The master's programme in Arts and Culture focuses on culture in the making. Culture can refer to the products of intellectual and artistic creativity, such as scholarly and literary texts or works of art. It also indicates the cultural practices that shape the everyday life of people, and is expressed in their individual tastes and forms of associating with one another. Finally, culture is at the heart of the processes through which people explicate and contest ethical, aesthetic, and political meanings and values.
The specialisation Arts and Heritage, Policy, Management and Education, which you can choose to follow in English or Dutch, examines the concepts of ‘arts’ and ‘heritage’ as expressions of both past and present culture. You will develop insights into how the meanings, values and usages of art and heritage have transformed throughout modern history. You will also develop the knowledge and skills set needed to critically assess and contribute to the accessibility, diversity, authenticity and sustainability of current and future arts and heritage practices. You will investigate current challenges and opportunities in the field of arts and heritage suchs as decolonialism, the changing role of experts and expert knowledge, public participation, financialisation and digitalisation from an interdisciplinarity approach.
Instead of choosing the English taught specialisation Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education, it is also possible to choose the Dutch programme Kunst en Erfgoed where you follow several courses, including the academic skills training in Dutch and write your essays and master’s thesis in Dutch. In the programme Kunst en Erfgoed, the Dutch context is emphasized and placed within a larger international framework.
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Daniel completed his bachelor’s as a musician at the Maastricht Conservatory. After doing a pre-master in Arts and Heritage he decided to stay in Maastricht to follow up with a master’s in Arts and Culture at FASoS.
Why Daniel decided to study Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education:
“In this programme we critically analyse the field of arts and heritage in current society. As an artist and musician, I think it’s important to know what we can change in society and how we can make that change happen. I want to work closely with the institutions to help other artists to broaden their horizons, to shape their ideas and to support them in making their dreams come true. “
“Coming from Mexico City, the contrast with Maastricht was huge. But the international community of fellow students and all the activities here can easily outweigh the size of the city.”
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I would like arts institutions to be more inclusive. It’s my dream to contribute to that, hopefully through research in a PhD position.
With Problem-Based Learning you get used to a daily workload, which is preparing you for your working life later on.
Eventually I want to go back to Lithuania to make an impact there in the fields of Arts, Culture and Heritage. The country needs people like me.
Maastricht University was the perfect option, since it does not solely focus on academic side but also takes the practices into account. I was super delighted to have been accepted!
I’m very happy with the program because it helped me to discover new methodologies and fields related to arts and culture which I never had the chance to explore before.
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