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Master of Cultural Studies

KU Leuven

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The Master of Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary programme that aims at preparing the student for a wide range of executive functions in the cultural field (cultural mediation, criticism, media, heritage). In order to achieve this goal, the programme offers a combination of theoretical and practical modules.

At the end of the programme, graduates:
- have an in-depth knowledge of the structure of the cultural field and the aims and functions of cultural policy in Flanders (to a lesser extent) and Belgium/Europe (to a larger extent);
- are fit for employment in a cultural institution or organisation;
- are aware of the current definitions of culture and the theoretical debates on these definitions;
- are capable of writing an individual research report;
- have developed a solid scientific attitude towards the major methodological aspects and issues in the field of cultural studies.


The Master of Arts in Cultural Studies programme investigates the relationship between art, society and all facets of media as well as the techniques that shape both art and society. Inevitably and deliberately, its approach is interdisciplinary. The programme attracts students of cultural studies from various backgrounds, all of whom are interested in examining the relations between society and various media in greater depth and detail. Rather than pursuing a clearly demarcated object of study, the programme applies a practice-driven approach to both contemporary and historical phenomena.

This vision of culture and cultural analysis informs the main areas of study, which include:

- the interaction between theory and practice
- a broad interpretation of culture (vs. culture as art)
- an interest in the social and political stakes of culture
- an emphasis on contemporary culture
- a focus on the interdisciplinary nature of our objects and methodologies (a combination of traditional artistic readings and insights borrowed from the social sciences)
- the project-based aspect of the work

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Niveau WO
Vorm Duaal
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Type MA (Master of Arts)
Kosten €890
Titulatuur MA (Master of Arts)
Benodigde taalkennis Nederlands
Startmaand september
Afronding Diploma
Credits 60