Arts and Culture (research), 2014-2015

This Research Master’s programme is a two-year programme, consisting of four semesters. It offers five specialisations:

  • Art of the Contemporary World and World Art Studies
  • Early Modern and Medieval Art
  • Architecture
  • Design and Decorative Art Studies
  • Museums and Collections

First year

Second year

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Objectives
Programme
Master thesis and requirements for graduation

Objectives

Knowledge and insight

This Research Master programme Arts and Culture is closely connected to the Reserach Master Literary Studies and has three main objectives. First, it seeks to provide students with a shared methodological and theoretical basis and to broaden their scope by adding a comparative element. These objectives will be realized in the compulsory team-taught common courses in the program. Second, the program will also allow students to acquire sophisticated knowledge and technical expertise in the area of their specialisation. This objective will be realized in those parts of the programme that are track-specific. And third, the programme wants to train the students as independent researchers. Although obviously this third objective will be part of each section of the programme, it will receive particular and separate attention in the tutorial that will prepare the student for his or her final thesis, the thesis seminar, and the seminar in which the students will be asked to present the results of their thesis and to write a research proposal for future research (a PhD-thesis) in the last semester.

Skills

Graduates of this programme are able

  • to independently identify and collect the literature and (historical) sources of the field using traditional and modern techniques;
  • to independently study the literature, art works etc., and sources of the field and to judge their quality and reliability;
  • to formulate a clear and well-founded thesis and to subdivide it into convenient and manageable parts of the problem;
  • to give a clear and well-founded oral and written report of research results meeting the criteria of the field;
  • to initiate and conduct a research project under expert supervision at the entrance level of national or international subsequent education.

Also see: http://hum.leiden.edu/students/regulations.

Programme

Structure

This Research Master’s programme offers five specialisations:

  • Art of the Contemporary World and World Art Studies
  • Early Modern and Medieval Art
  • Architecture
  • Design and Decorative Art Studies
  • Museums and Collections

First semester

The students have the opportunity to take the course in ‘Practices and debates in Art History’, which addresses current methodological issues in art history.
In addition, students take two elective courses:

  • one elective course is an interdisciplinary Research master course from their period of specialisation (Medieval/Early Modern Studies or Modern/Contemporary Studies)
  • one elective course (research seminar) is from the discipline of specialisation, for instance Art of the Contemporary World and World Art Studies, Early Modern and Medieval Art, Architecture etc.

It is possible to change one of the elective courses for the Research master course ‘Interculturality I’.

Second semester

Compulsory for all students (Arts and Culture and Literary Studies) is the course Methodological Concepts in Art and Literature;
In addition, students take two elective courses:

  • one elective course is an interdisciplinary Research master course from their period of specialisation (Medieval/Early Modern Studies or Modern/Contemporary Studies)
  • one elective course (research seminar) is from the discipline of specialisation, for instance Art of the Contemporary World and World Art Studies, Early Modern and Medieval Art, Architecture etc.

It is possible to change one of the elective courses for the Research master course ‘Interculturality II’.

Third semester

Students follow a Research Colloquium (5 ec) and a Thesis seminar (5 ec).
Then they take one elective (10 ec) from their period of specialisation (Medieval/Early Modern studies or Modern/Contemporary studies) and one elective MA course from the discipline of specialisation (10 ec).
Or they can follow a special study abroad program/internship (20 ec).

Fourth semester

There will be a continuation of the thesis seminar (5 ec) and students write their thesis (25 ec) under the supervision of an academic member of staff.

Masterthesis and requirements for graduation

The thesis is a written report of research which the student carries out under supervision by a lecturer but with a high degree of independence. In principle, the thesis must be of sufficient quality to be published in an academic journal in the relevant field. The thesis for this master’s corresponds to 25 ec, which generally corresponds to a maximum of 25,000 words including notes, bibliography and appendices.
Besides the masterthesis (25 ec) the student has to have successfully completed the prescribed courses up to 90 ec.

Also see: hum.leiden.edu/students/regulations.

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