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Arts, Cognition and Criticism

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 adjusting the reality we live in, through all kinds of practices, such as: gossip, politics, religion, the sciences, and - the arts. The complex process through which we negotiate and evaluate our experiences and world-views is what constitutes culture. This track focuses 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 of analytic and critical frameworks. Students develop a keen theory-based insight into the role of the arts in culture's cognitive and social dynamics, alongside hands-on capacities for the analysis and critical interpretation of concrete cases: the ways in which a particular art work articulates individual or social identities, dilemma's or aspirations; debates raised by controversial art; or changes in political and social conditions that affect our conceptions and evaluation of art.

Our enthusiastic and internationally recognized staff and excellent connections to arts and culture institutions, make this an attractive track for students who want to work in the arts and culture 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.

As humans, we are constantly engaged in shaping and adjusting the reality we live in, through all kinds of practices, such as: gossip, politics, religion, the sciences, and - the arts. The complex process through which we negotiate and evaluate our experiences and world-views is what constitutes culture. This track focuses 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 of analytic and critical frameworks. Students develop a keen theory-based insight into the role of the arts in culture's cognitive and social dynamics, alongside hands-on capacities for the analysis and critical interpretation of concrete cases: the ways in which a particular art work articulates individual or social identities, dilemma's or aspirations; debates raised by controversial art; or changes in political and social conditions that affect our conceptions and evaluation of art.

Our enthusiastic and internationally recognized staff and excellent connections to arts and culture institutions, make this an attractive track for students who want to work in the arts and culture 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 through which humans articulate and negotiate their individual and collective consciousness, identities, values and understanding of the world. The arts have always played an important part in this process.

The interdisciplinary Arts, Cognition and Criticism track focuses on how culture is transmitted, innovated and critiqued through the arts, with course topics such as: the arts and reflective imagination; value-negotiation through storytelling; or social and political functions of the arts. Students are trained in methods from the cognitive sciences, hermeneutics, narrative and critical theory, discourse analysis and art sociology. They develop a keen theory-based insight into the role of the arts in cultural dynamics, and hands-on capacities for critical analysis and interpretation of art-works, debates and developments in the arts, in connection to their social background.

Our enthusiastic staff has an international research reputation and excellent connections to arts and culture institutions. This makes this an attractive track for students who want to work or pursue their research in the arts and culture field.

Students with a BA in theatre/performance, music, film, literature and/or fine arts studies can apply to this Master track; students with another BA who have a marked interest for studying the arts can apply; their eligibility will be assessed by the department.

Our ideal students

  • are curious, thorough, with an independent and open mind
  • have a special interest for the arts as cognitive process and as instrument for critical reflection on culture and society
  • wish to deepen their analytic and critical understanding of the role of the arts
  • aim to contribute through their knowledge and analytic skills to a responsible and thriving cultural and social climate

Students with a BA in theatre/performance, music, film, literature and/or fine arts studies can apply to this Master track; students with another BA who have a marked interest for studying the arts can apply; their eligibility will be assessed by the department.

Our ideal students

  • are curious, thorough, with an independent and open mind
  • have a special interest for the arts as cognitive process and as instrument for critical reflection on culture and society
  • wish to deepen their analytic and critical understanding of the role of the arts
  • aim to contribute through their knowledge and analytic skills to a responsible and thriving cultural and social climate

Students with a BA in theatre/performance, music, film, literature and/or fine arts studies can apply to this Master track; students with another BA who have a marked interest for studying the arts can apply; their eligibility will be assessed by the department.

Our ideal students

  • are curious, thorough, with an independent and open mind
  • have a special interest for the arts as cognitive process and as instrument for critical reflection on culture and society
  • wish to deepen their analytic and critical understanding of the role of the arts
  • aim to contribute through their knowledge and analytic skills to a responsible and thriving cultural and social climate
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Titel/Graad
MA in Kunst- & cultuurwetenschappen
Croho code
60087
Type opleiding
Master
Voertaal
Engels (100%)
Duur
12 maanden (60 ECTS)
Start
Februari, SeptemberFebruari, September
Vorm
voltijd
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University of Groningen OTS/Talent Grant Faculty of Arts

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Read more about the OTS/Talent Grant Faculty of Arts.

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