Master of Cultural Studies 12 months Postgraduate Program By KU Leuven |Top Universities
Program Duration

12 monthsProgram duration

Tuitionfee

4,446 EURTuition Fee/year

Scholarship

YesScholarships

Main Subject Area

Performing ArtsMain Subject Area

Program overview

Main Subject

Performing Arts

Degree

MA

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Master of Cultural Studies

Culture is expressed in many different forms – ranging from dance, literature, photography, to material and (im)material heritage – and is transmitted through different media, from live to digital. The program combines theoretical reflection and a more hands-on approach via an internship in the cultural sector.

About the programme

The master combines an analysis of contemporary culture in the broadest sense and in different media with an understanding of policy and immerses you in the practice of cultural work via an internship. 
You study the relationship between art, society and all the media and techniques that shape our culture today. You will focus on cultural phenomena (both art and popular culture) and investigate how they work in practice today. You acquire a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on culture with attention to both policy and topical national and international debates in various media and cultural practices. You also pay a lot of attention to the digital society and practical cultural competences.
The programme links theoretical reflection to practical competences, which you develop during an internship in the cultural sector and the elaboration of a group project. You learn to function within a group or larger organisation, to organize a project, to apply for funding and to present your work to your peers.

You can choose between two trajectories within the program:

  • The creative practices track focuses on contemporary art and culture creation, across the boundaries of genres and media, with a lot of attention for the creative industries.
  • The cultural memory and identity track focuses on the impact of the cultural past on the contemporary cultural landscape, and the relationship between culture and forms of identity.

Career perspectives

Both hands-on and theoretically oriented, the Master of Cultural Studies offers career opportunities in fields including all levels of cultural policy-making and management in the public sector (local, regional, national, international) as well as the creative industries (music, television, print and online media).

Program overview

Main Subject

Performing Arts

Degree

MA

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Master of Cultural Studies

Culture is expressed in many different forms – ranging from dance, literature, photography, to material and (im)material heritage – and is transmitted through different media, from live to digital. The program combines theoretical reflection and a more hands-on approach via an internship in the cultural sector.

About the programme

The master combines an analysis of contemporary culture in the broadest sense and in different media with an understanding of policy and immerses you in the practice of cultural work via an internship. 
You study the relationship between art, society and all the media and techniques that shape our culture today. You will focus on cultural phenomena (both art and popular culture) and investigate how they work in practice today. You acquire a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on culture with attention to both policy and topical national and international debates in various media and cultural practices. You also pay a lot of attention to the digital society and practical cultural competences.
The programme links theoretical reflection to practical competences, which you develop during an internship in the cultural sector and the elaboration of a group project. You learn to function within a group or larger organisation, to organize a project, to apply for funding and to present your work to your peers.

You can choose between two trajectories within the program:

  • The creative practices track focuses on contemporary art and culture creation, across the boundaries of genres and media, with a lot of attention for the creative industries.
  • The cultural memory and identity track focuses on the impact of the cultural past on the contemporary cultural landscape, and the relationship between culture and forms of identity.

Career perspectives

Both hands-on and theoretically oriented, the Master of Cultural Studies offers career opportunities in fields including all levels of cultural policy-making and management in the public sector (local, regional, national, international) as well as the creative industries (music, television, print and online media).

Admission requirements

Undergraduate

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Admission requirements 

You must have obtained a bachelor’s degree in a humanities field related to culture or culture creation in a broad sense. Or you have a bachelor degree and relevant experience in the cultural field. You should have a good command of both spoken and written English.

For the most recent – and only official – information on the admission requirements, please check our webpage.

Student profile

  • You have a strong interest in culture in the broadest sense of the word and in theoretical reflections on culture.
  • You are involved in the cultural field and you follow contemporary cultural affairs in various media.
  • You are well-read and fluent in several languages (especially English).
  • You have a good knowledge of Western culture and interest in other cultures and new cultural phenomena.
  • You have good writing and communication skills.
  • You are critical and eager to learn.
  • The master's programme is both theoretical and practical. It is essential to learn to work and function in a team.

1 Year
Sep

Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

1,116 EUR
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International Students

4,446 EUR
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