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MA in Art and Visual Culture (Research)

Radboud University Humanities

Full time September MA Full-time: 2 years

About the course

Master's specialisation in Art and Visual Culture

Learning how to make new discoveries that will contribute to a better understanding of the historical and social significance of works of art, artefacts and other cultural products from classical antiquity to the present.

Art is an expression of the human spirit. The study of art deals with cultural, social, religious, political and aesthetic meaning in the time it was created, the present and the eras in between. Think of how the Greek mythology of Narcissus – who has been portrayed in countless sculptures and paintings over the ages – was used by Freud to name a psychological disorder and is today used by politicians to symbolise the flaws of modern society. And think of how the destruction of art, be it by Byzantine iconoclasts,

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Entry Requirements

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Art History, Cultural Studies or Greek and Latin languages and cultures or related area.
2. A proficiency in English
a. A TOEFL score of ≥600 (paper based) or ≥100 (internet based)
b. A IELTS score of ≥7.0
c. A Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) with a grade of C or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a grade of C
3. Motivation letter in English
4. Letter of reference


€2,168 (from EEA countries); €16,000 (from non-EEA countries).

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Anna Borunova

About the program: The two years spent at Radboud University have changed and enriched my life. I got a chance to attend intellectually stimulating classes and learn to carry out academic research. The university atmosphere was very inspiring to me, and it constantly encouraged me to broaden my intellectual horizons and search for exciting topics and unusual approaches.

Challenges and obstacles: Some of the courses were especially challenging in terms of reading materials and theoretical concepts. However, I believe that this is one of the cornerstones of the master's programme. It is sometimes necessary to push yourself to the intellectual limits in order to make progress.

Thesis: My thesis explores the architectural miniatures depicting mass housing projects built in the Cold War period.

Plans after receiving a degree: I believe in the necessity of art and cultural research in contemporary society and I would like to work on exhibitions that will create new ways of seeing and thinking about works of art, architecture and environments.

Helen Verploegen

What do you like about this programme?
The programme gave me a lot of independence over my own learning and stimulated interdisciplinarity. I was already used to this from my Bachelor so it was great to continue that here. I especially liked how you get to put together your own curriculum with courses from research schools and other universities or faculties. This gives you the chance to learn a lot and also explore new territories. However, it also means that there is a lot of responsibility in your own hands, which can be challenging sometimes. To get the most out of the programme you have to take initiative and be on top of your learning process. Luckily your tutor and the student advisor should be there to advise you when you get stuck or things are unclear.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class?
In most courses of the Master we were together with students from the other specialisations. This creates a nice interdisciplinary atmosphere where you can really learn from each other. Most of the teaching staff is very open and happy to help with your work and stimulates you to think about your future career, although you should not be.

What is your thesis about?
I just finished my research training at the Radboud's Institute for Science in Society and Sovon (Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology). Here I worked on an independent project, analysing how nature enthusiasts and volunteers contribute to knowledge about bird biodiversity through online portals. Currently, I am writing my thesis on a similar topic, combining environmental humanities and digital humanities to investigate how bird biodiversity is represented digitally and what this means for the way we experience and remember nature.

Why do you think is it important that there are people out there with this degree? What are your plans once have received your Master's degree?
I strongly believe that the biggest take away from this programme is that you can stand on your own two feet as a scholar. You learn to be responsible for your own learning, get familiar with interdisciplinary methods and develop critical thinking skills. After I finish my master I am planning to start a PhD where I can hopefully continue my work on the representation of (bird) biodiversity loss in cultural productions.


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