Culture Studies programs

The Culture Studies department within the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication has one bachelor's degree program and one master's degree program with two specializations.

Bachelor's degree program

International Bachelor Arts and Culture Studies

From 2014-2015 the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication will start the International Bachelor Arts and Culture Studies (IBACS) which is completely taught in English.

This program is the right study for people who want to know what goes on behind the scenes of the Arts and Culture sector. IBACS is a bachelor’s programme geared to those who wish to engage in depth with organization, communication and policy issues. The way arts and culture function in society, plays a central role in IBACS. Therefore, in the programme, significant attention is given to social developments, both past and present.

Master's degree program Arts and Culture Studies

Cultural Economics & Entrepreneurship

Creativity and entrepreneurship are leading themes in the cultural sector, as well as in the so-called new economy. The Master’s programme Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship in Rotterdam revolves around these themes.

Students acquire a solid background in cultural economics and research methods. They learn about the latest theoretical developments in the economics of art markets, cultural organizations, creative industries, marketing of cultural goods and about culture beyond markets.

The CEE Master is ranked 2nd in the world in 'Arts and Cutlural Management' (out of 46 programs) according to The program is ranked 1st in the Netherlands by Elsevier (out of 5 programs).

Arts, Culture and Society

From 2014-2015 the ESHCC will start a second specialisation within the master's degree program Art and Culture which will be completely taught in English: Arts, Culture and Society.

This program is unique because it employs an international approach that integrates present-day modes of production, distribution and consumption of arts and culture beyond and across national cultural boundaries. Students are trained to envision new possibilities and establish new models for the organization of arts and culture using cutting-edge insights on policy, marketing, audiences and education.