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Dual Master
Curating Art and Cultures (Heritage Studies)
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Application & admission

Every programme at the Graduate School of Humanities has its own entry requirements, application procedure and deadlines. Please be sure to carefully follow the steps below.

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    The application deadline for this selective Master's programme is 1 March 2022. After this date, an initial selection will be made. Only if any places remain available, the deadline may be extended, in which case students with a Dutch or other EU/EER nationality will be able to apply until 15 May 2022.

    Please note: if you are an applicant with an EU/EEA nationality and wish to apply for housing, you must submit your application by 1 March.

    If you are interested in a scholarship, you need to apply for both the Master's programme and the scholarship before 15 January. Learn more at:

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    The Master's programme in Curating Art and Cultures is open for application to students with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in:

    The humanities, with a minimum equivalent to a full-time semester of academic studies in art history, history, or cultural studies, or an academic concentration in design, fashion or media studies.

    For the specialisation Curating Art and Cultures an awareness of basic theoretical notions in museum studies or museology and previous internship experience are a plus.

    If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements, you are advised to get in touch with the programme coordinator before applying (See: Contact and Open Days).

    Hbo-bachelor not eligible

    It is not possible to apply to this programme with a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (hbo). We do not offer a preparatory programme (schakelprogramma) for this MA.

    Language requirements

    Master's students should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at an advanced academic level. Before starting your application in MyInfo,  make sure to check on the Graduate School of Humanities website whether you already meet the English language requirements or whether you may need to arrange to take an official English language test. In your MyInfo application, you may also need to upload an English language test score report which meets the English language requirements of the Graduate School Humanities.

    Additionally, the internship at a Netherlands-based museum or cultural institution is an integral component of the programme. Students applying to the programme should therefore also be able to demonstrate an understanding of Dutch before the start of the internship. Non-native Dutch-speaking students will be encouraged to take a Dutch course during the first six months of the programme. Please note that there are a limited number of English-only internships.

    Selection procedure

    The programme Curating Art and Cultures has two separate specialisations. Depending on which specialisation you wish to pursue, the application and selection procedure differs slightly.

    Specialisation Curating Art and Cultures
    The Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures is a competitive and professional programme that includes a year-long curatorial internship. Due to the limited number of internship placements (no more than eighteen per year), applicants must first undergo a three-round selection procedure before being admitted.

    In the first round of the selection procedure, the student’s application (consisting of the standard application documents) will be evaluated by a selection committee comprising the programme coordinators from the UvA and the VU, as well as additional academic staff. Applicants who have reached the second round will be asked to write an opinion piece regarding one of the participating museums or cultural institutions in the Netherlands, or an equivalent institution in their own country. Applicants progressing through to the final round will be invited for a (Skype) interview with the coordinators and curators. During the interview, candidates will be asked to further explain their motivation, reply to questions about their opinion piece and indicate what type of internship they envision.  Students will be informed of the final application decision by 15 May.

    Specialisation Arts of the Netherlands
    Arts of the Netherlands is a competitive and selective research programme that offers entrance to a maximum of fifteen outstanding students per year. The selection is based on merit, which will be determined on the basis of grades, undergraduate degree, general suitability for the programme, references and motivation.

    Applicants must demonstrate outstanding preparation in their BA studies and extracurricular activities, excellent grades,  a strong commitment to the programme’s mission and an ability to think and argue in clear, analytical and nuanced ways. In addition to the standard application documents, students are asked to submit a programme specific document (a writing sample).

    Grade average

    During the selection procedure preference will be given to students who have obtained at least the following grade average for the courses related to the programme you are pursuing:

    • 7.0 (Dutch system)
    • B/3.3  (American system)
    • 2.2 HONS (an upper second class honours degree in the British system)
    • C (ECTS-system)

    Students with lower grade averages are welcome to apply too, particularly those who obtained a sufficient grade average in the advanced phase of their prior education.

  • 4. Submit your application form in MyInfo

    After enrolling in Studielink, you will automatically receive an email with a link to your MyInfo UvA application form. To log in to MyInfo you need your UvAnetID. Please fill out the application form, upload the required documents and submit your MyInfo application form before the application deadline.

    Application fee

    All applicants holding a nationality outside the EU/EEA are required to pay an application fee of €100 per Studielink enrolment before submitting your MyInfo application form. You will find payment instructions on your application form.

    Application documents

    motivation form (PDF), a CV/resume, a programme-specific document (see below) and proof of English language proficiency.

    The programme Curating Art and Cultures has two separate specialisations. Please indicate on the motivation form which specialisation you intend to pursue.

    Programme-specific documents

    Specialisation Curating Art and Cultures
    In the first round, you do not yet need to upload a programme-specific document in MyInfo. Only applicants who reach the second round will be asked to hand in a programme-specific document (an opinion piece). These applicants will receive additional information after the first selection round.

    Specialisation Arts of the Netherlands
    Your application will be evaluated by a selection committee comprising the programme coordinator as well as additional academic staff.  Applicants are asked to submit a recent academic writing sample (no older than one year), in English, and no more than 2.500 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography. Writing samples will be assessed on the basis of research question, argumentation, analysis, language use and evidence of research skills. Students will be informed of the final application decision by 15 May.

    Please collect and prepare all necessary documents before starting your application. You can find detailed information and guidelines on the Graduate School of Humanities website:

 

After submitting your application

Because this is a selective programme, applications will be evaluated by the Admissions Board after the application deadline has passed.

If you are admitted to the programme, you will receive a letter of conditional acceptance. In order to proceed with your enrolment, you must accept this offer at your earliest convenience. Read more about the steps you need to take after (conditional) acceptance on the website of the Graduate School of Humanities: