UTRECHT: gateway to THE multi-faceted FIELD oF ART HISTORY
Our specialised and intensive Research Master's programme immerses you in traditional and innovative approaches to the history of art. Working in close connection with museums and heritage institutions in the Netherlands and abroad, you will acquire the theoretical insights and practical experience necessary for a career in academia or the museum world.
The programme is not limited to a single period or geographical area but singles out important developments in the field. It is structured such that you can pursue your personal interests. You are encouraged to critically reflect on the past as well as imagine new possibilities in the study of art history, material culture, and museums.
Our specialists cover the field from medieval to contemporary art, centered on Europe and the Netherlands in a global context. In addition to the core courses, focusing on technical, transcultural, and digital art history, you will explore subjects of your own choice. Utrecht allows you to benefit from the expertise of teachers and researchers across a wide spatial and historical range of material and visual culture, including the Heritage Lab, the Descartes Centre for the History of Science and the Humanities, the Institute for Cultural Enquiry, the Centre for Early Modern Studies and Centre for Medieval Studies. Our in-house heritage institution is Utrecht University Museum.
Read more about the teaching and research environment, including the personal interests of our faculty.
INTERNATIONAL HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE
The programme’s long-standing ties with major art museums and heritage institutions in the Netherlands and abroad ensure an integrated approach of theoretical and practical aspects. Dutch students often spend a semester in a major museum abroad while students from other countries usually intern at a major Dutch or Flemish museum. You may also choose to study at another university for one semester. Since the beginning of the Research Master's programme in 2004, our students have completed internships at more than fifty museums and heritage institutions, mostly in Europe. You will have the opportunity to actively work on your career development.
You will gain expertise in regard to objects of art and material culture that prepares you for a career in academia, museums, and other heritage institutions. This includes the practicalities of research design and fundraising.
Many of our graduates have accepted curatorial and research positions in, for instance, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam, Kunstmuseum, The Hague, Dordrechts Museum, Groeningemuseum Bruges, and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Santiago de Chile. Read more about possible career prospects.
Other graduates have continued with PhD programmes at Utrecht, Amsterdam, Groningen and international universities, including Ghent University, KU Leuven, LMU Munich, University of Konstanz, Princeton University, Harvard University, Columbia University, Northwestern University and University of Toronto.
If you envision the publication of your work, you may benefit from the network of our staff members, who are on the boards of many journals including Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art, Simiolus, Nuncius, History of Humanities, Prospettiva, Stedelijk Studies, and the Journal for the History of Knowledge.
Art History is a selective Master’s programme, with motivation and a passion for object-based research being the key criteria for selection. Do you want to know if you are eligible for this Master? Check the entry requirements or contact the Programme Coordinator for more information.