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International Bachelor Arts and Culture Studies

Why study Arts and Culture at Erasmus University?

You have a passion for arts and culture. You might not be an artist yourself, but want to know what goes on behind the scenes of the art world. Arts and Culture Studies in Rotterdam is unique because of its multifaceted approach to arts and culture. Alternating a sociological and economic view, you will study how art is produced and how it is presented by parties such as theatres, museums and festivals. Moreover, you want to know how it is appreciated by the audience. With this Bachelor's you will be able to analyse the mechanisms of the art world in a broader context.


We study the business of culture. This international bachelor offers a unique approach to the world of arts and culture. During the course of our three-year programme, you will acquire a thorough understanding of how the cultural sector is organised, and gain insight into the socio-economic and political contexts that allow the arts to flourish. The contemporary cultural landscape requires creative professionals with analytical skills and in-depth knowledge of cultural policy, arts education, art markets, audiences, heritage, cultural organisations, creative industries and entrepreneurship in which you will be educated.

Career opportunities

The International Bachelor Arts and Culture Studies (IBACS) opens up a broad range of professional and academic possibilities. As an IBACS graduate, you will be able to engage with the artists themselves as well as the economic and commercial players in the field. Furthermore, you have well developed analytical skills, experience in writing and conducting research and you will be capable of examining issues from different angles. These are all skills that employers generally appreciate. Graduates regularly work for museums and festivals, fashion houses, theatre companies, PR agencies, sponsoring agencies, governmental institutions or media companies.

Programme Information

Field of study: Arts, Culture, Media, Humanities, Economics, Sociology, Social Sciences

Keywords: The business of culture in a global perspective - cultural policy, arts education, art markets, audiences, heritage, cultural organizations, creative industries, entrepreneurship.

Qualification: Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration: 3 years = 36 months full-time

Course load: 180 ECTS-credits = 60 ECTS credits per year, 1 ECTS = 28 hours

Language of instruction: Fully taught in English

Ranking Erasmus University Rotterdam Times Higher Education ranking #69 Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) #2 in the Netherlands, #91 worldwide

After graduation

Our MA programmes Arts, Culture & Society; Cultural Economics & Entrepreneurship; Research MA in Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts and MA Media Studies are accessible upon completing the BA. Or you enter the labour market directly with well-developed analytical skills, experience in writing and research. Furthermore, you will be capable of examining issues related to the business of culture.

Destination Information

The Netherlands: 17 million inhabitants, 200 different nationalities

Rotterdam: 625,000 inhabitants, 175 different nationalities, 80% speaks English

Erasmus University Rotterdam: 28,047 students, 114 different nationalities

University Life


Erasmus University Rotterdam offers a wide range of campus facilities and services ranging from the sports building to the Language & Training Centre, as well as housing, catering facilities, computer rooms, copy shops, a bank, a hairdresser, a prayer room and several libraries. A doctor and dentist are close by.


Students can join a number of activities throughout the year such as social drinks, study trips, music sessions, lectures and language courses organized by different (student) associations at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Study counselling

In the first year of your programme, you will be part of a mentor group guided by second or third year students, thus ensuring a smooth start. You may consult your student advisor if you have any questions about the study programme, your own study planning or personal circumstances relevant to your studies.

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Admission and Application

Application deadline: 1 May 2018

Practical Information

Tuition fee:

€2,060 for EEA students, €6,100 for non-EEA students


€500-€600 per month. Both on- and off-campus student housing is offered. Students will be assisted by the university to find suitable housing.

Health Insurance:

It is mandatory by Dutch law to have health insurance (± €55 per month).

Additional Costs:

Flight(s) and/or travel arrangements, books and materials, personal expenses and spending money are not included in the tuition fee.

Visa/ Residence permit:

A visa and/or residence permit is required for students from outside the EEA. Students will be assisted by the university to get a visa and/or residence permit.

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