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.

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Elijah Rankin, Student Ambassador Arts and Heritage

Elijah Rankin is from the United States of America, he has a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies from the University of Minnesota (USA) and decided to come to Maastricht for the master’s programme Arts and Heritage. “After my bachelor’s degree I took some time off to enjoy a break and to make up my mind about my future. During that time I worked for the Walker Art Center for Contemporary Art in Minneapolis which gave me my first experience with interdisciplinary programming. When researching master’s programmes I looked at several English-taught programmes in the arts and culture field in Europe, because I definitely wanted to go back to Europe after my experiences as an exchange student in Paris. Friends of mine spoke highly of Maastricht University and when I looked at this master’s programme I was attracted by the international perspective on arts and heritage, and the extremely international focus in general. This is an area with a lot of contemporary art engagement, and lots of young people doing very interesting things.”

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Elijah Rankin, Ambassador Arts and Heritage 2017-2018

“This programme really provides purpose and will offer me plenty of career perspectives.”

  • “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
  • Together with my internship supervisor, I developed a family game for a large exhibition of Dutch and Belgian design
    Floor Vierenhalm (The Netherlands), Arts and Heritage


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