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Arts and Culture: Early Modern and Medieval Art

In the Early Modern and Medieval Art specialisation, part of the MA in Arts and Culture you study visual art and visual culture from the period between 1400 and 1750. This specialisation has three key themes that are offered only in Leiden in this configuration:

  • The interaction between Italy and the Low Countries

  • The interaction between the arts, primarily between painting and sculpture and their architectonic context

  • Print and drawing art

In your study of these themes you will work closely with the University Library, museums in Leiden and The Hague, and the Dutch interuniversity art history institutes in Rome and Florence. Excursions to these institutions are a structural aspect of the specialisation.

Compulsory courses for all students, regardless of specialisation:

  • Practices and debates (5 EC)

  • Thesis seminar (5 EC)

  • Thesis (20 EC)

In order to meet the demands of any specialisation you need to follow a minimum of 45 EC in your chosen specialisation. The most common study path to meet this requirement is:

  • 2 Research seminars in field of specialisation (2 × 10 EC)

  • Thesis seminar (5 EC)

  • Thesis (20 EC)

Free Component (10 EC): You can choose any course offered within the MA Arts and Culture, a course on an Arts and Culture subject taught in another MA or an approved Internship.

Please note that several additional workshops will be offered during the academic year. Information will be available on our website.

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Course objectives

  • to enable students to acquire academic knowledge, understanding and skills, and train them in the use of scientific methods in the field of Arts and Culture in general, and in particular with regard to the chosen specialisation;

  • to enable students to develop the following academic and professional skills:

    • independent academic reasoning and conduct,
    • the ability to analyse complex problems,
    • academic reporting;
  • to prepare students for an academic career and further education;

  • to prepare students for a career outside academia.

Structure

The structure of the programme is the following:

  • Practices and Debates (5 credits);

  • Two Research Seminars from the chosen specialisation in the master’s programme in Arts and Culture (20 credits);

  • Free Component (10 credits);

  • Thesis Seminar (5 credits);

  • Thesis (20 credits).

Full-time and part-time

The programme consits of 60 EC, to be completed in one year.
Part-time students complete the programme in 1,5 years. Courses are scheduled during office hours.

Requirements for graduation:

In order to graduate, students must have completed 60 EC of courses including the writing of the thesis. The master’s programme is concluded with a master’s thesis containing the results of the individual research.

In order to meet the demands of any specialisation you need to follow a minimum of 45 EC in your chosen specialisation.
The most common study path to meet this requirement:

  • 2 Research seminars in field of specialisation (20 EC);

  • Thesis seminar (5 EC);

  • Thesis (20 EC).

Specialisations

The specialisations are: Architecture, Early Modern and Medieval Art, Museums & Collections, Art of the Contemporary World and World Art Studies and Design and Decorative Art Studies.

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Courses

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Obligatory courses

Practices and Debates in Art History 5
Thesis Seminar Arts and Culture 5
Free Component 10
MA Thesis Arts and Culture 20

Take the following Research Seminars

Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Art and Architecture of the Burgundian Era 10
Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Paris c. 1750, the Birth of the Modern Art World 10

Free Component (10 EC)

You can choose any course offered within the MA Arts and Culture, a course on an Arts and Culture subject taught in another MA or an approved Internship.
Suggestions:

Modern Sculpture as Exhibition Project 5
Art & Life Sciences rsp 5 en 6
Internship Arts and Culture 10