The Master’s programme in Arts and Culture (research) at Leiden University integrates art history, media studies, literature and literary theory, since the study of cultural objects and cultural practices is founded on a shared theoretical and methodological framework. It is unique in offering a two-year programme that integrates art history and theory with literary studies and media studies.
Choose Arts and Culture (research) at Leiden University
Join a programme that stands out by its global character, focus on design and applied arts, and integrated study of the visual arts and architecture.
Benefit from its intense collaboration with the MA in Media Studies and the MA in Literary Studies.
Acquire a valuable range of skills and knowledge, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, historical and theoretical.
Enjoy the research master’s flexible programme, encouraging you to adopt a interdisciplinary perspective, while following courses within your ‘home discipline’ as well.
Focus on Arts and Culture, Media Studies or Literary Studies, or explore a single period (Middle Ages/Early Modern resp. Modern and Contemporary).
The main research themes of LUCAS, the Leiden Institute for the Arts in Society, guide the themes of the courses offered.
• art, agency and rhetoric
• a global approach to texts, art and media
As a graduate of the Research Master’s in Art and Culture, you have the very real possibility of moving into a research-oriented career in an academic environment. This programme is an ideal preparation for undertaking a PhD programme or working as a researcher at an institution anywhere in the world. However, you will also be fully prepared to begin a more general career where an academic level of thinking and research skills are required, for instance at a research institute, cultural institution, or an academic or art library.
Graduates also move into the fields of archiving, publishing and other media industries, while some can be found in management positions within the cultural public domain, in art trade, and in journalism and public relations.
Positions you could hold after your studies
• General art history staff member at Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder art dealer’s
• Fundraiser for the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
• Freelance picture researcher and image editor
• Gallery Assistant at Diversity and Art, an exhibition space for foreign artists
• Information specialist at Doxis Information managers
• Junior Art Consultant at a gallery
• Marketing Communications Adviser at the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
• Museum teacher at the Mauritshuis
• PhD candidate at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London
• Project Assistant at Sotheby’s auction house
• Recruitment Consultant at a recruitment and secondment
• Text writer at an ad agency
Some figures about graduates of Arts and Culture
How successful are they in finding a job?
66 % found a job within two months.
73 % found their first job at professional or university level.
73 % held a position at professional or university level when the study was carried out.
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