Master of Art Science

Master in Art studies

Target group

The Bachelor in Art Studies has sharpened your motivation to embark on independent research into your favourite art subjects. You do not consider a preoccupation with art to be free-wheeling. You want to understand what drives people to make art, what the criteria are that determine artistic value and where great art derives its expressivity from. Above all, you are no longer satisfied with existing theories and points of view. You want to make your own contribution to the existing body of knowledge and you want to explore new insights. You are able and ready to conduct independent academic research. The Master in Art Studies will help you in your first endeavours to independently and scientifically tackle the topics in the field.


Bachelors in Art Studies dispose of a broad perspective on the arts because of the many artistic disciplines that are covered by the programme. At the same time, the programme has familiarized them with a specialist subject: ancient or contemporary visual art, architecture, ethnic art, music and performing arts. The Master will elaborate on this acquired knowledge. There is one major difference, though. The focus is no longer on knowledge as such, but rather on the praxis of scientific research. In their chosen specialist subject, the students will learn how to actively proceed with scholarly methods. They learn how to formulate research questions and how to develop strategies for their solutions. The programme comprises study days, symposiums and contacts with specialist professionals. Students will be scrupulously coached in their personal itinerary. The Master in Art Studies offers the possibility of specialization in all art expressions that were offered at Bachelor level. This broad supply will provide the students with the choice between a specialist itinerary in one particular branch of the arts, or, conversely, with a combined programme that will confront different artistic disciplines. Such inter-artistic approach will lead to new research questions and insights that will push the boundaries. This approach endows the training programme in visual art at the Universiteit Gent with a distinctive profile.


Masters in the Art Studies have been trained to perform at executive level in the cultural domain. They are ready to develop vision and management with regard to the future of artistic institutions. Museums, art centres, the media, galleries, heritage care, education, theatres, concert organizations, archives and documentation centres appeal to them for executive posts. Above all, they are able to independently conduct research in scientific institutions.


The artistic disciplines at Bachelor level are finalized in the Master. The disciplines of visual arts and architecture offer specializations in the ancient arts of the Low Countries and Italy, modern and contemporary art, architecture and heritage care. Ethnic art is geared towards Africa and Oceania. In the music department, the students will get a specialist formation in historical and systematic musicology. The theatre studies will ponder over questions of dramaturgy, cultural-historical aspects of the theatre, as well as the interpretation of film, photography and video. The student's itinerary will find its conclusion in a dissertation. This work will have to comply with the criteria of originality, relevance, adequate methodological approach, ability to formulate results and insights, and demonstration of a critical spirit. In their dissertation, the students will prove themselves to be able to place their research within the larger context of the scholarly domain and the practical adaptability in the professional field.

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