The master in Arts and Culture at Leiden University is your chance to acquire a world-class, customised qualification within the field of Arts and Culture.
A unique programme in terms of its diverse and interdisciplinary range of subjects, the master in Arts and Culture offers you the choice of three specialisations. Each explores different themes from a comparative and global perspective. A broad range of electives allows you to further customise your degree. We encourage every student to pursue the academic areas they are passionate about.
Learn from the leading minds in the field
At Leiden University, you are joining one of the world's leading universities. In the MA in Arts and Culture, you learn from internationally-respected researchers at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) as well as eminent scholars and practitioners from our network of academic and cultural institutions. You will benefit from this network both in what you learn, and in how, with opportunities for internships, exchange programmes and a line-up of regular visiting speakers.
The master in Arts and Culture is an academically challenging programme, with an emphasis on training students to be excellent researchers and stand-out critical thinkers. Relevance is of key importance, with current issues integrated into everything you learn. Because of this, our programme attracts motivated students from all around the world seeking an academic programme that promises the best in knowledge, skills, and career prospects.
Our approach to learning at Leiden University is focused on the individual and their unique profile. Teaching takes the form of small-scale seminars, where every student is involved in class discussions and receives a high-level of focused attention from lecturers.
The Arts and Culture research master at Leiden University is unique in offering a two-year programme that integrates art history and theory with literary studies and media studies.
The master in Arts and Culture (Research) stands out by its global character, focus on applied arts, and integrated study of the visual arts and architecture. You will benefit from the programme's intense collaboration with the Media Studies and Literary Studies masters.
You can choose to focus on Arts and Culture, Media Studies or Literary Studies, or explore a single period (Middle Ages/Early Modern or Modern and Contemporary). The programme's flexibility will encourage you to adopt an interdisciplinary perspective. During your studies you will acquire a valuable range of skills and knowledge, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, historical and theoretical.
The Arts and Culture (Research) programme's courses address the relations of culture and society guided by the Leiden Institute for the Arts in Society’s (LUCAS) research. You will learn from internationally-respected LUCAS researchers as well as eminent scholars and practitioners from our network of academic and cultural institutions.