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MA in Arts and Culture - Arts, Cognition and Criticism University of Groningen




Course info


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.

At the start of the academic year 2020-2021, education will be offered partially online. This principally applies to all lectures. Seminars and practicals will be offered on campus as much as possible.

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.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MA in Arts and Culture - Arts, Cognition and Criticism.

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees

€13,500.00 (11,96,996) per year




University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,



9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirement for international students

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

Arts Philosophy

Arts Sociology

Arts Policy





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.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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