Visual Arts, Media and Architecture (Research)

Required level of entry

The research Master's is aimed in particular at the talented student who is exceptionally motivated to train in academic methods in the field of art history, architecture history, visual culture and media studies. To be admitted to VAMA, the student should have at least a Bachelor’s diploma in art, architectural history, media and culture, and have a good grasp of academic English.

Admission requirements and application for Dutch students

In order to be admitted you must apply via Studielink before the 1st of June for the researchmaster Visual Arts, Media and Architecture under the label Kunst- en cultuurwetenschappen (research). Then you should send in an application for admission to the Examination Board. This application must always consist of:

  • A certified list of the academic results obtained to date (qualifications and lists of grades). It should show that the thesis and other parts relevant to the field chosen for graduation in the research Master’s course have an average of no less than 8.0.
  • A letter setting out your motivation for your application, accompanied by a curriculum vitae.
  • A brief text on the subject or issue you would like to focus your research on (for instance in the context of tutorials and your thesis). If you prefer, you can integrate this into your motivation letter.

Not a student from the Faculty of Arts of VU
Students from outside the Faculty of Arts of the VU University must also provide a copy of their thesis and copies of papers they produced in the 2nd and 3rd years of their bachelor course, or another course of a similar level.

The application should be sent to:

VU University
Faculty of Arts
Examination Board Graduate School of Humanities
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

The Examination Board of the research Master’s course, in consultation with the professor or professors concerned, will decide whether you may be admitted to the course and whether additional requirements are necessary or an exemption can be made. Admission may also depend on the results of a personal interview with the Examination Board about your motivation. Only those students who have obtained their Bachelor’s degree before 1 September in the year they would like to begin will be admitted. Admission requests from students from abroad will be looked at individually by the Examining Board.

In addition to sending a request for admission to the Examination Board, you must apply to the VU Student Reception, the deadline for application is the 1st of June; you will then be sent a registration pack. When your application has been accepted by the Examination Board you may register definitely.

Application and registration
VU University
Student Service Desk, Main Building
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Phone: +31 (0)20 5985020 (from 10.00 to 17.00)

International students and students with a foreign Bachelor's/Master's degree

If you would like to start a Master’s programme at the Faculty of Arts, you can apply using our online application system, using the following link. The departmental Examination Board will decide upon your admission after having officially reviewed and evaluated your diplomas/degrees. Diplomas unknown by the board will be assessed by the Master's coordinator in cooperation with the NUFFIC.

For general admission requirements, please check the information on the main VU website. 

You must always present official test results proving your proficiency in English. Only students who have completed a full high school or bachelor’s degree in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia may be exempted. We require a TOEFL score (score 580 paper based,  score 237 computer based or score 92 internet based) or an IELTS score (score 6.5).

Deadline for international students
The Master’s programme application deadline for (non-) EU students with an international degree is 1 April. EU students with an international degree who do not need housing services through VU University Amsterdam can still apply until 1 June.

Please note that we must have received all required documents and the application fee before the deadline in order to start the evaluation process. 

Contact person for international students
Mr Stipo Jeleč
International Student Advisor
t +31 (20) 59 889 20

The VU Fellowship Programme
The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) is a highly selective scholarship for strongly motivated students with excellent study results. If you want to apply to the VUFP, you will need to complete the scholarship application as well as the Master’s programme application by 1 March. More information can be found at

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