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Art History

... looks into questions such as ...

  • Which scopes and methods does this subject entail?
  • How can a work of art be described, analysed and classified within a cultural and historical context?
  • In which way and to what effect is art used as a communication medium?
  • How is art perceived and theorised?
  • Which role does art play in society and which production and distribution requirements are there?
  • Being able to work and research autonomously, discovering the bigger picture in the arts of the different centuries – this is what I enjoy most!

    Imke Kuhn, Bachelor's degree read more ...

Degree programmes


Art History, Master 1 subject

What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

it offers the chance of deepening the expertise and competencies acquired in the B.A. course by choosing a specialist subject and receiving interdisciplinary input, with the aim of conducing scientific research. Moreover, collaborating institutions provide workplace-related training.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • Understanding of cultural heritage
  • Expertise and method canon and autonomous compilation of current scientific position
  • Problems pertaining to historical eras, their boundaries and the crossing of boundaries
  • Categories, media, functions, techniques, contexts, forms and styles
  • Factors affecting development, functional, social and heritage-related contexts, plus informative intentions inherent to the artefacts
  • Professional practice

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,

... have:
basic understanding of general art history, the ability of communicating relevant facts and interpretations orally and in writing
... enjoy:
discussing art history in view of scientific and historical developments and current discourses, communicating knowledge, developing individual research position
... struggle through:
comprehensive foreign-language (e.g. English, French, Italian, Dutch and Spanish) literature, preparing advanced-level written papers and oral presentations

This degree programme is suited for graduates in the following subjects
  • Humanities and Cultural Science
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • at universities and in academia in general
  • in museum and exhibition management and the art trade
  • in heritage protection and urban planning
  • in media companies and the publishing industry
  • in adult education and tourism

And else?

An internship ...

is recommended. It is done during the degree course.
Duration: min. 4 weeks

Studying abroad ...

is recommended. It is done in the 2nd-3rd semester.
Duration: between a few weeks and one semester

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Studienberatung Kunstgeschichte
Building, Room: GA 2/162
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-24669
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

Fachschaft Kunstgeschichte
Building, Room: GA 2/53
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-24741
Website Fachschaft


Degree: Master of Arts
Start: Winter- and summer semester
Duration: 4 semesters
Classroom language: German

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