Study programme

Curating Art and Cultures

Programme overview

The Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures aims to foster academically-trained curators with a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and disciplinary concepts, as well as practical aspects surrounding the collecting and display of objects of art and culture. The programme also offers you the unique opportunity to gain the skills and experience of the curatorial practice by means of a year-long internship at one of the country's leading museums or cultural institutions.

Programme structure

The Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures is a two-year professional programme comprising 120 ECTS credits:

  • 24 ECTS Core courses
  • 18 ECTS Electives
  • 60 ECTS Internship
  • 18 ECTS Thesis

Core courses

Central to the Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures are two, two-part core modules that explore the historical and theoretical aspects of museum collecting and display, as well as the theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary (museum) curating.


In addition to these core courses, you will have the opportunity to delve deeper into your field of interest by following two electives in a range of disciplines, including art or cultural history, archaeology, anthropology, and cultural or media studies.


The internship is the heart of the Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures. Starting in the second semester, you will commence a year-long work placement at one of the programme’s partner museums or cultural institutions. Under the supervision of curatorial professionals, you will gain first-hand experience of the roles and responsibilities of the curator today, including presentation and exhibition making, registration and documentation, art handling, restoration and conservation, research and communication and acquisition policy.

Students enrolled in a Dual Master's programme are entitled to student grants and loans for the taught part of the programme. Learn more at:


To complete the Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures programme, you will devise a thesis project that demonstrates your ability to independently conduct, organise and defend your own academic research.

The Master's thesis reports on research carried out under the supervision of an academic staff member involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser. The subject of your thesis is a topic that pertains to one of the programme’s various disciplines and may correspond to a project from your curatorial internship. It will be supervised by a member of the academic staff specialised in your disciplinary field of interest. If you already have a thesis topic in mind, please take this into consideration when registering for the programme at either the UvA or VU.


The programme also includes a five-day excursion to Berlin or London, which will bring students into contact with practices outside of the Netherlands.

Detailed course information

For detailed course information, please see the UvA Course Catalogue (link below).

Credit Transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a Research Master's programme. Once students are admitted to the Research Master's, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.

Published by  Faculty of Humanities

25 January 2018