Do you have broad interests and are you a critical thinker? Do you enjoy discussing current social issues? Do you want to understand their historical roots and engage in philosophical reflection? If so, the bachelor's programme in Arts and Culture is the right choice for you.
You will learn to understand Western culture by looking at how it shapes and is shaped by art, science, technology, media and politics. You will explore the issues of modern society from a variety of perspectives. This interdisciplinary approach (based on philosophy, literature and art studies, history, and science and technology studies) will teach you to understand and frame complex social issues.
You will learn to think analytically, make connections across a variety of perspectives and develop strong argumentation skills. This will make you an attractive employee in a variety of jobs. Arts and Culture graduates work, for instance, as consultants for cultural institutions, policy advisors for governments, journalists and researchers. However, most graduates will opt for a master's degree before they enter the job market.
In the bachelor's programme in Arts and Culture, you will study the arts and culture from a variety of perspectives. You will study subjects like philosophy, history, science and technology studies, art history and sociology. This will help you to:
Develop an understanding of the historical roots of modern culture
Reflect philosophically on social issues of today
Develop the analytical capacity to connect diverse scholarly perspectives
Gain in-depth knowledge of the role of the arts, science, technology, media and politics in our culture
Which qualities will help you achieve this?
Broad interests and an inquisitive mind
A love for reading and writing
Ambition to study both independently and in collaboration with peers
The Elementary Phase
The bachelor's programme in Arts and Culture is characterised by a strong logic and courses systematically build upon one another. It is divided into an elementary phase and a graduation phase, which each take one and a half years. The elementary phase has a chronological setup, starting from Antiquity and ending in the early 21st century. In this phase, you'll gain a profound knowledge of the historical roots of modern society and culture.
The programme has a strong emphasis on helping you develop research and writing skills. An important element of the programme is a learning trajectory in which you write increasingly longer and more complex papers. This culminates in writing your bachelor's thesis in your third year.
The Graduation Phase
The graduation phase begins in the 2nd semester of the second year. During this semester, the programme offers six electives that address contemporary challenges from an Arts and Culture perspective. These electives build on the knowledge acquired during the elementary phase and focus on the connections of two of the four domains of culture central to the programme:
- Art & Literature
- Science and Technology
The Arts & Culture programme gives you the chance to broaden and deepen your knowledge by choosing two out of six electives.
In the beginning of the third year, you will have an elective semester in which you can do an internship or study abroad. You can also follow a minor or choose to take courses at another faculty, other university, the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design or the Maastricht Academy of Music.
With a bachelor's degree in Arts & Culture, there are a number of programmes at Maastricht University that you can follow.
You can be admitted to the following programmes without having to fulfil additional requirements:
As a graduate of the Arts and Culture programme, you will have many career opportunities. Your deep understanding of our current society and its historical roots, as well as your ability to approach complex problems from a variety of perspectives, will allow you to work in a wide range of jobs, including:
Policy advisor for governmental and non-governmental organisations
Media personality, consultant or writer for radio, TV, newspapers, magazines
Curator or cultural entrepreneur for cultural institutions such as museums
Politics, consultancy, education or scientific research
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