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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, Master 1 subject


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

Detailed information for international applicants

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 / 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