Why this Study programme

Arts, Culture and Society

The Master’s program Art, Culture and Society prepares you for a vital role in all areas of the arts and culture sector, from theatre to museums to film and festivals, allowing you to take your degree not only across artistic fields, but around the globe. You don’t sell the tickets, you run the show! 

Five reasons to choose Arts, Culture and Society at the EUR

  • The programme employs an international approach that integrates present-day modes of production, distribution and consumption of arts and culture beyond and across national cultural boundaries. 
  • You 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. 
  • You are taught the skills to advise and assist cultural organizations with their knowledge of marketing and understanding of public tastes and motivations. 
  • According to Times Higher Education, EUR is one of the 200 most international universities of the world. This means encountering lecturers and students from all over the world. 
  • Studying in Rotterdam means studying in a city with many museums, music- and film festivals. Hence, the ideal city to build a professional network.   

A word from

Judith Ensel

Alumnus Arts, Culture and Society (2006)

The master was meant to deepen my knowledge, but was also a next step in my career.
The master was meant to deepen my knowledge, but was also a next step in my career.
  • Education: Leisure Management (BA); Arts, Culture and Society (MA)
  • Graduated in: 2006
  • Current job: Coordinator and Policy Advisor at Art-fact

“This master has given me a broader perspective on arts and culture, from which I can still benefit every day. When I started this master, I already worked at the Academy for Leisure, where I was involved with the cultural sector. The master was meant to deepen my knowledge, but was also a next step in my career. It made me more curious and made me realize that there never is just one solution or one way to go. Right now I am still doing courses to deepen my knowledge, because you can never learn enough about arts and culture.”

Critical attitude

“Thanks to the master I developed a vision on the function of culture and culture policy in our society. Besides that I learned how to research sources to come up with ideas, statements or working methods. I also got my critical attitude for a great part from this study.”

Culture participation

“When I decided to go look for work after I graduated, I found a job within three months as a policy officer at the department of culture from the city of Schiedam. It was my first job application and I got the job right away! In the mean time I have been working as coordinator and policy advisor at Art-fact in Tilburg for eight years. I work on the implementation of policy on culture participation, including amateur’s art, community art and art education outside of school.”

Ilse van de Kamp

Alumnus Arts, Culture and Society (2013)

It is nice to look at trends and movements in the cultural sector from a distance.
It is nice to look at trends and movements in the cultural sector from a distance.
  • Education: Leisure Management (BA) & Arts, Culture and Society (MA)
  • Graduated in: 2013
  • Current job: Program Producer at Pakhuis de Zwijger

“After I finished my bachelor in Leisure Management, I didn’t feel quite ready to start working. Also I wanted to deepen my knowledge about the cultural sector. A master was a logical choice. I had to do a premaster first, since I did my bachelor at a university of applied sciences (HBO). I ended up in a class with ten different girls, who came from similar bachelors. After that year we finished the master together. I am still in touch with a lot of them.”

From internship to real job

“I graduated during the economic crisis which had also had a lot of impact on the cultural sector. It was immediately clear that finding a job would be very difficult. That’s why I chose to do an internship for six months at the Dutch cultural platform Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. After my internship they offered me a job. I still work there as a program producer for the programming of the theme Creative Industries and our movie programming and I am still enjoying it. Together with my team and different partners like the Dutch Design Week, the Wim Crouwel Institute and World Press Photo we develop programs in the areas of design, architecture, entrepreneurship and photography. During my master I improved my writing skills significantly, from which I still benefit in my current job. Besides that it is nice to look at trends and movements in the sector from a distance, the so-called helicopter view. At the Pakhuis we are some sort of radar for new talent and extraordinary ideas and initiatives. The helicopter view is helpful in doing that.”

World outside university

“What I’d like to say to current and future students is: work hard and enjoy all the information you get to consume and all the reading you have to do. But also, don’t forget that there is a world outside the university. At HBO I got stimulated in thinking about my future at the labour market and about my own talents. They didn’t talk much about that stuff at the university and I saw a lot of students struggling with that when they were looking for a job. My tip is to visit as much readings, exhibitions and expositions as you can during your studies. That is where the making happens and where your future network is present.”

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