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Art, Architecture and Interior before 1800 (MA)

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University.

What our graduates do

Your MA in Arts and Culture degree will qualify you for a wide range of professions in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including cultural institutions, publishing, media, and public relations, depending on the specialisation you have chosen. You will also be qualified to pursue a PhD and a career in academia.

Our Arts and Culture graduates are currently working with companies including Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder, Sdu Publishers, Valiz publishers, Primavera Press, the Repeat Group, Gavelers Auctioneers and Lyppens, and at art venues such as BAK Utrecht and museums including the Haags Gemeentemuseum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden.

Examples of the diverse roles of our graduates include:

  • Curator at a museum
  • Collections manager at a natural history museum
  • Project officer for heritage at a government agency
  • Art teacher at a secondary school
  • Auctioneer at an online auction house
  • Research consultant at a recruitment company
  • Teacher of art and theory at an art school
  • Freelance artist and illustrator
  • Newspaper critic
  • Director of a publishing company
  • PhD candidate

A Leiden University degree

Leiden University master's graduates are sought-after employees at (inter)national organisations. Our graduates are known for their combination of robust academic training, in-depth and relevant knowledge, and critical, multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving.

André van Deursen

graduated in Art, Architecture and Interior before 1800 (MA Arts and Culture)

André van Deursen

“In 2015 I started with the master track Arts and Culture – Architecture at Leiden University to improve my historical research skills and to deepen my knowledge about architecture history, in addition to my studies of Architecture at Delft University of Technology.”

Fulltime job as researcher and designer “After I finished my master track in Leiden in June 2017, I continued my studies and graduation in Delft which I finished in June 2018 on the topic of using Heritage Studies to create a Redevelopment Strategy for vacant farmhouses in Central Italy. Since then I work fulltime as researcher and designer at an architecture firm (Studio D11) that is specialized in renovation and transformation of monumental buildings.”

Gain the most from two disciplines “In particular the skills for research and writing that I have learned during the Arts&Culture mastertrack have become valuable for my graduation at Delft University of Technology and my current work at Studio D11. Combined with my analytical approach and creative design skills I can gain the most from the two disciplines in the different projects I work on.”

The graphs below are based on alumni data from the MA in Arts and Culture. 

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 35.0 Culture, sports and recreation
  • 15.0 Education
  • 15.0 Research
  • 8.0 Business services
  • 5.0 Government and semi-government organisations
  • 3.0 Communication
  • 19.0 Miscellaneous

How successful are they in finding a job?

  • 86.0 % found a job within two months
  • 70.0 % found their first job at academic level

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