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Cultural Leadership

Culture and heritage are the sinews of a society. In an era marked by rapid change, ambitious and critical cultural leaders are required to foster the cultural core of a sustainable society.

Culture defines humanity. Managing the valuation and transmission of culture through policy, entrepreneurship, and education across generations is therefore a key responsibility for a sustainable society. In our modern society, culture has to be negotiated as it is shaped by digitisation and new media, ethnic and cultural diversity, changing audiences and economic circumstances, dwindling public funds, and a loss of shared historical awareness. The mission of the Master's track Cultural Leadership is to educate future leaders in the cultural domain, both national and international, enabling them to carry culture forward in a critical, sustainable, and creative manner. The programme equips students with essential scholarly expertise and analytical and strategic skills.

The Master's track Cultural Leadership:

  • is innovative: it prepares master students for a cultural field which quickly changes due to technological, pedagogical, political, and societal developments. It offers new methods and tools (e.g., hands-on history, digital curating) to help rethink the cultural field.
  • has a dual character: it combines theoretical and object-oriented courses and a thesis with a six months research traineeship.
  • has a well-defined aim: to equip students with the knowledge and skills to develop an inspiring, responsible, and realistic vision on how we can carry culture into the future.

Culture and heritage are the sinews of a society. In an era marked by rapid change, ambitious and critical cultural leaders are required to foster the cultural core of a sustainable society.

Culture defines humanity. Managing the valuation and transmission of culture through policy, entrepreneurship, and education across generations is therefore a key responsibility for a sustainable society. In our modern society, culture has to be negotiated as it is shaped by digitisation and new media, ethnic and cultural diversity, changing audiences and economic circumstances, dwindling public funds, and a loss of shared historical awareness. The mission of the Master's track Cultural Leadership is to educate future leaders in the cultural domain, both national and international, enabling them to carry culture forward in a critical, sustainable, and creative manner. The programme equips students with essential scholarly expertise and analytical and strategic skills.

The Master's track Cultural Leadership:

  • is innovative: it prepares master students for a cultural field which quickly changes due to technological, pedagogical, political, and societal developments. It offers new methods and tools (e.g., hands-on history, digital curating) to help rethink the cultural field.
  • has a dual character: it combines theoretical and object-oriented courses and a thesis with a six months research traineeship.
  • has a well-defined aim: to equip students with the knowledge and skills to develop an inspiring, responsible, and realistic vision on how we can carry culture into the future.
More about this programme
  • Testimonial of

    'We urgently need a new generation of cultural leaders'

    “As digital archives are growing and innovative tools are being developed to provide new forms of access, we urgently need a new generation of cultural leaders with a novel vision on how to research and re-use the digitized treasures of the past.”

    Giovanna Fossati is Head Curator EYE Film Institute Netherlands (Amsterdam) and author of From Grain to Pixel: The Archival Life of Film in Transition (2009).

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Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in Arts and Culture (research)
Croho code
60829
Course type
Master
Language of instruction
English (100%)
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Start
February, SeptemberFebruary, September
Programme form
full-time
Faculty
Arts

Cooperative endeavor

The master Cultural Leadership is a cooperative endeavor of the departments of Archaeology, History, Dutch Language and Culture, and Arts and Culture, and is supervised by a steering group consisting of the following members:

  • Bart Ramakers, professor of Historical Dutch Literature and Director of Studies for the programme
  • Barend van Heusden, Professor of Culture and Cognition
  • Annie van den Oever, Associate Professor of Arts, Culture and Media and Professor by special appointment of Film and Visual Media, University of the Free State, South Africa
  • Catrien Santing, Professor of Medieval History
  • Sofia Voutsaki, Professor of Greek Archaeology