Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship
Study the business of art

Career opportunities for Master Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship

The Master’s programme Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship at Erasmus University Rotterdam will jumpstart your career in the cultural sector. You can work at the heart of (international) cultural organisations, government agencies, NGO's or SME's, developing new business strategies, as PR adviser or policy maker. You can also be hired as a journalist, consultant or teacher. Due to your ability to apply cutting edge economic theories to long-term cultural developments and trends, you are much sought-after in consultancies, private businesses as well as public institutions. The broad international and interdisciplinary scope of the Master’s programme will also give you job prospects in the field of NGOs and international non-profit institutions. Recently, the cultural sector has seen a rise in the amount of small businesses and freelancers specialized in a particular creative niche. The Master’s programme also stimulates the creative, entrepreneurial spirit, fully equipping you to start your own creative business.

Graduates’ employment

The most important areas of employment for our graduates are Arts & Entertainment or Media Production & Publishing. Other areas where many CEE graduates work are Marketing & Advertising, Communications & PR as well as Training, Consultancy & Research. Unemployment is extremely rare among our graduates.

Academic career

Graduates of the Master’s programme may be eligible for an abridged programme of the Research Master Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts, providing preparation for a PhD programme. The selection procedure for this master’s targets academically motivated and highly talented students.

If you want to know more about the possibilities to pursue a PhD at Erasmus University Rotterdam, you can download one of the brochures of the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities.

Career Days

During your Master’s programme you will already start to work towards a future in the labour market as a cultural scholar. Every year the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication organizes Career Days, where you can meet graduates and the companies and/or institutions where they are employed now. Furthermore, you meet institutions where you can conduct the research for your Master’s thesis. By doing your research within an institution, you already gain experience as a cultural economist in the labour market.

Arts and Culture Studies Alumni

Possible careers in the creative industries

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Besides my personal interest in this side of the sector, this master also seemed to be a good choice for my future career.
Annefleur Siebinga
Alumnus Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship, 2013
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I really believe the artistic and commercial world can enhance each other, so I always look for intriguing and innovative projects, intersecting on the border of art, communication and lifestyle.
Charlene Austin
Alumnus Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship, 2008
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