Admission to the MA Arts and Culture: Museum Studies / Art History, research master Arts and Culture, research master Arts, Literature and Media. Students of the MA Arts and Culture: Museum Studies take priority.
Students of the MA Archeologie: Heritage and Museum Studies who are interested and who are not enrolled in the Master Arts and Culture should contact the Coordinator of Studies in order to enroll, only possible if there are places left.
The role of digital data is becoming relevant in all aspects of contemporary society, and museums for arts and culture are no exception. They are increasingly responsible for not only physical collections, but also fast-growing data collections generated through the acquisition of digital-born heritage, as well as digitization, imaging and citizen science. How can this enable curators to gain new insights in the past and offer unique perspectives in exhibitions?
This module will challenge you to explore the potential of digital humanities methods for curating exhibitions. It will cover a wide spectrum of issues that you encounter while working with data collections. You will develop skills that you need for curating exhibitions, as well as a range of critical and (data) analytical skills. Through readings, discussions and field trips, you will also develop critical thinking about how museums shape knowledge through their classification and ordering of collections, as well as their interpretation and presentation in exhibitions.
learn about current issues and controversies concerning (digital) curation;
be able to understand and critically analyse cultural data collections;
gain theoretical knowledge of cultural analytics and apply it to study art historical and cultural phenomena;
practice communicative skills in weekly debates and in the presentation of their own research topic;
develop research skills in formulating a relevant research question to curate an exhibition;
Research Master students that take this course will curate an exhibition that reflects the demands of the Research Master. That is, they will have to formulate more complex and original research questions than the MA students, include a critical positioning towards the state of the art of its subject, and go more in-depth within their writing (using 5000 words excluding annotations and bibliography instead of 4000 words).
The timetables are available through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
Attendance is compulsory. Students can miss a maximum of two seminars, provided they present a valid reason beforehand. Students who have missed more than two seminars will have to apply to the Examination Board of the Ma Arts and Culture in order to obtain permission to further follow and complete the course.
Active participation and assignments (pass/fail);
oral presentation (20%);
The final grade is the average of the two grades (20% and 80%) A student passes the class if the average is a 6.0 or higher (marks under 5.0 are not allowed) and the paper is a 6.0 or higher.
The re-sit consists of two parts:
When a student fails their project portfolio, the resit assessment is a paper (80%)
When a student fails their oral presentation and/or active participation and assignments, the resit assessment involves alternative assignments (20%)
Inspection and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
Readings will be made available via Brightspace.
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For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Arsenaal
- Fieldtrips and guest lectures are an important part of the course. Students will be expected to make visits to museums and libraries;