About Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology
Are you inquisitive, curious and open-minded? Are you interested in how science, arts and technology contribute to modern culture? And would you like to pursue an academic career in this challenging field? Then you should consider getting a research masters in Cultures of Art, Science and Technology (CAST).
This one-of-a-kind programme examines the different ways in which the seemingly separate and contrasting fields converge: the sciences are object of cultural critique in the arts, the arts continuously incorporate new technologies and both the sciences and the arts imagine our cultures future.
The programme combines the study of relevant theories from history, sociology, philosophy and qualitative social sciences with training in the application of different scientific methods such as archival research, discourse analysis and ethnographic observation. This ensures that you will gain all the experience you need to find work as an interdisciplinary researcher at a university or knowledge institute.
This programme is a good fit if you...
- Are interested in the societal position of the arts, sciences and technology
- Have the ability to take charge of your own learning
- Have an inquisitive, curious, creative, adventurous and open mind
- Have high scholarly abilities and a passion for critical inquiry, debate and writing
- Enjoy working in a small and closely-knit community of students and researchers
- Like to do your studies in an international setting
A broad programme
The CAST programme has a very broad curriculum. You will focus on both high and low culture, and on arts practices as diverse as those of music, contemporary visual arts and literature. The technologies studied can be complex and simple, and the sciences you write about may include the natural sciences, medicine and psychology. This means you will have plenty of opportunities to specialise in a topic that you find interesting.
At CAST, we consider internships an indispensable experience. You will gain practical and professional experience, and working on assignments in small groups will help you rapidly develop into an independent researcher.
Internships not only enhance your studies by giving you practical experience, but they also give you the experience and the connections you need to find a research position after you graduate. In the second year, you will work as a junior researcher at a research institute or partner university in the Netherlands or abroad.
Upon graduation, you will have acquired outstanding skills and you will be able to work as an interdisciplinary researcher at a university or a professional in a knowledge institute. Through rigorous training in theory and methodology, combined with focus on topics of your own choice, you develop both flexibility and specialisation.
This has enabled many CAST graduates to find interesting jobs. Eighty percent of the CAST students find a job within a year of their graduation, and many go on to PhD programmes. Others find work with government agencies, advisory boards, commercial companies and NGOs.
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