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Arts, Media and Society, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #70 (WUR) Leiden, Netherlands
Nowadays, the arts and media are inextricably connected to the society in which we live. The Arts, Media and Society bachelor’s programme, offered by Leiden University, will take you on an enlightening journey during which you’ll explore the issues in society we currently face from the perspectives of the arts and the media.
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By providing a unique view on complex issues, art plays a distinct and highly relevant role in today’s society. It is also an indispensable force for good in any democratic society. 

In the Arts, Media and Society bachelor’s programme at Leiden University you’ll see how contemporary art engages with society about global issues, such as terrorism, biotechnology, ecology, and politics. You’ll also learn how art, film, photography and digital media are shaping our society and how the arts and media can help provide strategies for social and political activism.

Why Arts, Media and Society at Leiden University?

  • It’s a small-scale, highly international programme taught in English and linked to Leiden University’s globally acclaimed bachelor’s programme in Art History.
  • You will be based in the beautiful city of Leiden, close to great contemporary museums and media institutions in Leiden, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
  • The programme can fall back on an extensive national and international network of scholars, artists and scientists. They are regularly invited into our classrooms to lecture on what they do and share their thoughts and experiences with our students.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • How the World Makes Art
  • Arts in Society
  • Big Media
  • Museums, Cultural Heritage and Collections
  • World Art Studies
  • A.M.S. in Theory and Practice

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • a copy of a valid passport or European ID card
  • a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • a CV (résumé)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11800 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2168 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Leiden

  • 850 - 1250 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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