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.
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.
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:
- Historical and contemporary developments in art
- Developments in (digital) media
- The role of art in society
- The cultural value of arts
Why Arts, Media and Society at Leiden University?
- A small-scale, highly international programme taught in English and linked to Leiden University’s acclaimed Bachelor’s programme in Art History .
- You will be based in the beautiful city of Leiden, close to great contemporary museums and media institutions – for example, EYE Film Museum and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; the Dutch National Photo Museum and V2 Institute for Unstable Media in Rotterdam.
- The programme has a large national and international network of scholars, artists, and scientists who are regularly invited into the classroom to lecture on their practice.
Is this programme for you?
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you care about today’s pressing challenges and are you fascinated by the way that art and artists reflect and comment upon these issues – for example, the work of Ai Wei Wei?
- Do you believe that contemporary art can make a contribution to how we view the most pressing real-life issues?
Then the Bachelor in Arts, Media and Society is for you!