Arts, Media and Society immerses you in the stimulating art environment of the city of Leiden — a booming knowledge region between The Hague and Amsterdam where Rembrandt van Rijn was born.
The English-taught full-time Bachelor’s programme in Arts, Media and Society takes three years, and you will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In principle, you will be studying for 40 hours a week – a full working week. Around 16 hours a week will be spent in lectures and tutorial groups. In the rest of the week you will be studying independently.
In the first semester of Arts, Media and Society, you will establish core knowledge and competences in the field of Art History. While contemporary art is the main focus of the programme, in order to understand the present and the future, you will need fundamental knowledge about the past.
Each first year student takes the Freshman Class. This course offers the perfect introduction to the academic study of the arts. Students learn about the digital learning environment of the university, the various aspects of the study of the arts, and different approaches to media and objects. During the second part of the course, the students learn about different primary and secondary sources and use of the library and documentation facilities.
Other first year courses include How the world makes art which covers topics such as art and religion, art and identity, art as well as art and the afterlife. Courses in the first year also include Visual arts 1300-1800, Modern and contemporary art and photography, Big media, Arts in society, Design and domestic culture, Curating cultures, Representation and Visual Culture, Cinema and photography
In year two you will study cutting-edge developments. Focusing on global issues in our globalised and technological era, you will examine the impact of art and media in society, and of course, the interactions between them. You will immerse yourself in the world of cutting-edge developments in contemporary art and media — from traditional media to digital media, from activist art to poetic encounters. Social media will be examined as platforms and strategies for political and social action, e.g., during the Arab Spring.
Finally, in your third year you will be theorising intersections and relations. You will advance your theoretical understanding at the intersection of art, media and society and develop your own critical analysis in the form of a thesis. The dynamic exchange between artistic strategies and activist strategies will be a converging point of the programme. In the Arts, Media and Society programme there is also a free semester in which you can do an internship, study abroad or follow a minor programme at another faculty.