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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 Research Master's track Cultural Leadership is to train its students to conduct academic research into processes of cultural leadership. We equip them with essential scholarly expertise as well as analytical and strategic skills, so that they may carry culture forward in a critical, sustainable, and creative manner, and ultimately become cultural leaders themselves.

In order to broaden our students’ outlook on their own cultures and provide them with the opportunity to exchange ideas with peers, we have joined forces with Roma Tre University. In the second semester students spend three months in Rome. The period ends with a Spring School at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR).

Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in Arts & Culture (research)
Course type
Research master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60829
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Arts
Why study this programme in Groningen?

The programme's broad definition of cultural leadership and its multidisciplinary set-up distinguishes it from programmes offered elsewhere in the Netherlands and abroad that only deal with specific areas of culture as well as from programmes that primarily address the organizational and managerial aspects of the cultural field.

Programme

In their first year students do course work.

In the first semester they choose two disciplinary electives (depending on their BA-degree and further interests) and follow the Introduction to Cultural Leadership I and II courses.

The second semester is a joint semester together with students from Roma Tre University. The first block (approximately January-March) is taught in Groningen, the second block (approximately April-June) in Rome, and includes a five-day Spring School at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR).

Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Introduction to cultural leadership 1
Two disciplinary electives (20 EC)
Introduction to cultural leadership 2
Cultural Entrepreneurship (Groningen) (5 EC)
Law and Culture (Groningen) (5 EC)
Policy/Politics (Groningen) (5 EC)
Heritage (Rome) (5 EC)
Media (Rome) (5 EC)
Spring School (Rome, June)
Sustainability and Cultural Awareness (Rome) (5 EC)

In their second year students do a research traineeship and write their thesis.

In the third semester students design their thesis research and start their six-month research traineeship with a cultural institution (in the Netherlands or abroad). In January they will participate in a two-day Winter School in Groningen related to their thesis research carried out at their host institution.

In the fourth semester they finish their traineeship and write their thesis.

Periods
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Thesis preparation, including Methodology Class (20 EC)
Winterschool (January)
Research Traineeship (30 EC)
Thesis Writing (15 EC)
Programme options
Master's Honours Programme (honours program)

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is required
  • For an average of 12 weeks
  • Maximum of 15 EC

All students spend one block (first year, second semester; appr. April-June) in Rome, where they do course work at Roma Tre University and participate in a Spring School at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR). Furthermore, a number of research traineeships are offered by partner institutions outside the Netherlands.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

A personal (video) interview is part of the selection process.

grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills), or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Language and Culture Studies
  • Arts and Culture Studies
  • or any study related to the aforementioned programmes
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

other admission requirements

NB. We strongly advice you to start the programme in September.

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Arts, Culture and MediaUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

More information:

This programme has a selection procedure.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

A personal (video) interview is part of the selection process.

grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills), or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Language and Culture Studies
  • Arts and Culture Studies
  • or any study related to the aforementioned programmes
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

other admission requirements

NB. We strongly advice you to start the programme in September.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Cultural Leadership graduates find jobs as:

  • cultural entrepreneurs, designing, promoting, and organizing cultural events on a variety of scales: from (inter)national festivals to regional and local projects;
  • cultural administrators, policy makers, and educators, working on different levels of government, public foundations, and pedagogical institutions;
  • cultural media critics, working in print, audio visual, and electronic media.
Research

The research master offers the possibility to contribute to an international research agenda on the topic of cultural leadership. Our research programme identifies cultural leadership as any cultural practice creating or strengthening interactions between the arts and societal debates in a local, national, or transnational context.

We encourage transdisciplinary research on cultural leadership, exploring and including perspectives from Archaeology, History, Language and Culture, and Arts
and Culture studies. We employ analytical, critical, and cognitive perspectives.

Some research themes are:

  • Film and the mediation of global and local cultural values;
  • Heritage, urban development, and public space;
  • Arts and cultural heritage education;
  • Cultural leadership practice in a globalised participatory culture;
  • Developing new perspectives on cultural leadership’s impact on society;
  • Cultural leadership and the critical mediation of transnational discourses and local cultural identity;
  • The common as space for cultural policy design;
  • Organisational aspects of leadership such as entrepreneurial agency, strategy, and mediation.

The Cultural Leadership Seminar

The programme hosts a seminar lecture series on cultural leadership in cooperation with the Groninger Museum, which is also the venue of the series.

Presentations:

David Rijser, University of Amsterdam (October 11, 2017)
Patricia Wheatley, Head of Broadcast, British Museum (December 13, 2017)
Martin Zierold, University of Hamburg (February 21, 2018)

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Contact

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  • 
						Testimonial of

    'We urgently need a new generation of cultural leaders'

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    “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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  • 
						Testimonial of Manon van Egmond

    I am very excited about the opportunity to travel during my studies.

    – Manon van Egmond
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    I am a first-year student in the research master track Cultural Leadership. I have chosen this master because it combines theory and practice and offers a wide range of perspectives on the cultural field. I also like that there are students with different backgrounds and bachelor degrees.

    Explore Your Interests

    The research master track consists of two years. For the first semester we are allowed 20 EC to choose courses that are related to our backgrounds and our fields of interest. I have put my focus on courses about arts policy, education and theatre. I am very happy with my choices and the ability to explore my interests further. The second semester will be split between courses in Groningen and courses in Rome. I am very excited about the opportunity to travel during my studies. In the second year we will do a research traineeship and write our thesis.

    Read more about Manon van Egmond and why she chose to study Euroculture in Groningen!

    Questions? Send Manon an e-mail!

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						Testimonial of Christianne Blijleven

    “For me this is an ideal combination of studying both art objects and the sector that surrounds it.”

    – Christianne Blijleven
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    “The main reason for me to come to Groningen was the unique program of this research master: even though the majority of the courses discuss topics related to cultural leadership, there is plenty of space to further explore your own field as well. For me this is an ideal combination of studying both art objects and the sector that surrounds it.

    I think these two aspects together will also form a solid base for the internship in the second year. And of course there is the exchange programme with Roma Tre and the Spring School at KNIR, which is really exciting.”

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  • 
						Testimonial of Merel Cuperus

    “This research master is for people who have the ambition to go beyond the “normal” activities within a cultural organization.”

    – Merel Cuperus
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    “This research master is for people who have the ambition to go beyond the “normal” activities within a cultural organization, and want to explore how cultural leaders within organizations can be placed, what these leaders do and how they need to act in order to get things done. Eventually, you might have the ambition to become one yourself.

    Furthermore, the programme is quite broad and my fellow students all come from different backgrounds (arts and culture; media; history; art history; language studies; sociology). Therefore the discussions in class are fruitful and full of disagreements and opinions.”

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  • 
						Testimonial of Katherine Watson

    “Leadership is curious, responsive and reflective - it recognizes patterns and sees connections and acts and engages on multiple levels.”

    – Katherine Watson
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    “Leadership is recognising what you do not know – what perspectives can be brought to the table to bring knowledge that you do not have – it is open, inclusive and values and respects all perspectives equally. Leadership brokers knowledge – it is always learning and co-learning, rather than being the font of all wisdom. Leadership is curious, responsive and reflective - it recognizes patterns and sees connections and acts and engages on multiple levels.”

    Katherine Watson - Director, European Cultural Foundation and Cultural Leader in Residence, Research Master Cultural Leadership

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Cooperative endeavour

The master Cultural Leadership is a cooperative endeavour of several departments within the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. Its teaching staff includes professors from Roma Tre, our Italian partner university, and Katherine Watson, our Cultural Leader in Residence.

Staff

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Study associations

Synthesis

Synthesis is the new study association for all Research Master students from the Faculty of Arts. Synthesis is both a social network and a platform for the academic development of young scholars. Given our shared interest in academic research, Synthesis organizes a variety of seminars, lectures and workshops about academic skills or career strategy with interesting speakers from different fields.
Synthesis also aims to create and maintain an active Research Master community by organizing social activities such as drinks, dinners and fun trips. Join our Facebook group for more information.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/468316950175210/
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Study support

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the program and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems..