Career opportunities

Career opportunities Master Arts, Culture & Society

Rapid change necessitates a new type of cultural professional with an advanced, critical approach to arts and culture’s role in both the local environment and global economy. With a Master’s degree from Erasmus University’s Arts and Culture Studies program, you will learn the skills required to be leader in this new era for the arts and culture sector. The master programme, Arts, Culture and Society is ideally suited to true culture lovers who wish to turn their passion into a career. The programme prepares you for management, policy or communication positions with companies and cultural institutions such as museums, theatre companies and orchestras, broadcasters and publishers. But even if your ambition is a policy or management position with the government or a role in academic education and research then this master is an excellent choice.

Career opportunities Master Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship 

The Master’s programme Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship at Erasmus University Rotterdam will jumpstart your career as a cultural economist. You can work for cultural organisations, developing new marketing strategies or initiating sponsor contracts. You may end up working at government agencies, rethinking new copyright laws or tax incentives to stimulate private funding of the arts. You can also be hired as a journalist, policy maker, PR advisor, manager of a cultural organization 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.

Career opportunities Master Place, Culture and Tourism

Over the past decades, tourism has grown into one of the global economy’s most important industries, providing for almost 10 percent of all the jobs worldwide. As the middle-classes in rapidly developing countries rise and it becomes cheaper to travel across the globe, more people than ever before are enjoying the pleasures (and pains) of tourism. Consequently, culture and place identity have become important assets for making oneself visible on the global stage. An increasing number of people are traveling to experience other ways of living.Because of these developments, the industry is eagerly looking for ways to cater to all the diverse interests and needs of tourists. On the other hand, public and private organizations are also trying to find a balance between economic profits and the cultural values of local communities, for example by safeguarding the living conditions of indigenous communities.

As a graduate of this programme, you will be an in-demand professional with a sensitivity to the interplay between culture, economics, media, society and tourism. Your broad theoretical knowledge will make you an eligible candidate for many positions, including but not limited to: city marketer, policy maker, consultant or researcher. Many organizations are looking for candidates like you, such as governments, film commissions, museums, festivals and travel companies. Also, you can start your own business in the field of cultural and/or media tourism.

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.