Arts and Culture, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition Fee
    16600 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
University rank #67 (WUR) ,
The Masters programme in Arts and Culture at Leiden University is a programme in art history with a focus on museums, heritage and collections, global perspectives, and agency and reception. 


You learn to consider modern art and design as links between media, cultures and communities. You also discover how sculpture, architecture and visual arts were applied together in the Renaissance and Baroque periods as a means to overpower the viewer.

The Arts and Culture programme has three main overall perspectives: the study of works of art, design and buildings from a global perspective; the focus on historical and contemporary works of art, design and architecture in terms of agency and reception; and to study art and design as engaged cultural responses to life sciences. This programme is unique in the Netherlands for the interdisciplinary range of subjects offered and for the diversity of the optional tracks available.

Reasons to choose Arts and Culture in Leiden

  • Leiden has a unique teaching programme. Leiden is the only place in the Netherlands where you can study art in a global perspective, in Art of the Contemporary World and World Art Studies. The specialisation Museums and Collections has a unique focus on the study of the place of museums and collections in present day society. And Leiden offers you a change to study Art and architecture pre-1800 in a European context.
  • You have a broad range of options. The programme is very broad. It covers art from throughout the world and almost all art forms, media and disciplines from the past and the present. You will choose a specialisation that guarantees in-depth study. Both in the general and in the research master’s you will have the opportunity to structure your programme in line with your personal interests.
  • The programme is personally-tailored and small-scale.You will be assigned a personal mentor during the programme. The teaching generally takes the form of small-scale seminars, giving you a high degree of contact with lecturers and fellow students.
  • You benefit from contacts with eminent national and international institutions. The department collaborates on teaching and research with many different academic and cultural institutions both nationally and internationally. Museums and collections are an important focal area within the programme. The department has excellent contacts with prominent Leiden museums and with Dutch art-historical institutions in Florence and Rome. Lecturers and students also have access to exchange programmes with leading institutions such as the Sorbonne, the École du Louvre and St. Andrews.
  • Leiden students become sought-after employees. You will learn about the influence of art on present-day society. You will learn to analyse the effects, intended or unintended, of works of art on their environment. With these skills you will become an attractive employee for a diverse range of employers. The department works together with the LUMC (Leiden University Medical Center), for example, because art can give an insight into social issues arising from developments in biomedical sciences. Go to Career to view some of the excellent opportunities enjoyed by recent Leiden graduates on the employment market.
  • Accreditation

    Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

    Programme Structure

    • Art and Architecture before 1800
    • Art of the Contemporary World and World Art Studies
    • Museums and Collections
    See programme website for more info

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity

      You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

      • Full-time duration 12 months
      • Average part-time duration 18 months
      • Duration description

        Non-EU/EEA students must study full-time.

    • Credits
      60 ECTS
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    English Language Requirements

    You only need to take one of these language tests:

    • Minimum required score:


      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

    Academic Requirements

    Previous education: A Bachelor's degree in art history is recommend to apply for this Master's degree. However, we also welcome students from other backgrounds, including those with other degrees including BA History, BA Language and Culture, BA Cultural Studies, BA Communication, BA Liberal Arts and BA Museology.

    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

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      16600 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 16600 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
    • EU/EEA

      2006 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.

    Living costs for Leiden

    850 - 1,250 EUR/month
    Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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