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BA Thesis Arts, Media and Society


Admission requirements

The following courses need to be passed:

  • All first year courses of the BA Arts, Media and Society

  • Both BA2-seminars

  • Framing AMS Case Studies


In this module you will write a thesis and carry out your own research. Each seminar group will have an overarching theme. Students will choose a research topic that connects to one of those themes. The starting point for each individual research project is an object of choice (artwork, building, design, game, performance, etc.). By means of a concise research question the student will relate the object to the theme.

Students will receive individual feedback from the group supervisor, but will also help each other to sharpen their research questions and stay on track with the writing process through peer feedback.

The themes will be announced through Brightspace and students will be asked to submit a motivated preference. Students will be divided into groups based on their preferred theme as well as motivation. In order to ensure an equal balance for each group, students might be reallocated to other theme groups. The final allocation of students in theme groups will be announced before Christmas. Students will be asked to hand in some initial thoughts about a subject of research in January.

The thesis process will involve writing a research proposal, providing peer review and feedback, searching for relevant literature, annotating literature, structuring arguments, and reaching conclusions.

Course objectives

  • Students carry out independent research. They will demonstrate skills acquired over the course of the program, including the ability to build a theoretical framework, choose appropriate methods, identify relevant case studies and apply academic writing skills.

  • Students formulate a clear and feasible art historical research question.

  • Students learn to describe the process and outcomes of their research in an academic text of 6000 words (+/- 10%).


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Seminar and tutorials

Assessment method

Assessment and weighing

  • Final paper (100%)

All papers should be submitted using the Turnitin on Brightspace. Students make appointments with their supervisors about handing in the work on paper as well.
During the seminar ‘knock out criteria’ (minimum requirements for each paper to be passable) will be announced.


Students that hand in their definitive version on the exam date will in the case of an insufficient grade have one opportunity to rewrite the paper and re-submit it on the resit date. Students that do not hand in a paper on the exam date will only have one option to hand in their final paper and that is the resit date.
If the paper handed in on the resit date is (still) of insufficient level, students need to start with a new topic in a new tutorial the next academic year.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

The reading list depends on the chosen theme and topic of the student and should be determined with the supervisor for each topic.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory. Preregistration, using the form distributed in during the Framing AMS Case Studies is mandatory in order to ensure students can be appointed to the right theme group.

General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Student administration Arsenaal.