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Master in History of Art and Archaeology : Musicology

  • academic year
    2019-2020
Master in History of Art and Archaeology : Musicology

This formation is taught in french.

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  • Programme title
    Master in History of Art and Archaeology : Musicology
  • Programme mnemonic
    MA-HMUSI
  • Programme organised by
    • Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
  • Degree type
    Masters 120 credits
  • Tier
    2nd cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Human and social sciences/History, history of art, and archaeology
  • Schedule type
    Daytime
  • Languages of instruction
    french
  • Theoretical programme duration
    2 years
  • Campus
    Solbosch
  • Category / Topic
    Human and social sciences - History, history of art, and archaeology
  • Jury Presidents
    Athéna TSINGARIDA and Alain DIERKENS
  • Jury Secretaries
    Laurent THOLBECQ and Denis LAOUREUX

Details

General information

Degree type

Masters 120 crédits

Theoretical programme duration

2 years

Learning language(s)

french

Schedule type

Daytime

Campus

Solbosch

Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Human and social sciences - History, history of art, and archaeology

Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)
Infor-études

Succeed in your studies

ULB offers a number of activities and resources that can help you develop a successful strategy before or during your studies.

You can make the transition to higher education easier by attending preparatory courses, summer classes, and information and orientation sessions, even before you start your studies at ULB.

During your studies, many people at ULB are there specifically to help you succeed: support staff in each faculty, (inter-)faculty guidance counsellors, tutors, and experts in academic methodology.

Presentation

Whatever the focus they choose (applied musicology or teaching), by the end of their Master students master the links between the programme's various areas; in addition, they have acquired critical thinking skills, have become independent and original in their scientific approach, and master the techniques involved in exploiting and sharing the results of their research.

The goal of the focus on applied musicology is to provide the knowledge and methodological skills required to analyse, interpret, and contextualise all forms of musical expression in a pluridisciplinary perspective, from composition to reception through distribution. The knowledge and skills gained will enable students to write their dissertation, in which they must demonstrate a thorough understanding of the range of research techniques covered during the Master programme.

The teaching focus prepares students to work as educators.

Erasmus with universities in Europe (France, Austria, Italy) and North America (Montreal).

This Master programme is geared towards the history of western music from the Middle Ages to the present, which it addresses from a number of different standpoints (analysis, study of printed and handwritten sources, notation, study of the development of different genres and forms, history of institutions such as concert societies, operas, and conservatories). It also offers an introduction to the study of popular music. Contacts developed with universities in Europe (France, Austria, and Italy) and North America (Montreal) mean that students have the opportunity to spend time abroad, for instance through the Erasmus programme.

The ULB is ideally located in a city rich in libraries (with varied collections concerning regional history), museums, cinemas, cultural centres, and exhibition and conference spaces. Brussels attracts both musicians and music and art-lovers, particularly due to its Museum of Musical Instruments, numerous concerts, opera performances, etc. Contacts developed with European universities (in France, Austria and Italy) as well as in North America (Montréal) mean that students have the opportunity to spend time abroad.

Access conditions

Programme

Students in the Master in Archaeology and Art History: Musicology can choose one of two focuses:

  • the focus on applied musicology (30 credits), which covers research topics related to history, theory, analysis, interpretation, reception, diffusion, and publishing;

  • the teaching focus (30 credits) leads to teaching positions in elementary and secondary schools

What's next ?

Prospects

By the end of programme, graduates of the Master in Archaeology and Art History: Musicology will have acquired solid knowledge of musical culture, a critical approach to related topics, and a genuine ability to summarise, analyse, and communicate. This will enable them to apply for jobs in theatres, concerts societies, opera houses, radio, television, newspapers, libraries, institutions promoting cultural heritage, museums, research, and teaching.