From the past to the future and all around the world
What are ‘heritage’, ‘art’ and ‘culture’? Why do we value certain heritage, art works or cultural practices? How do different ways of interpreting and presenting the arts and cultural heritage affect the public, art works and our ideas of the past, present and future? Which professional skills are necessary to be a good art manager, policy maker, curator or educator? These issues and many more are addressed in Arts and Heritage, combining theory and practice.
Unique Selling Points
- effective links between theory and practice
- more than 20 nationalities represented in the student body
- students can custom build their own programme
- the programme is part of the top ten Arts and Cultural Management programmes in the world
- the academic staff is very engaged and students highly value the quality of teaching (Keuzegids 2012).
What is it?
This is a highly selective, interdisciplinary programme, aimed at graduates working or intending to work in the professional arts and heritage sectors. Around 70% of the participants come from abroad, representing on average over 20 different nationalities, and issues are approached from the perspectives of art history, history, museology, sociology and economics of art and culture and more. This variety in disciplinary, national and professional backgrounds enriches the programme and makes graduates highly attractive for employers.
The programme also offers great scope for personal development and specialisation.
Electives include i.e. Museum Curatorship, The Art Market, Creative Cities/Capitals of Culture, Culture and City Marketing, Visitor Research, Cultural Education, Art Criticism, Theory and Practice of Cultural Memory, Conservation of Contemporary Art, Cultural Biography, and European Cultural Policy.
In the second semester you can also choose to work on a project, either individually or in a group, or to do an internship. We have strong links in this sector and former students have interned at more than 120 different institutions and organisations such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Sotheby’s in London, Cologne, Brussels and Melbourne, UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Kulturprojekte Berlin and the Guangdong Modern Dance Company in China.
What will I learn?
In this programme you will:
- obtain a thorough understanding of theory and practice of cultural policy, conservation, management, marketing, interpretation, presentation and education in arts and heritage
- be trained in professional skills such as writing grant applications, presenting, arts marketing, project management, policy evaluation, etc.