Minor Arts and Culture Studies

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Have a look behind the scenes in the world of art and culture. How is art produced? Who are stakeholders? Which changes take places (in society and art) and how doe these affect the art (world)?

Offered byErasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC); Arts and culture Studies
Other programmes contributing to the minor:not applicable
Access:See admissions matrix


The minor Arts and Culture Studies offers a broad overview of the world around arts and culture. We look at the stakeholders in the arts world, the relations and the (often unexplicit) rules valid in this arts world. This minor has a strong international character, and looks at the role of both Government and Market. Besides there is a focus on the side of the audience, and both traditional ‘high art’ as popular art are being dealt with – from opera to street art and all that is in between.

Learning objectives

After completing the minor students should have a wide-ranging knowledge and critical understanding of theory, history and the practice of the world of arts and culture, in the Netherlands as well as internationally. They are familiar with the academic thinking about relations between art and society, and are able to apply relevant theoretical concepts from within art and cultural sociology in the arts and culture practice.

Specific characteristics

Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential. We advise a VWO-final examination grade of 7 or higher, a TOEFL-test minimum score of 100 or an IELTS-test minimum score of 7.


Maximum number of students that can participate in the minor: 30
Minimum number of students that can participate in the minor: 10

Overview modules

This minor consists of a general introduction course Art, Culture and History. A couple of the main themes of this course will return in Art, Culture and Society; as well as in the course The Art of Filmmaking.

Module 1: Art, culture and History 

  • Code: CC9001
  • ECTS: 5
  • Content: The aim of this course is to present to non-arts students an introduction to the historical development of (Western-)European art and culture from the late Middle Ages onwards. We question how developments of the past have resulted in the art world as we know it today. Students will be able to reflect on these developments and the context in which they took place, and be able to identify and discuss important works of art/art movements in visual arts, architecture, literature, music, and philosophy.
  • Teaching method: Lectures
  • Teaching materialsl: Janetta Rebold Benton & Robert DiYanni (2012) Arts and culture. An introduction to the humanities. Volume Two, Fourth Edition. Boston: Prentice Hall.
  • Communication: via Blackboard
  • Contact hours: 8 weeks, 2 hours per week

Module 2: Art, Culture and Society

  • Code: CC9002
  • ECTS: 5
  • Content: This course provides an introduction to the sociology of culture and the arts as a scientific discipline. The goal is to familiarize students with the social character of the production, distribution and appreciation of art and cultural products by applying relevant theoretical sociological concepts and approaches to the practice of the art and cultural sectors.
  • Teaching method: Seminar
  • Teaching material:: Victoria Alexander Sociology of the Arts, Exploring Fine and Popular Forms (2003). ISBN10: 0631230408; (ISBN: 139780631230403)
  • Communication: via Blackboard
  • Contact hours: 8 weeks, 2 hours per week

Module 3: the art of filmmaking

  • Code: CC9010
  • ECTS: 5
  • Content: When studying art and culture, film is one cultural discipline that demands our attention. In all its diversity, film is an extremely popular art form. It constitutes a major multi-million dollar industry and its stories, characters, and taglines have found their way into mainstream culture. In this course, we explore the art of filmmaking from various academic perspectives. We discuss the historical development of the film industry, and the characteristics of contemporary film production. We look at film content and analysis. Finally, we consider the reception and valuation of film by different audience segments.As this is an elective course within the International Bachelor Arts and Culture Studies, all course lectures, materials, and communication will be in English. Minor students are allowed to write assignments in Dutch.
  • Teaching method: Lectures
  • Teaching material: will be announced
  • Communication: via Blackboard
  • Contact hours: 8 weeks, 2 hours per week


Assessment courses

Student should finalize each course with a sufficient grade; compensation is not possible

Assessment methods

Module 1: Art, Culture and History: Assignments and written exam

Module 2: Art, Culture and Society: weekly written assignments and Final essay

Module 3 “The Art of Filmmaking”: Written exam


There will be a possibility to view the corrected exams. Essays with corrections and feedback will be returned to the students.

Contact information 


Prof.dr. C.J.M. van Eijck
Phone.: (010) 408 2461 
Room: L2-016

Faculty website

Broadening minor
10 weken
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
Studiepunten (ECTS)
Campus Woudestein, Rotterdam


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