Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education

The master's programme in Arts and Culture focuses on culture in the making. Culture can refer to the products of intellectual and artistic creativity, such as scholarly and literary texts or works of art. It also indicates the cultural practices that shape the everyday life of people, and is expressed in their individual tastes and forms of associating with one another. Finally, culture is at the heart of the processes through which people explicate and contest ethical, aesthetic, and political meanings and values.

The specialisation Arts and Heritage, Policy, Management and Education, which you can choose to follow in English or Dutch, examines the concepts of ‘arts’ and ‘heritage’ as expressions of both past and present culture. You will develop insights into how the meanings, values and usages of art and heritage have transformed throughout modern history. You will also develop the knowledge and skills set needed to critically assess and contribute to the accessibility, diversity, authenticity and sustainability of current and future arts and heritage practices. You will investigate current challenges and opportunities in the field of arts and heritage suchs as decolonialism, the changing role of experts and expert knowledge, public participation, financialisation and digitalisation from an interdisciplinarity approach.

Instead of choosing the English taught specialisation Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education, it is also possible to choose the Dutch programme Kunst en Erfgoed where you follow several courses, including the academic skills training in Dutch and write your essays and master’s thesis in Dutch. In the programme Kunst en Erfgoed, the Dutch context is emphasized and placed within a larger international framework.

For more information, please check the programme website.

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Vasiliki Markou, Student Ambassador Arts and Heritage

“My long-term goal is to work as a cultural diplomat, but before that, I have the ambition to work as a policy advisor for a cultural organisation with a focus on protecting and preserving the culture and heritage of minorities. I believe that everyone’s culture is worth representing equally.

Maastricht University has a great worldwide reputation, and I loved the master’s programme from the moment that I found it. Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education is an intensive one-year programme in which we cover all the basics in the beginning, before selecting our elective courses. I like that in Problem-Based Learning we are working in small groups where we are encouraged to do our own research instead of just learning what the professors are telling us to study. This feels very much like the professional environment we will be working in, in the future.

Another reason to choose for Maastricht is its international character, as I always wanted to experience what it is like to study and live with students from all over the world. Maastricht is a vibrant city full of life with a lot of green spaces. On sunny days, my favourite place in Maastricht is the City Park because it is the perfect place for picnics or walks with your friends.”

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Vasiliki Markou, Student Ambassador Arts & Heritage 2021-2022

In Problem-Based Learning we are encouraged to do our own research instead of professors telling us what to study.”

Vasiliki comes from Greece and completed the bachelor’s programme in Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting at the Ionian University in Corfu.

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If you do not satisfy the admission requirements of this Master's programme you may be able to enrol in a Pre-master's course year. Check out the Pre-master information and learn more about the programme, the courses and the requirements.

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  • Master thesis prizes for FASoS students

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021

    Francesca Allievi (MA Arts & Heritage) and Marie Sophie Peffenköver (Research master European Studies) received the Thesis prize 2020.

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