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Music, Theatre and Performance Studies

This Master's programme offers a specialization in either music or theatre and performing arts studies. Each track encompasses both emergent and historically established practices in music and theatre and the performing arts.

Within both the music and theatre track, we highlight those phenomena which most impact the organization, experience, and creative potential of music and theatre makers and audiences in the twentieth and twenty first centuries. MA students examine the current constitution of music or theatre 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, these two specialisations aim to uncover how music or theatre remain relevant for understanding broader relations between culture, society, and the arts.

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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
Classical Music in the Digital Age I (Music track) (5 EC)
Dramaturgy (Theatre track) (5 EC)
Music and Sound Ecologies (Music track) (5 EC)
Music in the City (Music track) (5 EC)
Performance Mediality & Materiality (Theatre track) (5 EC)
Adaption Theory and Practice (Theatre track) (5 EC)
Classical Music in the Digital Age II (Music track) (5 EC)
Music, Politics and Resistance (Music track) (5 EC)
Music, Theatre and Sound (Music and Theatre track) (5 EC)
Ma Internship (10 EC)
Master's Thesis (20 EC)

Curriculum

Students enrolled in this programme choose between either the music or theatre and performing arts track.

Music Track

For the music track, during the first semester, the student follow courses of 30 EC; 20 EC of which are the required music courses. The remaining 10 EC can be chosen from the other tracks within the Arts and Culture MA programme (Arts, Cognition and Criticism; Film and Media Studies; Theatre and Performing Arts Studies; Arts Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship). In the second semester, students write their MA thesis (20 EC) and do an internship/traineeship (10 EC). The internship can also be replaced by a course or a tutorial.

Optional courses from the other tracks: Semester 1a: Dramaturgy, Cinematic Imagination; New Film History; Arts and the Public Sphere; Public Arts Policy in Global Context; Performance Mediality & Materiality. Semester 1b: Contemporary Complex Cinema; Documentary Now; Adaption Theory and Practice; Arts and Brain in Culture; Arts Sociology; The Global/Local Cultural Leader; Capita Selecta.

Theatre and Performing Arts Track

For the theatre and performing arts track, during the first semester, the student follow courses of 30EC; 20 EC of which are the required theatre courses. The remaining 10 EC can be chosen from the other tracks within the Arts and Culture MA programme (Arts, Cognition and Criticism; Film and Media Studies; Music and Performing Arts Studies, Arts Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship). In the second semester students write their MA thesis (20 EC) and do an internship/traineeship (10 EC). The internship can also be replaced by a course or a tutorial.

Optional courses from the other tracks: Semester 1a: Music and the City; Music and Sound Ecologies; Classical Music in the Digital Age I; Cinematic Imagination; New Film History; Arts and the Public Sphere; Public Arts Policy in Global Context. Semester 1b: Music, Politics and Resistance; Classical Music in the Digital Age II; Contemporary Complex Cinema; Documentary Now; Arts and Brain in Culture; Arts Sociology; Capita Selecta.

By combining a music OR theatre specialization with a professional framework from another track, students gain critical knowledge about music or theatre, while also gaining skills through exposure and experience with a professional framework and an internship, which is necessary for working into today's rapidly changing professional music, or theatre and performing arts worlds.

Study abroad

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

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Additional requirements English: 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 a maximum of 1 component). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180. For more information on the LCET, refer to site of the language center: https://www.rug.nl/language-centre/testing-unit/english-lcet/

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, and the grades you have obtained.

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

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Arts, Culture and MediaUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 202001 September 2020
15 August 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students01 June 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 June 202101 September 2021

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

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 a maximum of 1 component). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180. For more information on the LCET, refer to site of the language center: https://www.rug.nl/language-centre/testing-unit/english-lcet/

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

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, and the grades you have obtained.

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 202001 September 2020
15 August 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students01 June 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 June 202101 September 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 13500full-time

Practical information for:

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 seven theme groups:

Arts and Institutional Change

Art, Medium, and Moving Images

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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Contact

  • Admission Office (Contact form)
  • Ask Your Question Here (please fill in this contact form, we will answer you as soon as possible.)
  • Kristin McGee (Coordinator of Music Studies)
    Email: k.a.mcgee rug.nl
  • Drs. Lucia van Heteren (Coordinator of Theatre Studies)
    Email: l.d.m.e.van.heteren rug.nl

University of Groningen OTS/Talent Grant Faculty of Arts

Are you a non-EU/EEA student from Mexico, Russia, China, 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.
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. They know 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.