Are you passionate about culture? Do you like sitting front row – be it at music festivals, Shakespearean tragedies, art-house-films, television series, cutting edge exhibitions or poetry slams? And are you interested in developing new skills for analyzing and describing your experiences from a range of theoretical perspectives? Are you ready to join the social and political debate on the arts? Then the Bachelor's programme in Arts and Culture Studies at the Radboud University Nijmegen is just the thing for you.
Bachelors in Arts in Nijmegen in Netherlands. The programme focuses on art in its various forms: fine arts, literature, music, theatre, film and digital media. The approach is both interdisciplinary and multi-medial: you will not only analyse these art forms in and by themselves, but also learn to compare and contrast them. You are invited to explore art and culture from a number of theoretical, historical, political and social perspectives, incorporating European, North American and global views on (the value of) culture. Arts and Culture Studies teaches you to
discern differences between art forms, and between contemporary and historical valuations of art;
explain how arts and culture are socially, politically and ideologically constructed;
apply theoretical notions to analyze works of art or cultural phenomena;
formulate a clear and well-founded vision on art and (popular) culture;
write academically sound essays that contribute to current debates on art and culture.
Arts and Culture Studies is the leading programme in culture studies in the Netherlands: it has been ranked first in the authoritative Elsevier ranking seven times in a row (2009-2015).
Why study at Radboud University
You will be trained by an international staff of leading researchers in the humanities;
As a first-year student, you will have your own lecturer-mentor who will help you find your way in your studies and settle down in Nijmegen;
The programme includes skill learning courses (Academic writing, Academic communication and Professional skills) in which you learn how to present, discuss and write academic papers and how to participate in current debate;
Throughout the programme, you are encouraged to engage in small but challenging research projects of your own, individually or in small groups;
During class, the academic staff enjoys and encourages discussion and student participation.
The first year of the Bachelor's introduces you to the history of the arts (from literature to theatre, music, fine arts and film, and from the classics to digital art), to theories of culture, and to methods of analysis. It also encourages you to consider the question of the importance of art: how to truly appreciate the value of art and culture in today’s society?
The second year broadens the scope and includes courses offering both European and North American perspectives - on popular culture, American music and art, cultural diversity, globalisation, and intertextuality.
The third year deepens your understanding of culture, with three in-depth courses on visual culture and mass culture, and three courses reflecting on different aspects of the culture industry: Popular aesthetics, Screen cultures and The culture of fashion.
Are you interested in broadening your horizons? Radboud University offers you the exciting opportunity to study or do an internship abroad as part of your Bachelor’s programme. Spending time abroad during your studies is a great way to develop yourself, have exciting new experiences, and gain a competitive advantage with future employers. International experience can be valuable in many ways, and we encourage all of our students to look at the possibilities available for going abroad.
The jobs you might find yourself doing after graduating from the Bachelor's programme in Arts and Culture Studies are extremely varied. The cultural field is as diverse as it is big and it’s continually expanding, creating lots of new potential jobs. We therefore expect there will be and more and more demand for people with an expertise in arts and culture.
To give you an idea of possible jobs, here a sample of jobs our graduates are now doing:
Trend watcher for companies;
Consultant art education for an educational organisation;
Consultant ‘quality television’ for a national commercial television station;
Cultural policy-maker for the government;
Webmaster at a museum;
Programme organiser at a film festival;
If you have completed, or are about to complete a study programme abroad, then your diploma will be assessed on an individual basis in order to determine whether your previous education allows for admission. Should your diploma allow for admission, then you could be directly admissible or additional conditions may apply (such as language requirements or an interview). You will receive more information on these additional requirements during your application procedure.
English language requirements
As the language of instruction in our programme is English, you will need sufficient proficiency in English.
This requirement is fulfilled when you obtain:
a Dutch VWO-diploma (or equivalent diploma with English in final examination)
an International Baccalaureate diploma;
a European Baccalaureate diploma, with at least the course English Language 1.
Students who don't meet the above language conditions must satisfy one of the following minimum requirements:
a TOEFL score of ≥550 (paper based) or ≥213 (computer based) or ≥80 (internet based), as well as scores of at least 20 on all four parts;
an IELTS score of ≥6.0 as overall score and on each of the four sub-tests;
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of C or higher;
a TOEIC test score of ≥785 and modules 'Speaking and Writing' and 'Listening and Reading' completed successfully.
English language requirements do not apply to citizens of Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, or the USA