Arts and Culture Studies

Master of Arts (MA) in Arts and Culture Studies

Work out new ways to promote creativity and cultural values while making a living. Understand how creative works are valued, and what distinguishes the stars from the wannabes.

Studying cultural economics, you will operate at the cutting-edge of social theory and prepare to leave your mark in the cultural sector. Students acquire a solid background in cultural economics and research methods. They learn about the latest advances in the economics of:

  • Art markets,
  • Cultural policy,
  • Cultural organizations and creative industries,
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation,
  • Marketing of cultural goods,
  • and about culture beyond markets.

In seminars, workshops and during fieldtrips you will apply what you learn to actual cases and develop your own interests and ideas.

Rotterdam hosts all types of cultural institutions and remains full of opportunity for newcomers. At Erasmus University you will work with leading experts and with students who have extensive practical experience. The programme is intimate and interactive. It is ranked among the very best in its field. You will prove that you can conduct sophisticated research and leave well prepared for a career in the cultural sector.

Why study a Master in Arts and Culture Studies in Rotterdam?

Why a Master in Arts and Culture Studies?

You will qualify as an excellent ‘knowledge worker’ with an edge regarding the cultural sector. You will extend on your research skills and develop a thorough understanding of social and economic aspects of arts and culture. In a group of highly qualified students, you will develop your own ideas and communicate them effectively. The program ranks among the very best of its type in the world, and Dutch academia offers excellent value for money.

Career opportunities Master in Arts and Culture Studies

Career opportunities Master in Arts and Culture Studies

Our students are particularly well prepared for positions in research, management, policy and communications in private businesses or in public institutions – especially in enterprises related to the arts, culture and creativity. The programme also stimulates the entrepreneurial spirit and many graduates set up their own enterprises.

Education objectives Master in Arts and Culture Studies

Education objectives Master in Arts and Culture Studies

You will acquire universally applicable, excellent skills related to the handling and interpretation of information. You will develop specific expertise regarding the socio-economics of the arts and culture, which will set you apart from other university graduates. You will develop a critical mindset and reflect on how to combine cultural and social values with running sustainable enterprises. You will also become better at communicating your original ideas.

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Target audience Master in Arts and Culture Studies

Target audience Master in Arts and Culture Studies

You should apply if you want to further develop your expertise in arts and culture, apply advanced research skills and make a strong and positive impact in the cultural sector. The program will be ideal for two types of students: first, those who are driven by an academic curiosity about the arts, cultural industries or economics; second, those who want to develop original and well-founded ideas about how to produce, sustain and disseminate culture.

Admission criteria Master in Arts and Culture Studies

Admission criteria Master in Arts and Culture Studies
  • Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies
  • Other Bachelor’s degrees (University level) with relevant experience in social sciences / economics and the cultural sector
  • Advanced English language skills (TOEFL 600 / 250 / 100 / OR IELTS 7.0)
  • Promising candidates who do not fulfill all admission requirements of the CEE Master can take up our effective Pre-Master program.

Application Master in Arts and Culture Studies

Application Master in Arts and Culture Studies

The application deadline for non EU/EEA students is 1 April and for EU/EEA students 1 May.
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Specialisation Master in Arts and Culture Studies

Please see below for information about the specialisation within this Master Programme. Whether a specialisation is offered full-time or part-time, is indicated accordingly.

Master specialisation

Full-time

Part-time

Arts, Culture and Society Full-time Part-time
Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship Full-time Part-time