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.
The programme in Dutch Art yields 60 ECTS credits:
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.
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.
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.
Students who successfully complete this programme receive a Master's degree in Art History and the title Master of Arts (MA).
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.
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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