Art of the Contemporary World and World Art Studies

Choose the Master’s in Arts and Culture specialisation in Art of the Contemporary World and World Art Studies at Leiden University to expand your knowledge of art in several core areas. You gain an understanding of the challenges presented by art history today, and explore developments in art in the broad context of visual culture – from social and political developments and developments in natural sciences to globalisation. Your new insights will equip you with a whole new perspective on the immense multiplicity/versatility of art today.

Choose Art of the Contemporary World and World Art Studies at Leiden University:

  • Develop specialised knowledge in three core areas: art from a global perspective, art in relation to science, and art theory and aesthetics.
  • Research a wealth of modern and contemporary art works from a cross section of mediums including photography, new media art, installation art, sci-art, and more – while exploring their role as communicative mediums.
  • View famous artworks first-hand at the many major galleries, museums and cultural institutes within easy reach of Leiden University.
  • Gain a degree that qualifies you for a variety of professions including roles in cultural institutes such as museums and galleries, in the media sector, the art trade, journalism or public relations.
  • Learn how to promote collaboration between artists and art venues.

Your knowledge will span the many ways in which art reflects change in today’s society, the blurring borders between art, science and popular culture, the advancing embrace of (digital) technology and the impact on art of the manifold processes of globalisation.

During your master’s your focus is on art in its role as a communicative agency, intermedialisation and interculturalisation, and on the theory and methods of present-day art history.

The Department of Arts and Culture also offers a two-year Research master’s programme.

Check out the programme in Art of the Contemporary World and World Art Studies

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Arts and Culture
  • Degree Master of Arts in Arts and Culture
  • Mode of study Full-time, part-time. Non-EU/EEA students must study full-time.
  • Duration 1 year (full-time), 1.5 years (part-time)
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60087

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