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Arts & Culture: Contemporary Art History

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Master Postgraduate Amsterdam

Course description

Qualification Master of Arts
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary Contemporary Art History is an specialization focusing on visual, process-based, and digital art since the 1960s.
Course description Far from being restricted to the classical art forms of painting, sculpture, and graphics, today's art includes installation art and site-specific projects, digital or new media art (interactive installations, locative media works, software art, networked art, electronic art and video art), performative and activist projects and artistic research. What unites these art forms is that they directly address the complexity of today's society, within which information technologies and globalization play an ever-increasing role, leading to networked forms of artistic practice that transgress national and cultural borders. At the same time, artists are very aware of the heritage they build upon, deconstructing, commenting on, or appropriating art history, leading to various attempts to describe contemporary art with terms such as post-modern, post-conceptual, post-medium, and more recently even post-internet and post-digital – and post-contemporary...
Study subjects Contemporary Art History trains you as an art historian who is equipped to deal with the challenges of tackling this complex but fascinating field. After having followed this program, you will have a solid knowledge of today's visual, process-based, and digital art, and be equipped with the means to research, present, and write about the latter, enabling you to pursue a career in the cultural sector (museums, festivals, art galleries), as art critic, or freelance cultural entrepreneur.
Course objectives -
ECTS credits 60.00
Duration 12 month(s)
full-time
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes excursion, lecture, individual assignment, research, research project, research proposal, project, tutorial, self study
Accreditation -

About the institution

Department faculteit Geesteswetenschappen
Information about the institution Ever since it was founded in 1880, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has been known for its distinctive approach to knowledge. VU is an open organization, strongly linked to people and society.

Admission

Admission requirements
  1. In order to gain admission to one of our Master's programmes, you will need to have at least a Bachelor's degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. Specific admission requirements for the Master's programme Arts & Culture, specialization in Contemporary Art History Admission to the Master's Arts & Culture, specialization Contemporary Art History is possible with an academic Bachelor's degree in art history or equivalent. If you have an academic Bachelor in the Humanities (history, media studies, philosophy, cultural studies), a solid background with a minimum of 60 credits is required in art history/theory to be admitted to the program. In the latter case you have to submit an application to the admission board for assessment. For international students the level of studied academic theory needs to be based on the course description, literature list and sample of academic writing, due to a lack of distinction between applied and academic universities abroad.
  2. *Copy of valid passport or ID (ID only for EU residents) *CV *Motivation letter *Transcript of records *Thesis (or another sample of academic writing, at least 5 pages plus a list of used literature) *Description of relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education *List of all main literature used during previous higher education For more information go to: http://masters.vu.nl/en/programmes/classics-ancient-civilizations-history/index.aspx
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English A1
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English A1
IELTS overall band 7
TOEFL computer based 250
TOEFL internet based 100
TOEFL paper based 600
Professional experience required -
Duration 12 month(s)
full-time
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2019 1 Jun 2019 1 Apr 2019
1 Sep 2020 1 Jun 2020 1 Apr 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 2083n.a.n.a.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.

Scholarships

Orange Knowledge Programmes (OKP), Fulbright grant, Holland Scholarship, Orange Knowledge Scholarship Programme (formerly NFP), Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme - Neso Brazil, Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme - Neso China, Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme - Neso Indonesia, Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme - Neso Korea, Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme - Neso Mexico, Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme - Neso Russia, Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme China, Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme Korea, Oranje Tulip Scholarship - Brazilië, Oranje Tulip Scholarship - Indonesë, VU Fellowship Programme

For more scholarships, visit: www.grantfinder.nl

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Contact

Contact information for the study programme

studievoorlichting

contact@vu.nl

Irena Paap

International Student Advisor

masters.hum@vu.nl

Katja Kwastek

k.kwastek@vu.nl

Ilse Chin

Studieadviseur

kunstgeschiedenis.let@vu.nl

Contact information for the institution

studievoorlichting

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contact@vu.nl

Telephone number (020) 598 5000
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