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Bachelor Thesis Arts, Media and Society


Admission requirements

The following courses need to be passed:

  • All first year courses of the BA Arts, Media and Society

  • Both BA2-seminars

  • Framing AMS Case Studies


The final paper for Arts, Media and Society will be written within small thematic seminars. Within these seminars students will carry out their own research. There will be three seminars, each around an overarching theme. Students will choose a research topic that connects to one of those themes. The starting point for each individual research is an object of choice (artwork, building, design, game, performance). By means of a concise research question the student will relate the object to the theme. The final paper will be written in the form of an article for a fictive thematic journal issue.

The thematic groups will meet regularly. Students will receive individual feedback from the group supervisor but will also help each other to sharpen their research questions and stay on track with the writing process through peer feedback.

IIn one of the seminars of Framing AMS Case Studies each supervisor presents his/her theme. After that, students will have five working days to choose their preferred theme as well as to motivate their choice. Students will be divided in groups based on their preferred theme as well as motivation: in order to ensure an equal balance for each group, students might be reallocated to other theme groups.

The final allocation of students in theme groups will be announced before Christmas.
Students will be asked to hand in some thoughts about a subject of research in January.

As soon as the second semester starts, meetings will take place on a biweekly basis with the supervisor. Each week, the lecture room will be available for students who want to use the opportunity to discuss their work together.

The seminars focus on formulating a collective research theme, writing a research proposal, peer review and feedback, searching for relevant literature, annotation of literature, structuring arguments, academic writing style, and reaching conclusions.

Course objectives

  • Students learn to carry out independent research that fits within the scope of an academic article supervised by a university .

  • Students learn to apply the appropriate theoretical frameworks and research methods relevant for their research.

  • Students learn how to formulate a clear and feasible art historical research questions.

  • Students learn how to search for the appropriate primary sources and secondary literature to answer the research questions.

  • Students learn to formulate a conclusion based on their own research.

  • Students learn to collaborate and to write together an Introduction for the fictive thematic journal issue.

  • Students learn to describe the process and outcomes of their research in an academic article of 6000 words (+/- 5%).


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Mode of instruction

Seminar and tutorials

Assessment method


  • Final paper (100%)

All papers should be submitted using the Turnitin on Brightspace. Students make appointments with their supervisors about handing in the work on paper as well.
During the seminar ‘knock out criteria’ (minimum requirements for each paper to be passable) will be announced.



Students that hand in their definitive version on the exam date will in the case of an insufficient grade have one opportunity to rewrite the paper and re-submit it on the resit date. Students that do not hand in a paper on the exam date will only have one option to hand in their final paper and that is the resit date.
If the paper handed in on the resit date is (still) of insufficient level, students need to start with a new topic in a new tutorial the next academic year.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

The reading list depends on the chosen theme and topic of the student and should be determined with the supervisor for each topic.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory. Preregistration, using the form distributed in during the Framing AMS Case Studies is mandatory in order to ensure students can be appointed to the right theme group.

General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Dr. H.F. Westgeest