Programme Art in the Contemporary World and World Art Studies

Programme information

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The specialisation Art in the Contemporary World and World Art Studies offers students a challenging trajectory throughout the vast and pluralist field of modern and contemporary art.

Issues that will be dealt with regard major changes that characterize our times, in particular globalization and the large-scale embrace and integration of science and technology. This all has a great impact on both the making and our reflection on art. Within this dynamic, contemporary art is viewed as a site where social discourses converge in new ways. The artwork and the way it challenges us to ask questions and to deal with it is always the point of departure.

In addition, the reading list Art in the Contemporary World aims to give students insight in specialist works on theories and approaches to contemporary art in a global world as well as cross-cultural implications of World Art Studies. For this self study literature module students choose 650 pages of preferred titles from a general list. The literature will be studied for an oral or written exam. In the final thesis the student explores an argument with regard to an object or concept related to contemporary art.

Aside from the courses that are part of the programme Art of the Contemporary World and World Art Studies there are optional courses that may be revelant to students following this programme.

Timetables and calendar

Prospectus: programme overview and course description

The Prospectus contains overviews and course details for all programmes in the Faculty of Humanities (and other faculties). The information in the Prospectus is updated annually, in June. Please consult the Arts and Culture section of the Prospectus for more information.

Application, enrollment and examinations

  • To enroll in a specific course or examination, use the Study administration system uSis.
  • This website is intended for students who are already enrolled in the programme. Prospective students looking for application information should consult

Papers and thesis

During your Master's studies you will need to write papers and a thesis. The following documents will give you information about the preferred lay-out for papers, the registration form for your MA thesis, and the evaluation form which is used to grade your thesis:

Study advice

Every department (or degree programme) has a Co-ordinator of Studies (studiecoördinator). The Co-ordinator of Studies knows all the ins and outs of the programme and can help with any problems. Typical subjects to discuss with the Co-ordinator of Studies are: student progress (and delay) and exam regulations.

Graduation procedures

MA students who are ready to apply for their graduation should follow the graduation procedure. See the graduation website for more information about this procedure, the MA thesis, and how to deregister from Leiden University after graduation.

Teaching and Examination Regulations and Faculty Regulations

All the rights and obligations of students in the Humanities faculty are set out in regulations. The most important of these are indicated below. (The list is not exhaustive; more documentation on regulations may appear here in the future.)

  • Teaching and Examination Regulations state the contents of your programme and the specialisations within the programme.
  • Registration for lectures, tutorials and tests is obligatory: see the uSis registration procedure.
  • The Student Charter informs students about what they can expect from the University and what the University expects from them.
  • Regulations on plagiarism are in place, to counter any instances of malpractice. These regulations provide advice on how to use sources and citations.

Boards, committees, and co-participation

Students within the Faculty of Humanities, are represented in the following boards and committees:

  • the departmental Teaching Committee
  • the departmental or institute administration ór Institute Board
  • the Faculty Council
  • the Faculty Board

Another committee that is relevant to your studies, but in which students are not represented, is the Board of Examiners.

Contact and staff for Art in the Contemporary World

Last Modified: 01-12-2016