Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education

What is the societal and academic significance of 'art', 'heritage' and 'culture'? Why do we value certain works of art, heritage or cultural practices and not others? How do different ways of interpreting and presenting the arts and cultural heritage affect our ideas about the past, present and future? If you are interested in finding the answers to questions like these, and you have a passion for art and cultural heritage, the master’s programme Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education might be the right choice for you.

In this programme, which you can choose to follow in English or Dutch, you will develop the academic and professional knowledge and skills you will need to become a policy maker, art manager, museum curator or educator. This internationally-oriented programme approaches art and cultural heritage from different perspectives. You will also have plenty of opportunities to concentrate on your specific areas of interest.

Information for Dutch-speaking students

Instead of choosing the English taught master’s programme Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education, it is also possible to choose the master’s programme Kunst, Cultuur 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, Cultuur en Erfgoed, the Dutch context is emphasized and placed within a larger international framework.

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

Study at FASoS during COVID-19

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The past few months the world has been dominated by the covid-19 crisis. The impact of the coronavirus on society has been huge and as some parts of the world are slowly re-opening their societies, it becomes clear that special measures need to be taken to ensure a safe and healthy environment.
We understand that in these uncertain times it is difficult to assess what the new academic year will look like. These uncertainties logically raise many questions: How about safety in Maastricht? What will education look like at FASoS? What can you expect from student life? We can't give a conclusive answer to all these questions, but we can try to help you as best we can.
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Zoë Rivas Zanello, Student Ambassador Arts and Heritage

Zoë was born in England but raised in Italy. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Trieste in Italy, and she decided to come to Maastricht for a Pre-master’s programme in Arts and Heritage followed by the master's programme. “I’ve always been interested in arts, even when I was still in school. I decided to follow my passion and applied for this master’s programme. I had been to the Netherlands some years ago. What fascinated me was the relaxed, friendly atmosphere, and the way people had meetings in the workplace. It all looked very informal, contrary to Italy where everything is so formal, also in the academic environment. I wanted to experience that for myself. I love the European approach and the multidisciplinary character of the programme. The combination of the academic and competitive level with the friendly, open, and collaborative atmosphere is unique. After my graduation, I would like to work in a contemporary arts field as a project manager or educator and in the future as a curator. Perhaps in London, as in the UK the museums and institutions are very independent and pioneering.”

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Zoë Rivas Zanello, Ambassador Arts and Heritage 2019-2020

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  • “Eventually I want to go back to Lithuania to make an impact there in the fields of Arts, Culture and Heritage. The country needs people like me.”
    Silvija Burbaité, Student Ambassador Arts and Heritage 2018-2019
  • It’s inspirational to look at the world from different angles while keeping an open eye to what’s happening around you.
    Elijah Rankin, Student Ambassador Arts and Heritage 2017-2018
  • “I want to be creative in my thinking, not falling into patterns. That’s why this environment suits me so well, also with the many different nationalities and cultures.”
    Naomi Eiro Dacal, Student Ambassador Arts and Heritage 2016-2017
  • "On the one hand, Arts and Heritage provides basic knowledge of management and marketing (which is definitely necessary in the cultural field), on the other hand, the program provides for the opportunity to choose from a wide range of more specific subjects, such as Curatorship or Creative Cities, and focus on the ones which interest you the most"
    Lukas Thüring (German), Arts and Heritage
  • Maastricht University was the perfect option, since it does not solely focus on academic side but also takes the practices into account. I was super delighted to have been accepted!"
    Honey Kraiwee (Thai), Arts and Heritage
  • I am very happy about my choice, I see a lot of value in pairing the professors’ expertise with the international expertise that students bring into our lecture and tutorial sessions.
    Marie-Aimée Ishimwe Ntawukulityayo (Rwandan/Belgian), Arts and Heritage
  • I’m very happy with the program because it helped me to discover new methodologies and fields related to arts and culture which I never had the chance to explore before.
    Gabriel Noguera Vich (Spanish), Arts and Heritage


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