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Music, Theatre and Performance Studies

This Master's programme offers a rich field of study which encompasses both emergent and historically established practices in music and the performing arts.

We highlight those phenomena which most impact the organization, experience, and creative  potential of musical and theatre makers and audiences in the twentieth and twenty first  centuries. MA students examine the current constitution of musical and  theatrical organizations, as well as the impact of broader processes such as  globalization, digitalization, urbanization, festivalisation, and mobility upon  expanding forms of creativity. Because humans continue to shape creative  experience within cultural fields, this specialisation aims to uncover how music and  theatre remain relevant for understanding broader relations between culture, society,  and the arts.

We examine these and other processes in historical contexts and in our musical and  theatrical present, where economic crisis in recording and performing industries has  led to vast rearrangements of musical and theatrical labour and changing  conceptions of the public sphere. Because this program highlights the complexity of  the contemporary popular music, art music, and theatre professional worlds, students enter arts  professions with specialised knowledge and skills, which ensure that they are highly  employable.

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?

This track:

  • Fully aims to develop analytical skills in evaluating the role performed by the arts in society
  • Offers unique combination of practical skills and academic reflection
  • Specialisation offered in different art forms, related to the Arts discipline or Professional framework
  • Features guest lectures by outstanding artists, art organisers, cultural critics and policy makers
Programme

In this track you follow 30 EC in courses in the first semester (5 EC modules) related to your chosen specialisations. During the second semester you write a Master's Thesis (20 EC) under the supervision of two Arts in Society professors. You also choose between a research-related tutorial or an arts internship (10 EC).

Periods
Courses1234
Arts and the Public Sphere (5 EC, optional)
Classical Music in the Digital Age I (5 EC)
Contemporary Film and Media Curating (5 EC, optional)
Dramaturgy (5 EC)
Media, Materials, Makers (5 EC, optional)
Music Technologies and Ideologies (5 EC)
Public Arts Policy in Global Context (5 EC, optional)
The Film Experience (5 EC, optional)
Theorising Performance (5 EC)
Adaption Theory and Practice (5 EC)
Arts and Brain in Culture (5 EC, optional)
Arts Sociology (5 EC, optional)
Capita Selecta (5 EC, optional)
Classical Music in the Digital Age II (5 EC)
Contemporary Complex Cinema (5 EC, optional)
First-Person Documentary and the Real (5 EC, optional)
Music, Politics and Resistance (5 EC)
Music in the City (5 EC)
Narrative Arts as Value Laboratory (5 EC, optional)
The Global/Local Cultural Leader (5 EC, optional)
Ma Internship (10 EC)
Master's Thesis (20 EC)

Curriculum

Students enrolled in this programme are offered an interdisciplinary curriculum, which highlights the inter-related nature of contemporary arts worlds. By combining an arts specialisation with a professional framework, students gain critical knowledge about particular arts disciplines such as film, music and theatre, while also gaining skills through exposure and experience with a professional framework, which is necessary for working into today's rapidly changing professional arts worlds.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • Maximum of 30 EC
Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
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). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). If you have a VWO diploma a language test is not required.

previous education

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

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

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Arts, Culture and MediaUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
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). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components).

previous education

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

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

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 201901 September 2019
15 August 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 11500full-time
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time
After your studies

Job prospects

There are other employment possibilities such as a position by a media company or for the advertisement and commercial field. Prior students have also begun their own successful arts organisations, advice bureaus, or research institutions in the field of arts, culture, and event organisations.

Job examples

  • Policy maker
  • Culture consultant
  • Managerial position in the professional field of the arts
  • Cultural critic

    A cultural critic has a specific interest in the institutional and societal context of arts production, distribution and creation.

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 sphere 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.

Contemporary popular music and theatre forms are often interpreted and evaluated through ideas and frameworks that were disseminated widely in contexts radically distinct from the ones those forms occupy. In light of this, the position of the arts in society demands new conceptual frameworks, definitions and modes of legitimization.

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 eight theme groups:

Arts and Institutional Change

Art, Medium, and Moving Images

Narrative in/and Art

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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Study associations

IK

Study Association IK is the study association of Arts, Culture & Media at the University of Groningen.
IK organizes both study related and non-study related activities. The Study Association currently exists of a little bit less than 200 members, eight committees and a board with four members.
http://www.studieverenigingik.nl/
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Student profile

This master's track suits students who have studied one of the arts disciplines (dance, music, theater, film, literature, performance art) or arts-related perspectives (media studies, cultural studies, art history, arts sociology, arts philosophy) in their Bachelor programme.

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.