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.

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Alejandra Murillo Sosa, Student Ambassador Arts and Heritage

“After my bachelor’s, I volunteered for six months in the European Art Museum in Mexico-City. I then started to work for an architect firm. After half a year, I got a call from the museum and I was hired as an assistant to the exhibit designer. When the exhibit designer left, I got promoted, even though I was only 24 at the time. I stayed for another four years, until I felt I had learned all I could. After another short interval at an architect firm I was hired as an exhibit designer by the National Museum for Arts in Mexico.
I started to research master’s programmes, because I felt I missed in-depth knowledge on how art and culture function, about management and policies and relationships between museums and society. Having travelled to the Netherlands many times, I was impressed by the quality of life and level of happiness here. I chose this 1-year programme because of the focus on policies and politics and the Problem-Based Learning system at Maastricht University. Since I had to do a pre-master’s before starting my master’s, I was already familiar with this education system.
My dream is to continue studying and apply for a PhD during which I want to conduct research in policies in arts and culture as a tool to be more inclusive. There is a lot of potential for arts institutions to be more inclusive. I would also like to teach in an environment like I’m experiencing now in Maastricht, and encourage people to be more open.”

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Alejandra Murillo Sosa, Ambassador MA Arts and Heritage

“I would like arts institutions to be more inclusive. It’s my dream to contribute to that, hopefully through research in a PhD position.”

Alejandra, 30 years old, is from Mexico and has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the university of Mexico-City.

UM Campus Tour

Are you about to start your Master's programme at Maastricht University? Our UM Campus Tour offers prospective students who wish to start in September 2021 the opportunity to explore the city, our faculty buildings and facilities for students. Discover and learn what it is like to live and study in our vibrant city.

Kickstart your career at our Master's Open Day

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 20 November 2021.

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Pre-master's programme

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.

  • “With Problem-Based Learning you get used to a daily workload, which is preparing you for your working life later on.”
    Zoë Rivas Zanello, Student Ambassador Arts and Heritage 2019-2020
  • “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

Study at FASoS during COVID-19

FASoS HvT achterzijde

The past year the world has been dominated by the covid-19 crisis. The impact of the coronavirus on society has been huge and special measures have been taken to ensure a safe and healthy environment. We understand that in these uncertain times it is difficult to assess what the academic year looks like. These uncertainties logically raise many questions: How about safety in Maastricht? What does 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.

Education at FASoS remains online for the remainder of the academic year 2020-2021. Please visit our information page for more details.


  • 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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