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AMS on site: Practices and Approaches


Admission requirements

Admission requirements for the BA AMS.


In this course you will bring theories and approaches to the arts, media and society into productive contact with practice. You will do so through enquiry-based learning, which is a way of learning in which you as a student actively engage with a theme or subject through identifying problems and posing questions. So instead of the teacher presenting you with facts, theories, or knowledge, it is now up you to investigate a research topic.

The teacher will help you and advise you during the process and will also give you certain assignments (such as peer-to-peer review, PechaKucha and co-designed exercises), but in the end, you are driving the process. In groups you will develop a theme, a conceptual framework and a research question, that you will then investigate and probe further in a (partly) out-of-the classroom setting (e.g. sites, museums, libraries, archives, institutions) and from the combined angles of arts, media and society.

We expect you to keep a record during the course in a notebook and you will also be required to collect a variety of audio-visual data and other materials. This audio-visual material is vital to supplement and exemplify the ongoing record of your activity as being described in your diary. It can be used to present the results of your enquiry as part of the exhibition at the end of the course, but can also offer useful material for your final essay.

Course objectives

  • Students learn to engage with enquiries into real-world issues and practices through the lens of Arts, Media and Society.

  • Students learn to develop the skills necessary for remembering and recording ‘evidence’ of your observations and experiences.

  • Students learn to use material gathered as a basis for critical reflection and further research

  • Students learn to document and demonstrate their personal development across the duration of the course.

  • Students learn to situate a chosen theme in relation to the literature of a chosen research field.

  • Students learn to use methods to critically analyse own experiences and positionality and relate it to concepts and theories.

  • Students learn to learn to work in teams.


Please note: for the final schedule the Timetable BA Art History on the Art History website

Mode of instruction

  • Seminars

  • Workshops

  • Excursions

  • Fieldwork

Course Load

Course load in summary: 10 ects (280 hrs)

  • 20 hours: Attendance seminars: 2 hrs weekly x 10 weeks

  • 60 hours: Preparations in groups outside classroom hours

  • 40 hours: Excursions, research and fieldwork

  • 40 hours: Required readings (approx. 280 pages à 7 pages/hr)

  • 40 hours: Keeping notes and collecting audio-visual materials

  • 44 hours: Preparation of exhibition (group)

  • 36 hours: Final essay (individual)

280 hrs

Assessment method

  • Notebook (25 %)

  • Exhibition (15 %).

  • Essay (60%).

Compensation: The weighted average of the (constituent) examinations must be at least 6.0 (= a pass). The mark for the final examination (or the main assignment) must be at least 6.0 at (= a pass). The mark for all other constituent examinations must be at least 6.0 (= a pass). However, it is possible to compensate for one constituent examination a 5.0 (but not a mark lower than 5.0) with the grade of another constituent examination which has the same weight in the average as the constituent examination it compensates.

Resit: A resit/ rewrite can be done for constituent examinations which are failed. As far as applicable all resits/ rewrites take place at the same time, after the final (constituent) examination.

Exam review: 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 be organized.


Blackboard will be used to make course materials accessible.

Reading list

A selection of articles and book chapters (to be announced).


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Prof. dr. S. (Sybille) Lammes

Arts, Media and Society student administration, Huizinga Building (Doelensteeg 16), room 1. Tel. 071 5272687