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Arts, Media and Society
Arts, Media and Society is a three-year, English-taught programme (a specialisation of the BA in Art History).
Art has an urgent and relevant role in today's society. It provides a unique view on complex issues and is an indispensable force for a democratic society. In Arts, Media and Society you will study contemporary art that engages with society over global issues, such as terrorism, biotechnology, ecology, and politics. You will also learn how art, film, photography and digital media shape our society and how the arts and media can provide strategies for social and political activism.
As a student of Arts, Media and Society, you will examine contemporary art practices in order to find new perspectives on global issues. At the Faculty of Humanities, you will make an in-depth study of:
The programme will provide you with the academic and professional skills essential to your future career, so you will exit the programme prepared to take on work such as curating, consulting, (digital) publishing, arts journalism; or further research in a master's or research master's.
Studying Arts, Media and Society
Why Arts, Media and Society at Leiden University?
Year 1: A strong foundation In semester one, of this multidisciplinary programme, courses that include How the World Makes Art and Big Media will give you a strong foundation in the field of art history and a thorough grounding in the core subject matter. In semester two you'll build on this foundation by acquiring general academic skills, such as researching, processing information, writing and oral presentation, before continuing with further courses on art- and media-related disciplines.
Year 2: Developments in contemporary art and media You'll delve deeper into the impact that art and media have on society, and the many interactions between them. Moreover, social media will be examined as platforms and strategic choices for political and social mobilisations, such as during the Arab Spring, for example. You'll follow standard and topical courses and you'll be able to choose seminars. You'll also do fieldwork into the theory and practice of arts, media and society.
Year 3: Customising your programme In your third year you'll be free to customise the programme to your specific interests. This will include a semester in which you can do an internship, study abroad, or follow a minor programme from the Humanities or another faculty. Academically you will advance your theoretical understanding of how art, media and society intersect and interact with one another and you'll develop and demonstrate your capacity for critical analysis by doing a final thesis.
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Job and Careers prospects
In an interconnected global environment, the Bachelor in Arts, Media and Society meets a new market need: for multidisciplinary, digitally-fluent, international talent with a broad understanding of the impact and influence of the arts on society.
In 2016, the Humanities Career Service carried out a survey on the jobs and activities of the alumni of the Faculty of Humanities. The survey showed that alumni of Art History work primarily in the following areas:
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About Leiden University
Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open-minded and critical attitude from you.
We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!
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