Ranked #3 by the Eduniversal Worldwide Best Masters Ranking in Cultural Management/Creative Industries Management, the Master Program in Culture Studies is aimed at students from the Humanities and Social Sciences, but not exclusively, interested in a structured discussion of cultural phenomena in the global world.

The MA in Culture Studies is organized around a core course of theory and practice-based seminars. Each seminar provides a broad scope for interdisciplinary interaction through the interplay between disciplines ranging across the fields of Cultural Studies, Literary and Artistic Studies, Performance, Translation, Media and Visual Studies as well as Cultural Management.

The MA in Culture Studies takes into direct consideration the ever-increasing value that the arts and culture offer to the understanding and the identity of nations and individuals, as well as the importance of the creative economy in an era marked by globalization, flux and rapid cultural dissemination.

Based upon an innovative training model and collaborative effort between academic and cultural institutions, the program operates through epistemological reciprocity, demonstrating how cultural practices illuminate critical reflection.

The first year is curricular and requires the completion of 60 ECTS. The second year is dedicated to the final assignment: dissertation, project, or internship. During the second year students also have to take a research seminar each semester to monitor their progress.

SPECIALIZATIONS (2023/2024):

1. Management of the Arts and Culture

2. Global Cultures and the Arts

Curriculum:

Management of the Arts and Culture

  • 1st semester:
    • Methods and Objects in Cultural Research
    • Academic Writing/Secondment
    • Arts Management in the Digital Age
    • Curatorial Practices
    • Elective I
  • 2nd semester:
    • Metaculture
    • Academic Writing/Secondment
    • Summer School
    • Entrepreneurial Project
    • Elective II
  • 3rd semester:
    • Research Seminar I
    • Writing Lab I
    • Dissertation/Project/Report
  • 4th semester:
    • Research Seminar II
    • Writing Lab II
    • Dissertation/Project/Report

Global Cultures and the Arts

  • 1st semester:
    • Methods and Objects in Cultural Research
    • Academic Writing/Secondment
    • The Global Contemporary: Genealogies and Fractures
    • Ecocultures
    • Electives I
  • 2nd semester:
    • Metaculture
    • Academic Writing/Secondment
    • Summer School
    • Politics of the Visual
    • Elective II
  • 3rd semester:
    • Research Seminar I
    • Writing Lab I
    • Dissertation/Project/Report
  • 4th semester:
    • Research Seminar II
    • Writing Lab II
    • Dissertation/Project/Report

SPECIALIZATIONS (until 2022-2023):

a. Management of the Arts and Culture

b. Performance and Creativity

c. Literary Cultures

You can check the 2022/2023 curriculum here.

Please choose one specialization upon application.

The program is entirely taught in English.

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