Programme Design, Culture and Society
- Programme information
- Timetables and calendar
- Prospectus: programme overview and course description
- Application, enrollment and examinations
- Papers and thesis
- Study advice
- Graduation procedures
- Teaching and Examination Regulations and Faculty Regulations
- Boards, committees, and co-participation
- Contact and staff for Design and Decorative Art Studies
The specialisation Design, Culture and Society aims to give students training in historical research after design and decorative arts as well as insight in theoretical analyses of contemporary artefacts that can be headed under the concept of ‘design’.
Students who follow this specialisation will be taught how to reflect on design from both a historical perspective and engaged contemporary theoretical perspective. A first research seminar teaches how to analyse written primary sources from various periods (16th to 20th century) that are used in specialist discourses on design history. A second research seminar teaches students to reflect on contemporary issues in relation to the notion or concept of design.
In addition, the reading list Design, Culture and Society aims to give students insight in specialist reference works on various theoretical aspects and approaches to design and decorative art of all periods and with cross-cultural references as well. For this self study module students choose 650 pages of preferred titles from a general list. The literature will be studied individually for an oral or written exam. In the final thesis the student explores an argument with regard to an object or concept related to design or decorative arts.
The timetables for Design, Culture and Society Studies will give you the locations and scheduling of your classes, organised per year of study.
The academic calendar provides an overview of course schedules, examination periods and holidays.
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.
- 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 unileidenmasters.nl.
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:
- Format for text lay-out for papers
- Registration form MA thesis Arts and Culture 2013-2014
- Thesis grade and evaluation form
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Secretary's Office (for all your questions concerning study administration)
- Co-ordinator of Studies (for all questions and problems related to the progress of your studies)
- Staff members teaching in Arts and Culture programmes