Film and Photographic Studies

Leiden University

12 months
18300 EUR/year
2143 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The master’s programme in Film and Photographic Studies at Leiden University covers the history and theory of film and photography within the broad context of visual and other media.


Why study Film and Photographic Studies at Leiden University?

This one-year master’s programme takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of ‘lens-based’ media: photography, film and video. 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.


Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University

Some of the positions of our alumni include:

  • Programmer of a film festival
  • Assistant curator
  • Photography editor at a photography magazine
  • 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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Media, Art and Theory 
  • Topical Debates on Photography in Historical Perspective
  • Curating Film and Video
  • Editorial and Curatorial Training Programme
  • Contemporary Theories of Film

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines






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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university (in the specialisation) in Film and Literary Studies: Film Studies; Art History, Culture Studies, Visual Anthropology or Media Studies (especially film or photography).
  • Holders of a comparable bachelor’s degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree, or who can demonstrate that they meet the requirements for such a degree, may also be granted admission.
  • Completed the pre-master's / bridging programme. 
  • You should have knowledge of and insight into analysis of film, photography and/or video comparable with those acquired upon completing one of the bachelor's programmes referred to above.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18300 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.


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Film and Photographic Studies
Leiden University