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BA Final Paper 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

  • This course takes place during one semester and is offered in the second semester of the academic year. BA3-students who meet all requirements will be contacted by the education coordinator in the course of the first semester.

  • The first semester course is only open to students who have been granted permission by the Board of Examiners.


In this module you will write a thesis and carry out your own research. Each seminar group will have an overarching theme. Students will choose a research topic that connects to one of those themes. The starting point for each individual research project is an object of choice (artwork, building, design, game, performance, etc.). By means of a concise research question the student will relate the object to the theme.

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.

The themes will be announced through Brightspace and students will be asked to submit a motivated preference. Students will be divided into 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 initial thoughts about a subject of research in January.

The thesis process will involve writing a research proposal, providing peer review and feedback, searching for relevant literature, annotating literature, structuring arguments, and reaching conclusions.

Course objectives

  • Students carry out independent research. They will demonstrate skills acquired over the course of the program, including the ability to build a theoretical framework, choose appropriate methods, identify relevant case studies and apply academic writing skills.

  • Students formulate a clear and feasible art historical research question.

  • Students learn to describe the process and outcomes of their research in an academic text of 6000 words (+/- 10%).


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Seminar and tutorials

Assessment method

Assessment and weighing

  • Final paper (100%)

You have to submit the final version of the BA thesis by e-mail to your supervisor and second reader. When doing so, you have to put the e-mail address of BAthesis in cc. If the supervisor and/or second reader request a paper copy, the student should hand in a paper copy to the supervisor and/or second reader.
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.


General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website

Registration À la carte education, Contract teaching and Exchange

Information for those interested in taking this course in context of À la carte education (without taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.

Information for those interested in taking this course in context of Contract teaching (with taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.
For the registration of exchange students contact Humanities International Office.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Student administration Arsenaal


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