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UTRECHT: gateway to THE multi-faceted FIELD oF ART HISTORY

Our specialised and intensive 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 expertise

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 Humanitiesthe 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 fifty museums and heritage institutions throughout Europe, the US, and Asia. You will have the opportunity to actively work on your career development.

After graduation

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, Städel Museum Frankfurt, Groeningemuseum Bruges, Royal Library Brussels, J. Paul Getty Museum Los Angeles, 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, and international universities, including Ghent University, KU Leuven, Paris Sorbonne, LMU Munich, Goethe University Frankfurt, 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, and Stedelijk Studies.

Admission

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.

  • Tijana Zakula, alumna Art History
    “In Utrecht I have learned how to do detective work and investigation into primary and secondary sources.”
  • Sander Karst, Alumnus Art History
    “During my Master’s I had the time to obtain thorough knowledge of my field of research and to read and discuss all the relevant key-publications.”

Summary

Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MA
  • Master's degree in: Arts & Culture (Research)
  • Programme: Art History of the Low Countries
Accreditation:
Accredited by the NVAO
Croho code:
60829
Language of instruction:
English
Part- or full-time status:
Full-time
Duration:
2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
120
Start of studies:
September
Application deadline:
  • Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 June 2019
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April 2019
Tuition fees:
Faculty:
Humanities
Graduate school:
Humanities