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Contemporary Art in a Global Perspective (MA)

Career preparation

Our goal is to prepare you to make a difference in your future career.

Knowledge and skills

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 to make it a career. In recent years students from the Art of the Contemporary World programme have been doing internships at the following organisations:

  • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
  • Museum Volkenkunde/Nationaal Museum voor Wereldculturen
  • Haags Gemeentemuseum
  • Museum De Lakenhal Leiden
  • Prince Claus Fund
  • Waag Society
  • V2
  • Het nieuwe Instituut
  • Museum Voorlinden
  • BAK Basis voor actueel kunst Utrecht
  • Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunst Amsterdam/Prix de Rome
  • Galleries in Leiden, Den Haag and Amsterdam
  • Netherlands Embassies abroad

Humanities Career Service

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.

Humanities Career Event

Each year, the Faculty of Humanities organises a Humanities Careers Event. This all-day event is your chance to learn everything you can about how to find the job you want and successfully attain it. The event includes workshops on a wide range of topics as well as opportunities to network with alumni and potential employers and attain tips, information and potential job leads.

Check out the video of the Humanities Career Event 2019!

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