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  • Local: $ 2.36k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 13k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    From the late Middle Ages to the present, Dutch artists have figured prominently in some of the most significant moments of European art history.

    From medieval Netherlandish art to nineteenth-century Romanticism, from seventeenth-century genre painting to the De Stijl movement of the 1920s; the Dutch artistic tradition is as much a product of the interaction, exchange and reception of ideas and images occurring throughout Europe as it is a reflection of the Dutch themselves. When viewed from a European perspective, Dutch art possesses a richness and variety that cannot be comprehended solely by looking at the accomplished works of the Netherlands' most highly esteemed artists. This programme offers students a unique opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the historiography of Dutch art in its multifaceted relationship to the broader cultural and artistic European context. (Please note that the programme does not provide a general overview of Dutch art history.)

    This programme enables students to broaden their knowledge of art-historical mythology and historiography. It also seeks to develop their abilities to analyse art-historical literature critically and express their ideas and arguments both orally and in writing. Perhaps most importantly, it trains them in the skills required to be able to formulate a thesis statement. Instructive museum excursions are a key component of the programme.

    Programme outline

    The programme in Dutch Art yields 60 ECTS credits:

    • 42 credits for core courses/electives
    • 18 credits for a thesis.

    The specific number of credits a student is required to obtain through coursework will be determined by the admission committee and is based on the student's previous qualifications. Fulfilment of all the requirements will take at least one year.

    Dutch language

    Students must develop a working knowledge of the Dutch language and acquire basic translation skills from the outset of the programme. The Faculty of Humanities offers facilities for acquiring and improving Dutch language skills.

    Thesis

    The thesis report on research is carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser(s).
    Students will be required to incorporate Dutch language sources and archival documentation related to their chosen topic.

    Degree requirements

    Students who successfully complete this programme receive a Master's degree in Art History and the title Master of Arts (MA).

    Credit transfer

    Students who show exceptional promise during a Regular or Professional 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 examination committee determines which courses qualify for transfer.


    Program requirements

    Previous education: The Master’s programme Dutch Art is open to all students with a Bachelor’s diploma from the UvA, or a recognised equivalent from another accredited university in: - Art History - Cultural Studies (only if a student has followed a Minor in Art History worth 30 ECTS credits) The level of the Bachelor's diploma from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (to be judged by the Examinations Board). Prospective students with Bachelor’s degrees (university) other than those mentioned above can nonetheless apply for admission to the programme. The Examinations Board will in such cases take a look at the content of the prospective student’s Bachelor's programme, his/her study results and general motivation. Language test: All students enrolled in the Dutch Art programme are required to take Dutch language classes. As students must use Dutch-language sources for their thesis, it is necessary to be able to read the language. Written request: Students can apply from 1 December until 1 April by filling out the digital application form and uploading the necessary documents via the website of the Graduate School for Humanities (www.gsh.uva.nl). Additional language requirements:Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: A2Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: B1IELTS overall band: 7IELTS listening: 7IELTS reading: 7IELTS writing: 7IELTS speaking: 7TOEFL internet based: 100 English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 80 (Grade A) TOEFL iBT® test: 100

    Scholarships / Grants:

    The University of Amsterdam:
    The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a Mast
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    Accreditation

    Accredited by: NVAO in: The Netherlands

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