M.A. Arts and Culture

Leiden University

Application deadline: Start in 1 February: December (non-EEA: October). Start in 1 September: June (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,951 / Year (EEA)
Start date: September  2015, February  2016
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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This programme is unique in that it studies a substantial body of works of art, buildings and material culture from the early Middle Ages to the present day, using a comparative perspective.

In this one-year programme you will learn to consider modern art and design as links between media, cultures and communities. You will also look at the ways in which sculpture, architecture and visual arts were applied together in the Renaissance and Baroque periods as a means of conveying a convincing message to the viewer. Not only the art object itself, but the commissioner of the work and the reactions of the public also play a central role. A connecting theme is the effect of works of art on the viewer and the ways in which the works of art contribute to this effect. This broad approach will allow you to become familiar with different methods and to enter into discussion with other disciplines such as anthropology, natural sciences, theology, gender and international studies. The university is connected to a network of major institutes and collections. The students of this programme therefore have access to important primary sources which are used to investigate the wider relationship between art, material culture and intellectual history.


Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is optional.
  • The percentage of foreign students: 0%
  • The percentage of foreign teachers: 0%
  • The percentage of students abroad: 0%
  • The percentage of teachers abroad: 0%

This programme has a workload of 60 ECTS.



In this specialisation you will study architectural history from the perspective of the architects, their designs and the way in which their work is implemented, as well as the public response.

Design and Decorative Art Studies:

In this specialisation you will study layout and design in the context of the public reception and the meaning and communicative value of objects and interiors.

Art of the Contemporary World and World Art Studies:

This specialisation covers modern and contemporary art, such as photography, new media art, installation art and their many crossovers. You will look at how art reflects change in today's society.

Early Modern and Medieval Art:

In this specialisation you will study visual art and visual culture from the period between 1400 and 1750. In addition, you will be working closely with several leading art institutes.

Museums and Collections:

In this specialisation you will study collections from the past or from the present. This will give you an insight into the development of the history of collecting and of various forms of collecting.


Knowledge minimum: See website www.unileidenmasters.nl

Previous education: BA degree in Art History or a closely related field (see website www.unileidenmasters.nl).

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C2
  • IELTS overall band: 7
  • TOEFL paper based: 600
  • TOEFL computer based: 250
  • TOEFL internet based: 100

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 100



Accredited by: NVAO in: Pays-Bas


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