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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.

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.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in Arts & Culture
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60087
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Arts
Why study this programme in Groningen?

The ACC track in Groningen offers ● a stimulating international environment in a typical Dutch city with a strong cultural infrastructure ● a motivated international staff with high research reputation and links to national/international art worlds ● a cutting-edge interdisciplinary program with a range of methods ● choices that allow you to connect the critical approaches to your own art discipline(s) and to shape your profile as a critical researcher and professional

Programme

During the first semester you acquire core theories, methods and concepts to study the role of the arts in culture. Courses focus on The Arts and the Public Sphere, Arts and Brain in Culture, Narrative Arts as Value Laboratory, and Media, Materials, and Makers: Art and/as Research. Alongside you choose one or two electives (10EC total). In the second semester, you demonstrate your knowledge and research skills in a thesis and prepare for the professional world in a placement.

Optional courses from the other tracks:

Semester 1a: Dramaturgy, The Global/Local Cultural Leader, Gender and Sexuality in Popular Music, Performance Mediality & Materiality, Visualizing Classical Music Experience, Songs and Music Genres, Digital Film Forensics, Non-Fiction Cinema, The Geographies of Cinema: Scales, Flows.

Semester 1b: Adaption Theory and Practice, Music, Theatre and Sound, Rethinking Classical Music Concert, Public Cultural Policy in Global Context, Voices of Women in Music, New Film History, The Beautiful in Film, Film Festivals.

Semesters
CoursesCourse Catalog >1a1b2a2b
Arts and the Public Sphere (5 EC)
Narrative, Mimesis, and Identity (5 EC)
Optional course 1 (5 EC, optional)
Arts and Brain in Culture (5 EC)
Capita Selecta in Arts Education (5 EC)
Optional course 2 (5 EC, optional)
Ma Internship (10 EC)
Master's Thesis (20 EC)

Curriculum

This is a one-year MA track (60 EC). In semester 1 you follow:

  • 4 compulsory 5 EC modules (20 EC total);
  • 10 EC from the other tracks within the Arts and Culture MA program (Music, Theatre and Performance Studies; Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media; Arts, Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship).

In semester 2 you write your MA thesis (20 EC) and finish with an internship/traineeship (10 EC). The latter can be replaced by another course or a tutorial.

Programme options
Master's Placement (specialization)

This Master's track includes an optional work placement for which you are awarded ECTS credit points.

It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Office for Student Affairs can offer help with this where necessary.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is recommended

Students are encouraged to do their placement (which may also consist of additional courses) in an international context.

Entry requirements

Transfer options

Transferring from...

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Arts, Culture and MediaUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
American StudiesUniversity of Groningen

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With a Faculty Minor (30 ECTS) in Arts & Culture, Arts, Cogniton and Criticism track

Communication and Information StudiesUniversity of Groningen

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With a Faculty Minor (30 ECTS) in Arts & Culture, Arts, Cogniton and Criticism track

English Language and CultureUniversity of Groningen

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With a Faculty Minor (30 ECTS) in Arts & Culture, Arts, Cogniton and Criticism track

European Languages and CulturesUniversity of Groningen

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With a Faculty Minor (30 ECTS) in Arts & Culture, Arts, Cogniton and Criticism track

History (part-time)University of Groningen

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With a Faculty Minor (30 ECTS) in Arts & Culture, Arts, Cogniton and Criticism track

Media StudiesUniversity of Groningen

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With a Faculty Minor (30 ECTS) in Arts & Culture, Arts, Cogniton and Criticism track

Minorities & MultilingualismUniversity of Groningen

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With a Faculty Minor (30 ECTS) in Arts & Culture, Arts, Cogniton and Criticism track

Dutch Language and CultureUniversity of Groningen

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With a Faculty Minor (30 ECTS) in Arts & Culture, Arts, Cogniton and Criticism track

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Arts, Culture and MediaAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Students with a Bachelor's degree in Arts, Culture and Media are directly admissible to this Master's track. University of Groningen students with a BA in:

  • American Studies
  • Communication & Information Sciences
  • Dutch Languages and Cultures
  • English Language and Culture
  • European Languages and Cultures
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Minorities & Multilingualism

with a Faculty Minor (30 ECTS) in Arts & Culture, Arts, Cogniton and Criticism track, are also admissible to this Master's track.

Students with a Bachelor's degree in a related field are welcome to apply to the track. The Admissions Board will assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific track requirements, and will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies.

language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

Registration procedure

Please use this step-by-step guide for more information regarding your eligibility and your specific application procedure.

After you complete your application, the Admissions Board will assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, and will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies.

The Admissions Board will then determine whether:

  • direct admission is possible
  • a student has to complete a pre-Master's programme first
  • a student cannot be admitted

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 202401 September 2024
15 August 202501 September 2025
EU/EEA students01 May 202401 September 2024
01 May 202501 September 2025
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202401 September 2024
01 May 202501 September 2025

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Students with a Bachelor's degree in Arts, Culture and Media are directly admissible to this Master's track. University of Groningen students with a BA in:

  • American Studies
  • Communication & Information Sciences
  • Dutch Languages and Cultures
  • English Language and Culture
  • European Languages and Cultures
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Minorities & Multilingualism

with a Faculty Minor (30 ECTS) in Arts & Culture, Arts, Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship track, are also admissible to this Master's track.

Students with a Bachelor's degree in a related field, such as Arts Philosophy, Arts Sociology, Arts Policy, Film, Music, Theatre or Literature, are welcome to apply to the track. The Admissions Board will assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific track requirements, and will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies.

language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

Registration procedure

Please use this step-by-step guide for more information regarding your eligibility and your specific application procedure.

After you complete your application, the Admissions Board will assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, and will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies.

The Admissions Board will then determine whether:

  • direct admission is possible
  • a student has to complete a pre-Master's programme first
  • a student cannot be admitted

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 202401 September 2024
15 August 202501 September 2025
EU/EEA students01 May 202401 September 2024
01 May 202501 September 2025
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202401 September 2024
01 May 202501 September 2025
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2023-2024€ 2314full-time
non-EU/EEA2023-2024€ 16000full-time
EU/EEA2024-2025€ 2530full-time
non-EU/EEA2024-2025€ 18700full-time

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After your studies

Job prospects

In the ACC MA programme you have been trained as a generalist. The programme provides you with the academic knowledge and skills required for a variety of jobs in the cultural field.

You may think about working as a culture journalist, critic, or host in a variety of media, doing consulting work in organizations for arts and culture education, contributing to cultural policy development on various levels of government, or facilitating art and artists in both profit and non-profit organizations. If you want to pursue an academic career, you apply for a research master's programme.

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.
Research

In recent decades, the arts have undergone radical transformations and rapidly adapted to late-capitalist phenomena such as globalisation, digitisation and the democratisation of creative channels. Due to the increasing influence of culture and the creative industry within the world's expanding urban metropolises, notions of artistic autonomy, forcefully promoted in the 19th century, have re-emerged in philosophical and ideological discourse.

In light of this, the position of the arts in society demands new form of conceptualisation, definition and legitimatisation.

The Research Centre Arts in Society examines these transformations as well as the emerging values surrounding the arts and their role in society.

The Research Centre for Arts in Society currently hosts seven theme groups:

Arts and Institutional Change

Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media

Arts, Culture, and Cognition

Beyond Horizons in Cultural Transfer

Cultural Landscapes

The Objects of Art & Architecture

Music, Sound, and Culture

For more information visit our Research Centre Arts in Society page

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University of Groningen Orange Tulip Scholarship/Talent Grant of Faculty of Arts

Are you a non-EU/EEA student from Russia, India or Indonesia, starting a Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the University of Groningen OTS/Talent Grant, Faculty of Arts, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.

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

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Study associations

IK

IK is the study association of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Groningen. IK organizes various study-related activities and aims to create an atmosphere in which students can study successfully. Activities organized by IK include an introduction camp, a careers week and a trip abroad.
https://studyassociationik.com/
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Student profile

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
Study support

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows the ins and outs of the programme and can assist with your academic planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything discussed with them is treated confidentially. They can also help connect you with the necessary persons or departments to resolve your problems.