Art, Literature and Society

What critical role do artists, philosophers, writers and poets play in today’s society?  What is the point of art in public spaces? What can your role as a future student of culture mean to society? If you are passionate about such issues, the master’s programme in Art, Literature and Society could be the programme for you. The programme is aimed at critical and creative thinkers who have a large array of interests. As a graduate of this programme, you will have broad insights into modern day questions of national and international importance. You will also have experience conducting incisive debates and will be able to contribute to contemporary discussions surrounding art and literature.

You will get an MA in Arts and Culture with a specialisation in Art, Literature and Society.

Information for Dutch-speaking students

Instead of choosing the English taught master’s programme Art, Literature and Society, it is also possible to choose the master’s programme Kunst, Literatuur en Samenleving where you follow the academic skills trainings in Dutch and write your essays and master’s thesis in Dutch.

For more information on this master, please check the programme website.

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Jenna Brende, Student Ambassador Art, Literature and Society

Jenna is from Nebraska, USA, has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and came to the Netherlands for a master’s programme on a Fulbright scholarship. “I had visited the Netherlands and Maastricht University during a study trip. I seriously considered Maastricht as a place to study. It is a quaint, cosy town, and very international. It seemed like a place where I could feel at home and I was very happy I was accepted in this master’s programme. My family is very proud of me, since I will be the first to obtain a master’s degree from overseas. I also looked at other programmes at FASoS but decided this master’s was the best fit with my bachelor’s degree in English literature. So far, I love it. It is structured but there is enough room for creativity and the classroom is very international. The Problem-Based Learning system is a great experience too. After I graduate, I would like to work in higher education, perhaps as a university counsellor, to help students in humanities decide what to do in their life.”

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Jenna Brende, Ambassador Art, Literature and Society 2019-2020

“I have a passion for the educational side of social justice, which will also be the topic of my first essay.”

Master's Open Day March 2019


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Experience Maastricht University: find out more about one of the most international universities in Europe, immerse yourself in your programme of choice, and explore our beautiful city. The next Master’s Open Day is on Saturday 21 November 2020.

  • “This programme offers me so many options for a future career in art, literature or the public world, either by doing research, writing or publishing.”
    Anaïs Alvarado
  • It’s inspirational to look at the world from different angles while keeping an open eye to what’s happening around you.
    Felix Quarnström, Student Ambassador Art, Literature and Society 2017-2018
  • “This is an inspiring environment with like-minded people where I can pursue my own interests.”
    Beata Stolnykh, Student Ambassador Art, Literature and Society 2016-2017
  • Everybody in my class comes from a completely different background and it helps you see things from different perspectives
    Nina Paszkowski, Art, Literature and Society
  • I’m less quick to judge these days
    Vilja Bemelen (The Netherlands), Art, Literature and Society


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