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Film and Photographic Studies (MA)

The master’s programme in Film and Photographic Studies at Leiden University covers the history and theory of film and photography within the broad context of visual and other media.

Why study Film and Photographic Studies at Leiden University?

This one-year master’s programme takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of ‘lens-based’ media: photography, film and video. Designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a related field or relevant professional experience, this programme offers excellent preparation for a career in cinema, photography or media art.

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Learn from leading experts

The programme is taught by acclaimed scholars at Leiden University's Faculty of Humanities, as well as artists, critics, and curators. You will also be able to benefit from access to the Leiden University Library which has one of the oldest photo collections in the Netherlands.

Admission and Application

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An exciting range of learning methodologies

Film and Photographic Studies will provide you with an interdisciplinary understanding of lens-based media. During the programme you will have the opportunity to explore theories and histories of these media since the nineteenth century through a mix of lectures, workshops, seminars and excursions.

Find out more about the career prospects

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 23 Culture, sports and recreation
  • 23 Communication and marketing
  • 15 Education
  • 8 IT
  • 8 Government and semi-government
  • 23 Other

The graph above is based on alumni data from the MA Media Studies - Film and Photographic Studies 2016-2020

Film and Photographic Studies degree

Film and Photographic Studies at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a master’s degree in Media Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

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