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Arts and Culture: Museums and Collections

The specialisation “Museums and Collections” is part of the Master Arts and Culture

In our global society, the status and importance of museums, collections and heritage as key factors of our identities and cultures are undisputed. The museum’s present day influential role in the shaping of knowledge and identity should be understood in its historical context and the underlying social, political, ethical and intellectual structures.

In this specialisation students will study and experience the history of collection formation as well as crucial themes concerning museums today.

The structure of the programme is the following:

  • Practices and Debates (5 EC)

  • Two Research Seminars (20 EC) from the specialisation ‘Museums and Collections’

  • Free Component (10 EC)

  • Thesis Seminar (5 EC)

  • Thesis (20 EC)


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Obligatory courses

Practices and Debates in Art History (Master) 5
Thesis Seminar Arts and Culture 5
Free Component 10
MA Thesis Arts and Culture 20

Choose two of the following Research Seminars:

Cultures of Collecting: Early Modern Cultures of Collecting 10
Museum Matters I: Politics and Ethics of Museum Collecting 10
Museum Matters II: Curating Collections 10
Looted Art and Restitution: History, Theory and Policy 10

Free Component (10 EC)

You can choose any course offered within the MA Arts and Culture, a course on an Arts and Culture subject taught in another MA or an approved Internship. If you choose to take a course on an Arts and Culture subject taught in another MA, you need permission of the Board of Examiners. Suggestions

The Visual and Material Culture of Exchange in Asia and Europe, 1500-1800 10
Internship Arts and Culture 10

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Course objectives

  • to enable students to acquire academic knowledge, understanding and skills, and train them in the use of scientific methods in the field of Arts and Culture in general, and in particular with regard to the chosen specialisation;

  • to enable students to develop the following academic and professional skills:

  • independent academic reasoning and conduct,

  • the ability to analyse complex problems,

  • academic reporting;

  • to prepare students for an academic career and further education;

  • to prepare students for a career outside academia.


The structure of the programme is the following:

  • Practices and Debates (5 credits);

  • Two Research Seminars from the chosen specialisation in the master’s programme in Arts and Culture (20 credits);

  • Free Component (10 credits);

  • Thesis Seminar (5 credits);

  • Thesis (20 credits).

Full-time and part-time

The programme consists of 60 EC, to be completed in one year.
Part-time students complete the programme in 1,5 years, they will have a course load of 20 EC per semester. Courses are scheduled during office hours.

Requirements for graduation:

Requirements for graduation are:

  • Successful completion of courses, following the structure of the programme (40 EC)

  • Successful completion of MA Thesis (20 EC)

Students need to complete at least 45 EC within their field of specialization:

  • 2 Research seminars in field of specialisation (20 EC);

  • Thesis seminar (5 EC);

  • Thesis (20 EC).


The specialisations are:

  • Art and Architecture before 1800

  • Museums and Collections

  • Art of the Contemporary World and World Art Studies