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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?

Degree programmes


Art History, Bachelor 2 subject


Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Start: Winter- and summer semester
Duration: 6 semesters
Classroom language: German

2-Subject Bachelor Programme: This degree programme requires a second subject.
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Detailed information for international applicants

What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

it does more than just teaching competencies and methods in the field of art history: the university’s in-house art collection (Kunstsammlung), in collaboration with local affiliated institutions, integrate hands-on and application-oriented aspects of curatorial, museum and cultural-heritage management into the degree programme.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • Understanding of cultural heritage
  • Methodology
  • 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,


  • good powers of observation

  • an interest in cultural and historical correlations and issues

  • willingness to autonomously explore new cultural heritage groups and read numerous technical texts

  • the ability of communicating relevant contents orally and in writing


  • contemplating and discussing art in seminars and on site

  • communicating and transferring knowledge

  • developing individual ideas

Struggle through:

  • comprehensive foreign-language (e.g. English, French, Italian, Dutch and Spanish) literature

  • preparing written papers and oral presentations

Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • in museum and exhibition management
  • in the field of heritage protection and urban planning
  • in the art trade and in art societies
  • in media companies and the publishing industry
  • in adult education and tourism

And else?

An internship ...

is optional.

Studying abroad ...

is recommended. It is done in the 3rd-4th semester.
Duration: between a few weeks and one semester

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Studienberatung Kunstgeschichte
Building, Room: GA 2 / 57
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-22556
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

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