Design, Culture & Society
Leiden University’s MA in Arts and Culture specialisation in Design, Culture & Society is your opportunity to study the design of objects and interiors from the perspective of their significance for the direction of design in general and their role in shaping cultural identity. Join a master’s programme at a university with a long and distinguished tradition in both research and education in the field of design and decorative art, from the Early Modern to the Post-modern period.
Choose Design, Culture & Society at Leiden University:
- Develop your knowledge in a wide range of areas including the (re)presentation of layout and design in old and modern sources; the reception of layout and design in written texts; interiors, design and gender identity; and the history of domestic culture and objects that determine the domestic culture.
- Gain real-world experience with a work placement at a leading museum or other institution specialised in cultural preservation in the Netherlands, or in contemporary design under the guidance of your research tutor.
- Customise your degree by determining your own focal area – for instance examining discussions on the effects of the decoration, function and aesthetics of interiors and objects from a particular period, culture or community, or making an in-depth study of present-day engaged forms of design, such as ecodesign and biodesign.
- Learn how to analyse written sources on decorative arts, material culture and design, assess and critique their relevant theoretical viewpoints and concepts, and frame them within different contexts.
- Examine the designer/producer relationship, production processes and market mechanisms, as well as the transition from sophisticated craft work, to (semi) industrialised mass production and modern technologies that challenge the notions of craft and design.
The Department of Arts and Culture also offers a two-year Research master’s programme.
Check out the programme in Design and Decorative Art Studies.