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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 Arts, Cognition and Criticism at University of Groningen

This track studies the role of the arts in culture from a multi-disciplinary perspective, drawing on cognitive sciences, hermeneutics, narrative & critical theory, discourse analysis & arts sociology.

As humans, we are constantly engaged in shaping and adjustingthe reality we live in, through all kinds of practices, such as:gossip, politics, religion, the sciences, and - the arts. Thecomplex process through which we negotiate and evaluate ourexperiences and world-views is what constitutes culture. This trackfocuses on the role of the arts in this process, now, in the past,and in the future.

The profile and strength of this track lie in its combination ofanalytic and critical frameworks. Students develop a keentheory-based insight into the role of the arts in culture'scognitive and social dynamics, alongside hands-on capacities for the analysis and critical interpretation of concrete cases: theways in which a particular art work articulates individual orsocial identities, dilemma's or aspirations; debates raised bycontroversial art; or changes in political and social conditionsthat affect our conceptions and evaluation of art.

Our enthusiastic and internationally recognized staff andexcellent connections to arts and culture institutions, make thisan attractive track for students who want to work in the arts andculture field and/or to pursue their research.

This track studies the role of the arts in culture from a multi-disciplinary perspective, drawing on cognitive sciences, hermeneutics, narrative & critical theory, discourse analysis & arts sociology.

Culture can be understood as a complex cognitive process throughwhich humans articulate and negotiate their individual andcollective consciousness, identities, values and understanding of the world. The arts have always played an important part in thisprocess.

The interdisciplinary Arts, Cognition and Criticismtrack focuses on how culture is transmitted, innovated andcritiqued through the arts, with course topics such as: the artsand reflective imagination; value-negotiation through storytelling;or social and political functions of the arts. Students are trainedin methods from the cognitive sciences, hermeneutics, narrative andcritical theory, discourse analysis and art sociology. They developa keen theory-based insight into the role of the arts in culturaldynamics, and hands-on capacities for critical analysis andinterpretation of art-works, debates and developments in the arts,in connection to their social background.

Our enthusiastic staff has an international research reputationand excellent connections to arts and culture institutions. Thismakes this an attractive track for students who want to work orpursue their research in the arts and culture field.

After your studies

Job prospects

Writing and reflecting on the role of the arts in culture is acore competence trained in this framework, as it is required formost relevant professional contexts for our alumni. Alumni of ourprogram have found jobs in a wide array of fields. Some have acquired PhD grants.

Other employment possibilities include: positions in artsjournalism and editing; in research on the arts;in media companies,in the advertisement and commercial fields. Some alumni have alsostarted their own organisation, consultancy or research bureau, in the field of arts, culture, and event organisation.

Writing and reflecting on the role of the arts in culture is acore competence trained in this framework, as it is required formost relevant professional contexts for our alumni. Alumni of ourprogram have found jobs in a wide array of fields. Some have acquired PhD grants.

Other employment possibilities include: positions in artsjournalism and editing; in research on the arts;in media companies,in the advertisement and commercial fields. Some alumni have alsostarted their own organisation, consultancy or research bureau, in the field of arts, culture, and event organisation.

Job examples

  • Arts and Culture Critic
  • Cultural Journalist
  • Advisory and consultancy functions in the areas of Arts and Culture Education, Arts and Culture policy.
  • Art Event Organizer and Programmer
  • Advisory and consultancy functions in the areas of Arts and Culture Education, Arts and Culture policy.
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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
Arts, Culture and MediaUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Bachelor's degree in Arts, Culture and Media or in a relatedfield, such as:

  • Arts Philosophy
  • Arts Sociology
  • Arts Policy
  • Film
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Literature

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Bachelor's degree in Arts, Culture and Media or in a relatedfield, such as:

  • Arts Philosophy
  • Arts Sociology
  • Arts Policy
  • Film
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Literature

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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