Universiteit Leiden

nl en

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 2016-2020. 

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 34 Culture, sports and recreation
  • 9 Government and semi-government organisations
  • 9 Communication and marketing
  • 9 IT
  • 9 Wholesale and detail
  • 6 Education
  • 6 Research
  • 3 Publishing
  • 3 Corporate services
  • 3 Consultancy
  • 9 Other

How successful are they in finding a job?

  • 82 % found a job within two months
  • 70 % found their first job at academic level

Career preparation

Find out how this programme exactly prepares you for your future career and check our career preparation activities.

The master’s programme in Arts and Culture at Leiden University will equip you with a range of important skills and knowledge that will help you thrive in your future career. Your specialised knowledge is complemented by highly-developed critical-thinking skills that can be applied to any issue, in any role.

Relevant professional skills and experience

Our emphasis on learning outside of the classroom is one of the ways in which we give our students a head-start in their future careers. We encourage you to network with practitioners during field trips, to work as an intern at an organisation, join an exchange programme, and sign up for extracurricular activities to acquire valuable practical skills and experience.

Many of our students choose to do an internship during their study. Internships are a great way to gain invaluable first-hand experience in your area of interest before you decide on making it a career. In recent years, students from Art, Architecture and Interior before 1800 have participated in internships at:

  • The Rijksmuseum
  • The RKD (Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie
  • The Courtauld Institute in London

Our staff can help you identify both the career that is right for you, and the necessary steps to get you there. Our team at Humanities Career Service provide all Leiden University humanities students with professional advice and guidance on everything from internships and career planning to job applications. Humanities Career Service also organises regular workshops on topics such as effective interview skills and creating a successful CV.

The Humanities Career Service offers you various (online) workshops, webinars and info sessions. Check our overview of career activities

The Leiden University Career Zone is an online career portal that helps you to prepare for the job market. Here you can find information, tools and tips to help you gain more personal insight, learn about the job market, develop your application skills, plan your academic and professional career, find job vacancies and discover what the Career Service can do for you.

Join the Mentor Network to contact alumni with experience on the labour market and ask them for advice. More than 1200 alumni are happy to help you!

Jelle on finding an internship via Leiden University's Mentor Network

Due to the selected cookie settings, we cannot show this video here.

Watch the video on the original website or

This website uses cookies. More information.