Media Studies: Film and Photographic Studies

Universiteit Leiden

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The Master's in Film and Photographic Studies at Leiden University takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of 'lens-based' media: photography, film and video.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
The Film and Photographic Studies MA covers the history and theory of film and photography within the broad context of visual and other media.

Designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a related field or relevant professional experience, this programme offers excellent preparation for a career in cinema, photography or media/art.

At the Leiden University Library you can access one of the oldest photo collections in the Netherlands. Learn from acclaimed scholars at Leiden University's Humanities department, as well as artists, critics, and curators.

Acquire an interdisciplinary understanding of these mediums. Explore theories and discourses and the history of lens-based media since the nineteenth century.

An exciting range of teaching methodologies include lectures, workshops, seminars, field trips and internships. Our students have done internships in organisations including New York's International Center of Photography and London's Victoria & Albert Museum.

  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 25th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.
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Waarom aan de Universiteit Leiden?

Leiden University offers ambitious students the latest knowledge and the freedom to develop their own area of expertise.
  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty recently ranked number one in Europe and 17th in the world in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking. You learn from some of the world's leading scholars in disciplines ranging from linguistics to history and literature, as well as experts from our many international partner institutions.
  • Leiden University is one of Europe's top research universities and an international centre of expertise. Students access the unique and outstanding resources of Leiden University, including its world-famous library.
  • Our reputation as a centre of excellence means that your qualification is respected by organisations worldwide. Our graduates enjoy successful careers thanks to their mix of relevant professional skills, in-depth knowledge and academic abilities.


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The Master's in Film and Photographic Studies consists of 60 EC taken over two semesters.
The first semester focuses on various aspects of the study of film and photography through the two lecture series Media Art Politics and Topical Debates on Photography in Historical Perspective. You also choose an elective, either Film Presentation or the Editorial and Curatorial Training Programme. The aim of these courses is to provide you with insights into the various practices surrounding film and photography.

The second semester focuses on current debates on the ontology of cinema (in relation to photography), on subjectivity, on temporality and the spatial turn, through the lecture series Contemporary Theories of Film. If you are preparing to do an an internship, we recommend you combine this with your MA thesis. You will write this thesis under the guidance of a supervisor. Students who are actively engaged in work as a photographer or documentary film-maker may submit a visual thesis as their final project.

A detailed curriculum for the Master's in Book and Digital Media is available in the e-Prospectus which applies to the current academic year:

For a detailed overview of the curriculum, please visit the e-prospectus:
Topical Debates on Photography in Historical Perspective
10 EC
Media, Art, Theory
10 EC
10 EC
MA Thesis
20 EC
Contemporary Theories of Film
10 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
case study, excursion, group discussion, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, portfolio, project, seminar, internship, exhibition, tutorial, self study
instruction modes
If you intend to do an internship, it is recommended to do so in combination with the MA thesis. Interns have been placed within such organisations as the Photography Collection in Leiden, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Magnum (New York), International Center of Photography (New York), Museum of Photography (Rotterdam), The Museum of Photography (The Hague), FOAM (Amsterdam), Fotomuseum Winterthur, and Victoria & Albert Museum (London).
study abroad
Students work on various projects and presentations, and they are given the opportunity to follow an internship in the Netherlands or abroad.
The aim of this programme is to equip you with a broad and indisciplinary knowledge of lens-based mediums. The programme covers:
  • Interdisciplinary methods in the study of photography, film and video;
  • Aesthetic, social and political theories of photography, film and video;
  • Avant-garde, documentary, independent, and mainstream practices of photography, film and video
  • The interconnections among photography, film and video, and other visual art practices;
  • The relationship between film, photography, video and other media arts to dominant media practices, such as television or Hollywood cinema;
  • Media archaeology;
  • The presentation forms of photography, film and video (exhibitions, internet, publications, reviews, etc.);
  • Photography, film and video as research practice;
  • Strategies in the field of collecting, conservation and arts administration;
  • Recent developments such as digital photography and new media.

honours-/excellence program Leiden Leadership Programme

The Leiden Leadership Programme (LLP) is an honours programme of 15 ECs on top of the regular master's curriculum. The programme consists of training courses, seminars and a practical assignment.

Are you looking for an extra challenge in addition to your Leiden master's programme? Are you adventurous enough to look beyond the borders of your own master's programme? The Leiden Leadership Programme may be just what you are looking for.

The programme gives you the opportunity to develop your leadership skills. You will follow seminars and courses, as well as carrying out a practical assignment for a company or organisation as part of a small, multidisciplinary team. Your lecturers will be leading academics and experienced professionals from the business sector.

Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 17500

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend


  • Knowledge, understanding and skills in analysis of film, photography and/or video comparable with those acquired upon completing the bachelor's programme Film and Literary Studies from Leiden University with a specialisation in Film Studies
  • Skills in the use of library information systems

A bachelor's degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor's degree, in art history, culture studies, visual anthropology, media studies or a similar discipline.

studie kosten
bron: Universiteit Leiden
bedrag kostenpost
€ 10000levensonderhoudper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

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350kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1218totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


182 studenten volgen deze opleiding
72% daarvan is vrouw
15 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
93% daarvan is vrouw
27713 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
59% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


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Op kamers in Leiden

31058studenten studerend
12630studenten woonachtig   
€ 350gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
20 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête


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1/13 Universiteit Leiden
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€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
15 eerstejaars
93% vrouw
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100% Engelstalig
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€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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93% vrouw
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3/13 Universiteit Leiden
Literature and Theory
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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93% vrouw
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Book and Digital Media Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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93% vrouw
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100% Engelstalig
5/13 Universiteit Leiden
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€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
15 eerstejaars
93% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
100% Engelstalig
6/13 Erasmus
Media Studies - Eng
€ 342 gemiddelde kamerhuur
47 eerstejaars
74% vrouw
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100% Engelstalig
7/13 Erasmus
Media Studies - NL
€ 342 gemiddelde kamerhuur
47 eerstejaars
74% vrouw
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100% Nederlandstalig
8/13 Maastricht University
€ 308 gemiddelde kamerhuur
19 eerstejaars
78% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
9/13 UU
New Media and Digital Culture
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
27 eerstejaars
?% vrouw
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100% Engelstalig
10/13 UU
Film- en televisiewetenschap
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
22 eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
11/13 Amsterdam UVA
Film Studies
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
60 eerstejaars
63% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
12/13 Amsterdam UVA
Television and Cross-Media Culture
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
60 eerstejaars
63% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
13/13 Amsterdam UVA
New Media and Digital Culture
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
60 eerstejaars
63% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
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In 2015 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Media Studies: Film and Photographic Studies aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door 38 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.8 uit 5.

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

This MA gives you a sound basis of knowledge, skills and insights into the theory and practice of film and photography.
Leiden University's Humanities graduates do very well in the job market. A master's degree enhances the career prospects of all our bachelor's graduates, as does relevant work experience during your studies and choosing your electives strategically.

You will be qualified to perform at a high level in a range of professions, such as a film and photo historian, curator, critic, picture editor or independent exhibition producer.

Some of the positions of our alumni include:

  • Content manager at a financial institute
  • Co-ordinator of photo editing and editor at a press office
  • Desk editor at an academic publishing house
  • Project officer for digital education at a Dutch university
  • Freelance photographer and curator
  • Freelance photo editor, researcher and producer
  • Project manager for graphics and communications at a media company
  • Freelance (image/video) editor
  • Freelance image editor at a commercial television station
  • Creative director at a photography festival foundation
  • Owner of a company producing films and videos.

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