Arts and Culture (research)

2 Jahre

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Application deadline: EU/EEA students: 15 June (September intake); 1 December (February intake) Non - EU/EEA students: 1 April (September intake); 1 5 October (February intake)

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Arts and Culture Research

The MA in Arts and Culture (research) stands out by its global character, focus on desig n and applied arts, and integrated study of the visual arts and architecture. You will benefit from the programme's intense collaboration with the MA in Media Studies and the MA in Literary Studies.

You can choose to focus on Arts and Culture, Media Studies or Literary Studies, or explore a single period (Middle Ages/Early Modern resp. Modern and Contemporary). The programme's flexibility will encourage you to adopt a interdisciplinary perspective.

The programme's courses address the relations of culture and society guided by the research programme of the Leiden Institute for the Arts in Society (LUCAS). During your studies you will acquire a valuable range of skills and knowledge, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, historical and theoretical.

Curriculum and overview

The first semester starts with the LUCAS Seminar 'Cultural Theory for the 21st Century', which offers an overview of theoretical approaches developed in this MA programme, and of the research interests of the staff. Parallel to this course you choose an interdisciplinary (period - bound) and a disciplinary seminar (in one of the domains).

The second semester offers an interdisciplinary framework via the course 'Methodological Concepts in Art and Literature'. This semester also contains an interdisciplinary (period - bound) and a disciplinary seminar.

The third semester offers an obligatory thesis seminar and research colloquium, which prepares you for writing your thesis. You will also take two elective seminars. You can also opt to follow these electives at a university abroad or choose an internship.

The fourth semester is largely filled by writing your Research Master's thesis.

For detailed information on the courses and curricula, see the e-Prospectus:

Job and Career prsopects

As a graduate of the Master's in Arts and Culture (Research), you are prepared for a career in a wide variety of fields such as museums, galleries, cultural institutions or (art) libraries and archives. It is also possible to find employment within the publishing and general media sectors, within the art trade, in journalism and public relations.

You are also in a strong position to enter a top PhD programme and a research - oriented career.

Some of the careers of our graduates include: 

  • Project officer at an art museum 
  • Project coordinator at an advertising agency 
  • Coordinator/lecturer in art theory and practice at an art academy 
  • Marketing and product manager/assistant at a company producing design er glasses 
  • Project officer at a foundation promoting regional artists 
  • PhD candidate at Leiden University 
  • Gallery assistant for modern art at an art school 
  • Auctioneer at an online auction house 
  • Curator at a museum 
  • Collections manager at a natura l history museum

Do you want to apply for the master´s programme at Leiden University? Find out how to apply by following the step-by step guide:

About Leiden University

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherland s, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Togeth er with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away fr om difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open - minded and critical attitude from you.

We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potent ial. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation wit h eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!

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