in the Early Modern Period
  • Block 1-2: Master's Program Elective
  • Research Master Art Studies Tutorial 2
  • Core Module 3: Contemporary Concepts and Practices in the Arts
  • Thesis Project Art Studies
  • Research Master Art Studies Tutorial 3
  • Research Master's Thesis Art Studies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

The Research Master’s in Art Studies is open to all students with a Bachelor’s diploma from the UvA, or a recognised equivalent from another accredited university, in:

  • Cultural Studies

  • Book Studies and Palaeography

  • Art History

  • Theatre Studies

  • Musicology

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

  • International Applies to you

    10450 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10450 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1984 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1984 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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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.


Scholarships / Grants:

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