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Arts, Media and Society (BA)

Nowadays, the arts and media are inextricably connected to the society in which we live. The Arts, Media and Society bachelor’s programme will take you on an enlightening journey during which you’ll explore the issues in society we currently face from the perspectives of the arts and the media.

Zofia van der Kroft

first year student

Zofia van der Kroft

"I visited the Open Day in Leiden and within the first five minutes of the presentation of AMS, I knew this was the right programme for me. It combined all of my interests: arts (with a focus on modern art), a bit of politics and societal issues. The Open Day was also useful because I got the chance to talk to students about their experiences and get a bit of feel for the atmosphere at the university. It was very welcoming."

Iris van Beers

Student Art history and AMS

Iris van Beers

"I really like the programme. The AMS courses address the relationship between art and society, which makes it highly relevant. For example, we look at how current issues such as gender inequality and climate change are reflected in the work of contemporary artists. It is very satisfying to see a lot of what you learn played out in daily life and in the news."

Sybille Lammes

Professor New Media and Digital Culture

Sybille Lammes

"The Arts, Media and Society programme is an English-taught track of the Art History programme with an obvious leaning towards the roles of contemporary art and media in society. It is a highly contemporary study that combines perspectives from many different humanities fields, but it’s firmly anchored in a historical context. We want to make students aware of the history of art and cultural expression so they understand them in all their contemporary complexities."

Why study Arts, Media and Society?

By providing a unique view on complex issues, art plays a distinct and highly relevant role in today’s society. It is also an indispensable force for good in any democratic society. In the Arts, Media and Society bachelor’s programme you’ll see how contemporary art engages with society about global issues, such as terrorism, biotechnology, ecology, and politics. You’ll also learn how art, film, photography and digital media are shaping our society and how the arts and media can help provide strategies for social and political activism.

Sign up now for the Experience Day! Visit us on campus in Leiden and get to know more about the programme.

Why Arts, Media and Society at Leiden University?

  • It’s a small-scale, highly international programme taught in English and linked to Leiden University’s globally acclaimed bachelor’s programme in Art History.
  • You will be based in the beautiful city of Leiden, close to great contemporary museums and media institutions in Leiden, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
  • The programme can fall back on an extensive national and international network of scholars, artists and scientists. They are regularly invited into our classrooms to lecture on what they do and share their thoughts and experiences with our students.

Is this programme for you?

If you can answer “yes” to the following questions, we can safely say that the Arts, Media and Society programme is for you.

  • Do you care about the challenges we face today and are you fascinated by the way that art and artists comment on these challenges?
  • Do you want to understand the place of contemporary media in society and art?
  • Would you like to discover the relevance of arts and media in society?
  • Do you feel at home in an intercultural and interdisciplinary environment?
  • Are you fascinated by the influence of art on challenges in society?
In some AMS courses we invite artists that engage with societal issues to bring you into direct contact with contemporary art practice. In the photo: Bernhard Lenger & Hannah van Luttervelt.

Experience the programme online

Join our Online Experience and get a taste of our programme.

On campus Experience Day

Sign up now for the Experience Day! Visit us on campus in Leiden  November 23 and get to know more about the programme.

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