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MA Arts and Culture - Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam: Profile

An interdisciplinary analysis of culture
Since its beginnings in 2001, the Research Master's programme Cultural Analysis has rapidly gained a leading reputation in the field and is constantly attracting growing numbers of high-level applicants from around the world. The programme is dedicated to the interdisciplinary analysis of culture at large. Cultural phenomena such as works of art and literature, cinema and new media, popular culture, as well as social belief and value systems are examined and analysed. Emphasis is placed on textual, visual and historical details in the context of the social, political or aesthetic movements that underpin them. Their implied normativity and the ways in which identity, difference and otherness are negotiated across the cultural spectrum are questioned.

Studying Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam
The University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Cultural Analysis research programme is unique in the Netherlands and one of the leading programmes of its kind worldwide. Its curriculum reflects the research activities of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA).

Degree certificate
Cultural Analysis is an accredited degree programme of Arts and Culture. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Arts and Culture and the title Master of Arts (MA).


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MA Arts and Culture - Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam: Study programme

Curriculum
The Research Master's in Cultural Analysis prepares participants for entry into a related PhD programme. The programme itself is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study and analysis of contemporary culture. It seeks to enhance analytical skills and to train students to explore a field of study and an object of inquiry that is not necessarily deducible from or reducible to disciplinary traditions.

Programme structure
The Research Master's programme Cultural Analysis comprises 120 ECTS credits:

 

  • 90 credits for core courses, tutorials and electives.
  • 30 credits for the Master's thesis.


Detailed course information
For detailed course information, please see the UvA Course Catalogue.

Courses
The core courses and electives all take the form of seminars devoted to the detailed study of texts, cultural objects, theories and methodologies in the field of cultural analysis. Tutorials are small groups of up to five students who work together under specialist supervision. They provide an intellectually challenging and stimulating context in which students can narrow their focus. The core courses, electives and tutorials provide the training and preparation necessary for writing the Master's thesis (which can also serve as the basis for future research, such as for a PhD).

Research activities
Students are encouraged to participate in additional ongoing research activities, including international workshops and conferences organised through ASCA. Recent ASCA guest lecturers have included: Anselm Haverkamp, Diane Crane, Judith Butler, Cesare Casarino, Szusa Baross, Geoffrey Hartman, Murray Pratt and Sam Weber.

Thesis
The Master's thesis is a research project carried out by the student under the supervision of two members of the academic staff involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser(s). Researching and writing the thesis takes at least six months.

Credit transfer
Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional Master's programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a research programme. Once students are admitted to the research programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.

 


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MA Arts and Culture - Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam: Career prospects


The Research Master's programme Cultural Analysis provides a unique foundation for students planning to pursue a PhD degree or a career in higher education, journalism, cultural management, policy and consultancy or management in non-governmental organisations and international enterprises. In the past, graduates have been accepted at UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, the University of Michigan and Goldsmiths College, as well as at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis.
 


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MA Arts and Culture - Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam: Application and admission

All students interested in a Master's programme at the Faculty of Humanities must apply for admission at the Graduate School of Humanities before enrolling. Once you have been successfully admitted, the Graduate Office will invite you to start enrolment procedures.

Application
For more information about the admissions procedure, please visit the Graduate School website.

Deadlines

Students wishing to apply for the Research Master's programme Cultural Analysis should keep in mind that the (online) application procedure for the next academic year starts in early December. There are three application deadlines.


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MA Arts and Culture - Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam: Meet the people

Prof. Mireille Rosello
'Cultural Analysis is an interdisciplinary field that concentrates on how art (literature, cinema and new media) interacts with social beliefs and values. It is a theoretical and political interrogation of contemporary cultures.'

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Institution

University of Amsterdam


Location: University of Amsterdam - Student Service Desk Roetersstraat 11
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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Humanities

Degree

Master of Arts

Language

English

Start

fall/winter semester

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: 1906 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: no information

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Humanities

Degree

Master of Arts

Language

English

Start

fall/winter semester

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: 1906 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: no information

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