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Arts and Culture: Arts and Culture: Art, Architecture and Interior before 1800

Leiden University

Master Postgraduate Leiden

Course description

Qualification Master of Arts
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary The MA Art, Architecture and Interior before 1800 offers a unique programme focused on the role of medieval and early modern art, architecture and the decorative arts in society.
Course description Issues you will address cut across boundaries of geography, chronology and discipline. You will be studying art and architecture that played a crucial role in cultural exchange, as well as international networks of artists, architects and patrons. Our innovative, interdisciplinary programme takes advantage of its close collaboration with prominent museums and institutions in Leiden, elsewhere in the Netherlands (the Rijksmuseum) and abroad (the Louvre). You will have direct access to world-class resources such as the University Print Room and prominent conservators and restorers. You will be given the opportunity to combine in-depth research with internships at leading museums and institutions. This programme prepares you for a range of careers in academia, as well as for careers in institutions for heritage, auction houses, teaching, curatorship, art journalism and publishing.
Study subjects For an overview of the subjects offered by this programme in the current year, check out the e-Prospectus: The subjects can vary from year to year.
Course objectives The MA in Arts and Culture: Art and Architecture before 1800 will: * enable you to acquire academic knowledge, understanding and skills, and train you in the use of scientific methods in the field of Arts and Culture: Art and Architecture; * enable you to develop the following academic and professional skills: independent academic reasoning and conduct, the ability to analyse complex problems, academic reporting; * prepare you for an academic career or a career outside of academia.
ECTS credits 60.00
Duration 12 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, excursion, group discussion, group assignment, lecture, literature study, research, research project, research proposal, practicum, project, seminar, internship, exhibition, tutorial, working group, self study
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

Department Faculty of Humanities
Information about the institution High-quality education, a broad choice of programmes and all complemented with personal support make Leiden University the perfect option for successfully taking your studies to the next level.


Admission requirements
  1. You should have knowledge and understanding of the history, the methodological concepts and current theories on architecture and art production from late Antiquity to 1800. You should also be able to place architecture, the visual and applied arts in their context and development using the latest scholarly understanding.
  2. A bachelor's degree from a Dutch research university in Art History or a comparable degree
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English C2
IELTS overall band 7
TOEFL computer based 250
TOEFL internet based 100
TOEFL paper based 600
Professional experience required -
Duration 12 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Feb 2020 1 Dec 2019 15 Oct 2019
1 Sep 2020 15 Jun 2020 1 Apr 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 2083€ 18300n.a.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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