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Training the curators of the future

Are you looking for both academic and practical training to become a professional curator? Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Cultural Studies, History, or Media, Art, Design and Architecture?

Then the Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures may be the programme for you. Check whether you meet the admission requirements and find out how to apply.

Check whether you meet the programme requirements and apply

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor’s degree (VU Bachelor’s degree, VU premaster or Bachelor’s degree at another university)

    The Dual Master’s programme in Curating Art and Cultures is open for application to students with a Bachelor’s degree from VU Amsterdam, UvA or an equivalent, recognised degree from another university in:

    • Art History
    • Media, Kunst, Design en Architectuur (Media, Art, Design and Architecture)
    • Cultural Studies
    • History

    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).

    Grade average
    If you wish to apply for a Dual Master's in Curating Art and Cultures, you are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least:

    • 7.0 (Dutch educational system)
    • B/3.3 (American system)
    • 2.1 (an upper second class degree in the British system)
    • C (ECTS-system)

    Please note that admission will not be granted solely on the basis of sufficient grade point average.

    Language requirements

    The internship at a Netherlands-based museum or cultural institution is an integral component of the programme. Students applying for the programme should be able to demonstrate at least a passive understanding of Dutch before the start of the internship. There will only be a few full English-language internships available.

    Due to the limited number of internship placements, applicants must first undergo a two-round selection procedure before being admitted.

    Selection Procedure

    The Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures is a competitive and professional programme that includes a year-long curatorial internship. Due to the limited number of internship placements, applicants must first undergo a two-round selection procedure before being admitted. During the process, the selections committee scrutinises the content of an applicant’s Bachelor’s programme, their study results and motivation letter, as well as social skills.

    In the first round of the selection procedure, a student’s application will be evaluated by a selection committee comprising the programme coordinators from VU Amsterdam and the UvA, as well as additional academic staff. Applicants who have reached the second round will be asked to write an opinion piece regarding one of the participating museums or cultural institutions. Applicants progressing through to the final round will be invited for an interview with the coordinators and curators. Students will be informed of the final application decision by May 15th.

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) Bachelor’s degree (premaster)

    Students with a higher professional education qualification cannot proceed directly to the Master’s programme in Curating Art and Cultures.

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    If you want to apply for and enrol in a Master's programme at VU Amsterdam, the procedure you need to follow depends on your prior education and whether you obtained your diploma in the Netherlands or abroad.

    Please first check whether or not you are eligible for this programme and then apply.

    Dutch students can apply via Studielink before April 1st for the Dual Master’s programme in Curating Art and Cultures under the label Erfgoedstudies (120 ECTS).

    If you have a Dutch diploma, follow this application procedure.

    Prepare documents and apply online

    Your application for the Master's programme Curating Art and Cultures should contain the following documents. Submit these documents via Studielink and via e-mail: toelating.fgw@vu.nl:

    • motivation letter
    • cv
    • Bachelor's diploma or a certified list of completed bachelor courses (including grades) as well as a list of courses you still have to complete
    • average grade of your bachelor

    Due to the limited number of internship placements, applicants must first undergo a two-round selection procedure before being admitted. Read more about this process in the section 'I have a Dutch university level (...)'.

  • I have an international degree

    The Dual Master’s programme in Curating Art and Cultures is open for application to students with a Bachelor’s degree from VU Amsterdam, UvA or an equivalent, recognised degree from another university in:

    • Art History
    • Media, Kunst, Design en Architectuur (Media, Art, Design and Architecture)
    • Cultural Studies
    • History

    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).

    Grade average

    If you wish to apply for a Dual Master's in Curating Art and Cultures, you are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least:

    • B/3.3 (American system)
    • 2.1 (an upper second class degree in the British system)
    • C (ECTS-system)

    Please note that admission will not be granted solely on the basis of sufficient grade point average.

    Language requirements

    Dutch language requirements
    The internship at a Netherlands-based museum or cultural institution is an integral component of the programme. Students applying for the programme should be able to demonstrate at least a passive understanding of Dutch before the start of the internship. There will only be a few full English-language internships available.

    Due to the limited number of internship placements, applicants must first undergo a two-round selection procedure before being admitted.

    English language requirements

    You must always present official test results proving your proficiency in English. You can apply online without having the test results, but in case you haven’t taken a test yet we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the English taught programmes at the Faculty of Humanities:

    • TOEFL score 100 internet based with a minimum of 20-23 (in each of the subtests).
    • IELTS score of 7.0 overall band score (with none of the separate section scores dropping below a minimum score of 6.5).
    • Cambridge English: Cambridge Proficiency Exam with score A, B, or C; or Cambridge Advanced Exam with score A, B, or C.

    Exemptions from providing the English test scores are applicable to students, who:

    • have completed an English-taught secondary or higher education degree in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia; or
    • have earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an English-taught programme accredited by NVAO in the Netherlands, or
    • have earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an accredited English-taught programme in another member state of the European Union

    The required evidence should, if possible, be included with the complete application. If either unsatisfactory or no evidence of English language proficiency has been provided with the application, admission will be conditional upon the provision of such evidence. This condition will be clearly indicated on the offer letter and must be fulfilled before enrolment at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

    See the Admission and language requirements page for further information on the general requirements.

    Selection Procedure

    The Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures is a competitive and professional programme that includes a year-long curatorial internship. Due to the limited number of internship placements, applicants must first undergo a two-round selection procedure before being admitted. During the process, the selections committee scrutinises the content of an applicant’s Bachelor’s programme, their study results and motivation letter, as well as social skills.

    In the first round of the selection procedure, a student’s application will be evaluated by a selection committee comprising the programme coordinators from VU Amsterdam and the UvA, as well as additional academic staff. Applicants who have reached the second round will be asked to write an opinion piece regarding one of the participating museums or cultural institutions. Applicants progressing through to the final round will be invited for an interview with the coordinators and curators. Students will be informed of the final application decision by May 15th.

  • Application with an international degree

    If you have read the admission criteria and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your original documents are required.

    The application deadline is 1 April.

    Step 1: Review the admission criteria

    Step 2: Prepare your documents and apply online  
    Please prepare the following documents. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.

    • Copy of your valid passport or ID (ID only for EU residents)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Motivation Letter
    • Bachelor's diploma or a certified list of completed bachelor courses (including grades) as well as a list of courses you still have to complete
    • Average grade of your bachelor

    After preparing the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. Once you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via email.

    Step 3: Await the decision on admission
    The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you are admitted to the programme, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. 

    Step 4: Finalise your registration!
    Make sure to finalise your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation on what to do after you are admitted. When all of the conditions are met, you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!

    Application fee & deadlines

    All students seeking admission to an international Bachelor’s or Master’s programme with an international degree are required to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee. Only after you have paid this fee will we be able to start the evaluation of your application file. If you are applying for more than one programme, you will only need to pay the application fee once. Your application fee payment is valid for two years.

    Information on how to apply with an international university degree and deadlines can be found here.
    For more information, international students may also contact the International Student Advisor: masters.hum@vu.nl.

    Grants and scholarships

    As an international student planning to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries. Detailed information about scholarships and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl.

    Student Ambassadors

    Some International students are happy to tell you about their experience with living and studying in Amsterdam. These Student Ambassadors come from all over the world and have attended various Bachelor's and Master's programmes.

    Our Student Ambassadors are listed here on this webpage: vu.nl/ambassadors. Reach out to them and get their stories about being a student at VU Amsterdam.

Want to know more?

Contact the programme coordinator dr. Ingrid R. Vermeulen.

+31 (0)205986578

Contact the UvA coordinator dr. Rachel Esner

+31 (0)205253101