Why this programme?
The master’s programme in Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education examines the concepts of ‘heritage’ and ‘art’ as expressions of both past and present culture. You will develop insights into these key concepts and how their meaning has changed throughout history. You will evaluate and debate issues related to appreciation, interpretation, use, management and policy. The programme will also teach you academic skills and professional skills in the practical organisation and development of artistic projects in the context of cultural management.
English or Dutch?
This one-year master’s programme is also offered in Dutch: Kunst, Cultuur en Erfgoed. The Dutch programme and the English programme have a large number of common activities for both tracks.
This video gives you a short impression of the Master’s programme Arts & Heritage
Video impression of our yearly field trip to Amsterdam
Video impression of our yearly field trip to Berlin
What will you learn?
You will study the time-, place- and group-dependent definitions of art, culture and cultural heritage, and you will learn how these differences translate into different cultural practices. You will also gain a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of cultural policy, conservation, management, marketing, interpretation, presentation and education in arts and heritage.
During the programme, you will gain insights into different scientific approaches to these cultural practices and you will be familiarised with the most important theories, concepts and research methods from art history, history, museology, cultural sociology and the economics of arts and culture.
From day one of this programme, you will be challenged with differing viewpoints and experiences as you interact with staff and students from all over the world. More than 90% of the students in this master’s programme in the academic year 2017/2018 came from outside the Netherlands and represent on average 21 different nationalities. Such diversity creates an international atmosphere that is strengthened by the international orientation of the programme. To further increase your international profile, you can choose to do an internship or complete a project abroad during the second semester.
As with many Maastricht University programmes, this programme is taught using Problem-Based Learning (PBL). In tutorial groups of 12 to 15 students, you will seek solutions to concrete ‘problems’ taken from situations involving current issues in arts and heritage. Instructors act as facilitators, giving help as it is needed. This allows you to develop the independence and problem-solving skills that you will need in the field, such as the ability to:
- Evaluate and structure information
- Present your viewpoint
- Work in an international team
- Conduct and chair discussions
- Formulate a working plan to deal with a problem at hand
Seminars & guest lectures
You will also participate in seminars and guest lectures, in which experts discuss their knowledge of specific facts, concepts and theories as well as their experiences in professional practice.
You will not only develop expertise in theory, but will also receive training in professional skills such as:
- Cultural policy analysis and evaluation
- Cultural management
- Arts marketing
- Writing and assessing artistic plans
- Fundraising and applying for grants
- Festival programming
- Arts and museum education
Site visits & study trips
Trips to art institutions, heritage sites, museums, government agencies, etc. will enable you to widen your experience with professional practice and to apply what you have learned in the Arts and Heritage curriculum. Maastricht is ideally located for study trips in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France.
Customise your education
The programme also offers great scope for personal development and specialisation during the second semester. You can choose to take electives, do a project or undertake an internship.
You can select a number of electives to build a strong professional profile in a specific area. You can choose from courses at Maastricht University or at other Dutch or international universities. In Maastricht, you can take courses such as:
- The Art Market
- Creative Cities
- Cultural Education
- The Politics of (Collective) Memory
- Collection Management and Conservation
We also have strong ties in the arts and cultural sector, both in the Netherlands and abroad, which offers you a wide variety of project and internship opportunities. You will conclude your final semester by writing a thesis or report on your project or internship.
Students have done internships at:
- Art Institute of Chicago
- Guggenheim Museum, New York
- National Palace Museum, Taipei
- Sotheby’s, London, Cologne, Brussels & Melbourne
- UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Paris
- Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
- Kulturprojekte, Berlin
- Guangdong Modern Dance Company, China
PREMIUM honours programme
Want to gain that extra edge by getting real-world experience during your studies? The PREMIUM honours programme will help you gain the experience and develop the skills employers are looking for. As part of a team of students and under the guidance of our academic staff, you’ll spend about three months working on a real-world assignment for a company, NGO or educational institution. You'll also work on a personal development plan, receive intensive individual coaching and attend master classes and workshops. All of this will take about 250 hours, but it will give you a lifetime of benefits.
Are you up for the PREMIUM challenge?
The master's programme in Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education is unique because it:
- Establishes effective links between theory and practice
- Allows you to customise your own programme
- Truly international: 47 students in the 2017/18 programme come from 22 different countries
- Is one of the top 15 Arts and Cultural Management programmes in the world
- Has academic staff who are very engaged and students highly value the quality of teaching