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Dutch Art (MA)

Course Description

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.

This Master's programme is offered jointly by Kunstgeschiedenis (Art History) and Algemene Cultuurwetenschappen (Cultural Studies).
Please note that the programme does not provide a general overview of Dutch art history.

Studying Dutch Art at the University of Amsterdam

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 multi-faceted relationship to the broader cultural and artistic European context.

Accreditation and degree

Dutch Art is a track of the master's programme in Kunstgeschiedenis (Art History). The quality of this Master's programme has been positively assessed (accredited) by the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a legally recognised master's degree in Kunstgeschiedenis (Art History) and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the Master's programme should have at least a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent in art history or cultural studies, with a minor (30 ECTS credits) in art history, or a relevant field. The level of the Bachelor's degree must be comparable to that of a Dutch Bachelor's degree.Admission is not necessarily limited to students with a background in these specific academic fields only. Students with a different Bachelor's degree are also encouraged to apply. The admissions committee will assess each applicant's academic qualifications on a case-by-case basis.

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