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Arts and Culture: Contemporary Art in a Global Perspective

Leiden University

Master Postgraduate Leiden

Course description

Qualification Master of Arts
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary In the MA Art of the Contemporary World and World Art Studies at Leiden University you will be studying the developments in art in the broad context of visual culture.
Course description In this specialisation from our MA in Arts and Culture, you will gain an understanding of the challenges presented by art history today, and explore developments in art in the broad context of visual culture – from social and political developments and developments in natural sciences to globalisation. You will: * develop specialised knowledge in three core areas: art from a global perspective, art in relation to science, and art theory and aesthetics; * research a wealth of modern and contemporary art works from a cross section of mediums including photography, new media art, installation art, and more – while exploring their role as communicative mediums; * view famous artworks first-hand at the many major galleries, museums and cultural institutes; * gain a degree that qualifies you for a variety of professions including roles in cultural institutes such as museums and galleries, in the media sector, the art trade, journalism or public relations; * learn how to promote collaboration between artists and art venues. Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 17th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.
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 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, in particular with regard to your chosen specialisation. You will also develop the following academic and professional skills: independent academic reasoning and conduct, the ability to analyse complex problems and academic reporting.
ECTS credits 60.00
Duration 18 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes excursion, group discussion, lecture, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, seminar, internship, tutorial, working group, workshop, 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, theories and practices in the field of art after 1800 in a global perspective. And of the relevant contexts in which art works function and their impact on contemporary society. You should be able to place these art works and practices in relevant artistic and academic contexts and can demonstrate insight into societal developments, using the latest scholarly understanding.
  2. A bachelor's degree in Art History from a Dutch research university or a comparable degree
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 7
TOEFL internet based 100
Professional experience required -
Duration 18 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
No tuition fees available.

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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