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The award
MA

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 11500

All study options

About Art History at University of Groningen

Do you want to be well prepared for a career in the world of the Visual Arts? The Master Program in Art History offers all the knowledge and expertise that you need.

The one-year Master Program in Art History offers courses inWestern art from the late Middle Ages to the present. The programis committed to historical as well as theoretical depth. Studentsare also trained with an eye to their post-graduate careerprospects. We offer internships in major museums throughout theNetherlands and abroad, as well as an excursion to a major Europeanmetropolis.

Wil je je goed voorbereiden op een carrière in de wereld van de beeldende kunst? Onze opleiding biedt je bij uitstek de kennis en expertise die daarvoor nodig zijn.

De eenjarige mastertrack Kunstgeschiedenis is een van de vijftracks binnen de masteropleiding Kunst- enCultuurwetenschappen.
In dit programma bestudeer je de geschiedenis en hetmaatschappelijk functioneren van oude, moderne en hedendaagsekunst. Je analyseert en interpreteert kunstwerken en jebestudeert ze binnen hun bredere, veelal museale context.Verder leer je tijdens de stage om je opgedanekennis toe te passen in andere instellingen dan uitsluitendmusea. Denk bijvoorbeeld aan de kunsthandel en -uitleen,kunstveilingen en in de media. Minstens zo belangrijk is dat je jeverdiept in de theorie en historiografie van het vaken leert daar kritisch op te reflecteren.
De mastertrack in Groningen kent twee zwaartepunten. Enerzijds ligtde focus op de Italiaanse en Nederlandse beeldende kunst uit deperiode 1400-1700. Anderzijds kun je je specialiseren ophet terrein van de twintigste-eeuwse en hedendaagse kunst enkunstkritiek. Materialen en toegepaste technieken zijn eenterugkerend thema. Tijdens het programma kun je deelnemen aaneen excursie naar het buitenland, naar Rome of Berlijn.

After your studies

Job prospects

Our Department's graduates pursue a wide variety of jobs andprofessions, ranging from cultural policy makers, academics, museumstaff, and the art market.

Beeldende kunst in zijn algemeenheid is van grote betekenis inonze huidige samenleving. Dagelijks worden musea overstroomd meteen miljoenenpubliek. Afhankelijk van je specialisatie ennatuurlijk je eigen interesses zijn er veel mogelijkheden.Afgestudeerden op het terrein van de Oude of de Moderne enhedendaagse kunst werken dan ook in uiteenlopende beroepen.

Na een afgeronde studie Kunstgeschiedenis kun je jekunsthistoricus noemen. Je hebt met je titel een veelzijdigeopleiding achter de rug, met veel kennis van kunstwerken,kunstenaars, hun opdrachtgevers, het werkveld, de praktijk en hetpubliek. De functies en werkzaamheden lopen sterk uiteen.Afgestudeerden werken vanouds in musea, ze verzorgen de collecties,maken tentoonstellingen, stellen educatieve programma's samen. Ofze werken in de media, voor kunstprogramma's, schrijvenkunstkritieken of ze werken bij een uitgeverij. Ook gemeentelijke,provinciale of rijksdiensten zijn kunsthistorici werkzaam, inbeleidsfuncties of uitvoerend, bijvoorbeeld in erfgoedbeheer. Juistin de laatste jaren is er enorm veel aandacht gekomen voor hetcultuurhistorisch erfgoed en de maatschappelijke betekenis daarvan(cultuurtoerisme). Daar zijn mensen nodig die kunst in al haaraspecten op een aansprekende manier naar voren kunnen brengen.

Job examples

  • Galeriehouder
  • Kunstconsultant
  • Beleidsmedewerker Cultuur bij (lokale) overheid
  • Conservator
  • Medewerker educatie museum
  • Medewerker PR museum
  • Tentoonstellingsmaker
  • Medewerker veilinghuis
  • Journalist
  • Inkoper bedrijvencollecties
  • Redacteur
  • Docent
  • Cultuurhistorisch toerisme
  • Restaurator
  • Monumentenzorg
  • Wetenschappelijk medewerker
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 11500

Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

Non-EU/EEA

€ 11500 per year

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Art HistoryUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Art HistoryAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items).ERK level B2 (preferably C1). Students who acquired a bachelor's degree certificate from an English-taught degree programme will automatically meet the language requirements.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items).ERK level B2 (preferably C1). Students who gained a bachelor's degree certificate from an English-taught degree programme, will automatically meet the language requirements.

previous education

Bachelordiploma Kunstgeschiedenis.

Studenten met een WO- of HBO-bachelordiploma in een verwanterichting (bijv. BA Kunsten, Cultuur en Media of HBO-kunstopleidingof breed minorpakket Kunstgeschiedenis) kunnen worden toegelaten.Zij dienen daartoe contact op te nemen met de toelatingscommissieKunstgeschiedenis.

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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