International Bachelor Arts and Culture Studies

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

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Deze opleiding

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In the International Bachelor Arts and Culture Studies you gain insight into what goes on behind the scenes in the world of arts and culture.

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typeregulier, 180 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track

In the International Bachelor Arts and Culture studies, you will study the world of arts and culture from many different angles, together with students and lecturers from all over the world. IBACS combines theories from economics, sociology, history, media studies and organisation theories. Therefore, the programme offers a truly interdisciplinary and all-round perspective on arts and culture.

Studying IBACS will make you an interesting candidate for different jobs in the cultural and creative industries – whether you want to become a policy maker, programmer or cultural entrepreneur. As an IBACS graduate, you will be able to think creatively and you will be attuned to all sorts of developments in the dynamic world of arts and culture.

And did you know that you can also combine IBACS with a programme at the Willem de Kooning Academy or Codarts? The Dual Degree RASL is perfect for those who want to simultaneously practice and study the arts.

Studying Arts and Culture in Rotterdam - Erasmus University Rotterdam

Waarom aan de Erasmus?

As an IBACS student, you approach art and culture from different angles, such as sociological and economic. This helps you to answer questions such as 'How has the Internet affected the distribution of art?', 'When do we call something 'kitsch'?' or 'How do cultural policies come into being?' Besides building a theoretical foundation, you will also put your broad knowledge about the arts and culture into practice during the compulsory internship.
Five reasons to choose for IBACS at the EUR

  • You are looking for a programme of which the main focus is not the history of arts and culture, but for a programme that focuses on the economy, politics and sociology behind arts and culture.
  • With the help of an internship embedded in your study programme you will already experience how it is to work in the arts and culture world.
  • Especially in arts and culture it is important to see the bigger picture. This is why the programme applies an international approach. This means that the discussed perspectives on arts and culture are compared with each other on an international level
  • Do you have an artistic or musical talent, as well as a hunger for academic knowledge? Combine a bachelor at the EUR with a bachelor at the conservatorium (Codarts) or at Willem de Kooning Academie in the Dual Degree RASL.
  • Did we already tell you how much fun Rotterdam is? Rotterdam is innovative and diverse: the pop-up inititiaves are flourishing like never before. The ideal environment for young culture lovers with big plans!


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afstudeerrichting Culture and Economics

In the specialist field Culture and Economics, you study the art world from a cultural economic perspective.

Artists, art and cultural institutions and the public all have to deal with economics and organisation. In the cultural sector, plans are made, events and products are organised, designed, sold and purchased.
The government, among other parties, plays an important role through its policy and decisions about whether or not to provide funding. In the specialist field Culture and Economics, you study the art world from this cultural economic perspective. This is a typical Rotterdam approach to arts and culture studies.

The second and third years of the programme build on the economic subjects studied in the first year. The economic and business aspects of culture are addressed at different levels: at the level of the individual artist, the cultural organisation, the employment market and the government.

afstudeerrichting Culture and Society

When choosing the 'Culture and Society'-track you get acquainted with up-to-date sociological theories and will develop relevant research skills in studying these art worlds.

Art does not simply reflect society or shape human behaviour, but is actively constructed by people within so-called art worlds - networks of creators, producers, and distributers who collectively decide what art is (not), and which art eventually reaches out to the broader public. When choosing the 'Culture and Society'-track you learn to investigate how artists and their audiences interact, which role gatekeepers are playing in selecting artistic works, and which strategies cultural industries, cultural organizations and governments develop to steer artistic processes via the market or policy. You also study how and why different groups of people participate in art worlds (as creators themselves or as consumers), and how the boundaries between consumers and creators are fading due to technological developments such as digitization, changing the interrelationships and the (often unwritten) rules that shape art worlds. In doing so, you get all the knowledge and knowhow necessary to become a professional in one of the art worlds - film, visual art, architecture, popular music, etc. - yourself, or to develop an academic career in the sociology of art and culture.

afstudeerrichting Culture and Media

Central to this specialisation are the creation, distribution and consumption of various media and media products and the role of media in the communication of culture.

Cultural industries, media, broadcasters, film, music and the Internet play an important role in the political, social and cultural life and are becoming increasingly important in the cultural economy.

How have different media sectors (such as the broadcasting sector, the printed press and the Internet) developed in recent decades and what changes and dilemmas do they currently face? How are media products created and how do readers, viewers and listeners use these products? What role does the media play in processes of cultural communication and in shaping the perception of art and culture?


taal van onderwijs100% en
lecture, seminar, tutorial, working group
bindend studieadvies
  • propedeuse (alle vakken uit het eerste jaar) in in de eerste 12 maanden
honours-/excellence program Arts and Culture Honours Programme

Provides an deeper insight into the subjects 'race and ethnicity in arts and culture', 'curation and intermediaries in the cultural and creative industries' and 'aesthetics and sociology of art'.

The honours program aims at deepening and broadening the subject material of our regular curriculum. This takes place by an in-depth reading of a number of academic texts, discussing these works with the lecturer and fellow students, and producing a paper or other type of report or presentation at the end of each theme. Each lecturer involved is responsible for three seminars dealing with a current topic in her or his area of expertise. Finally, students will do a project embedded within a (Rotterdam) arts organization and present their findings at a final symposium.

The sessions will focus on the subjects: 'race and ethnicity in arts and culture', 'curation and intermediaries in the cultural and creative industries' and 'aesthetics and sociology of art'.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2021

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2021
wettelijk tarief : € 2168 (€1084 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 6900
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 9600

1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2022
collegegeld nog niet bekend

toelaatbare profielen
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vwo E&Mtoelaatbaar
vwo C&Mtoelaatbaar
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Non-native speakers of English are required to demonstrate proof of proficiency in English through any of the following:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 90. All subscores should be at least 20.
  • IELTS Academic (International English language Testing System) with a minimum score of 6.5 overall. Subscores should be at least 6.0.
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) or CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English) with a minimum score of at least 180.
  • Dutch vwo grade of 7.0 or higher in English.
  • International Baccalaureate with English A or B at Higher Level, or English A at Standard Level.
  • European Baccalaureate with English as first or second language.

estimated monthly costs

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342kamerhuur in Rotterdamrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1210totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


317 studenten volgen deze opleiding
83% daarvan is vrouw
87 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
78% daarvan is vrouw
25922 studenten aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Rotterdam

64957studenten studerend
26950studenten woonachtig   
€ 342gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
27 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête


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1/6 Erasmus
International Bachelor Arts and Culture Studies
€ 342 gemiddelde kamerhuur
87 eerstejaars
78% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
2/6 Erasmus
Algemene Cultuurwetenschappen
€ 342 gemiddelde kamerhuur
87 eerstejaars
78% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
3/6 Erasmus
Dual Degree in Arts and Sciences (RASL)
€ 342 gemiddelde kamerhuur
13 eerstejaars
84% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
4/6 Radboud Universiteit
Algemene Cultuurwetenschappen
star Keuzegids beste opleiding 2020  1e
Keuzegids beste opleiding 2018  1e
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
45 eerstejaars
91% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
100% Engelstalig
5/6 Radboud Universiteit
Arts and Culture Studies
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
59 eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
6/6 Tilburg University
Art, Media and Society
€ 253 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
algemeen oordeel3.94.0
De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

International Bachelor Arts and Culture Studies aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam is beoordeeld door 103 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.9 uit 5.

Na de studie

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During your Bachelor's programme you will already start to work towards a future in the labour market as a cultural scholar. Every year the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication organizes Career Days, where you can meet graduates and the companies and/or institutions where they are employed now.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

In many respects, the Arts and Culture sector can be called dynamic. In this world, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship are key concepts. These are characteristics that typify not only artists, they are also increasingly essential for you, as an arts and culture specialist, involved with art and culture behind the scenes. The way art and culture function in society, plays a central role IBACS.
current job market
bron: arbeidsmonitor
€ 1739gemiddeld bruto maandloon
39%kans op een vaste baan
19%kans op een voltijd baan
28%kans op een baan op niveau
31%spreekt van "goede aansluiting arbeidsmarkt"
65%is tevreden over de studiekeuze

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