Universiteit Leiden

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Arts, Media and Society (BA)

Why Leiden University

Leiden University enjoys an excellent worldwide reputation, built on over four centuries of outstanding teaching and research. The university is located in the historic city of Leiden, with easy access to many museums and art institutions.

Five reasons to study Arts, Media and Society in Leiden:

  • It’s a unique, English-taught specialisation of Leiden’s Art History bachelor’s programme.
  • You can study various art forms and artistic media, including the visual arts, film and photography, installation art, bio-art and digital media art.
  • Many of its lecturers are affiliated to the LUCAS Institute, an important arts-oriented research centre.
  • It’s a small-scale programme in which you will learn from leading academics and guest lecturers.
  • Leiden is home to 13 museums and within easy reach of other leading Dutch and European museums.

Study at a world-class university

Leiden University is a world-class university that is one of the oldest in Europe. Founded in 1575, we have consistently been building a solid position of scholarly authority that is recognised in the academic and professional worlds. Leiden, and particularly its Faculty of Humanities, is rated consistently high in all the major Dutch and international rankings, with the Faculty of Humanities as one of its top-tier departments.

Our academic staff includes many scholars with an excellent international reputation. Their research contributes to and shapes the debates that our societies engage in every day. Students can participate in that research, as our staff integrate their latest insights into their lectures.

Commitment to freedom

As our students you are important to us, and we will do everything we can to give you the best possible support. As a university, we are committed to freedom: freedom of spirit, thinking and expression, and we will challenge you to become an independent thinker.

Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research
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Discover the world at the Faculty of Humanities

Leiden University’s Faculty of Humanities offers an inspiring and international work environment with room for diversity and reform for employees and students from the Netherlands and abroad. It offers a wide range of education, with students being able to choose from no less than 26 Bachelor’s and 27 Master’s degree programmes. The Faculty’s research is organised within seven institutes and contributes to six research dossiers for research at Leiden University.

In this era of globalisation, humanities are more important than ever. Migration, integration, trade, and technology are blurring the borders between countries and cultures. To be able to cooperate and live together, it is crucial that we understand each other. Humanities offer the insights we need to do this. The Leiden Faculty of Humanities helps you to discover the world!

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