Art history with a focus on East Asia includes the art and culture of China, Japan and Korea. Objects of East Asian art history are in particular painting, writing, sculpture, architecture, garden art, graphics and applied arts from the Neolithic to modern times. The knowledge of these most important subject areas is conveyed through overall presentations as well as through epoch and genre themes, but also through systematic approaches. The course also includes teaching scientific methods such as form analysis, style criticism, iconography and iconology, source and text studies and reception research.

Program Structure

Art history - major in East Asian art history can only be combined as a core subject with a 60 or 30 credit module from the areas of China, Japan and Korean studies.

The study of art history - majoring in East Asian art history as a 90 CP core subject includes an introductory, advanced and deepening phase as well as the general vocational preparation study area.

In the core subject of art history - majoring in East Asian art history, at the end of the course there is an exemplary deepening and differentiation of a field of study through the independent academic development of a self-selected problem (bachelor thesis).

The general vocational preparation study area (ABV) includes an internship as well as the following areas of competence: foreign languages, information and media competence, gender & diversity competence, organizational and management competence, personal and socio-communicative competence and subject-related additional qualifications in which additional practical professional knowledge and skills are imparted will. The objectives, content and structure of the general vocational preparation study area are regulated in separate ABV study and examination regulations.

The course regulations regulate the structure and process of the course. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the module examinations. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

Art history: major in East Asian art history as a 90 CP core subject

Introductory phase

module Introductory module East Asia: Methods of art historical work
module Introductory Module East Asia: Art and Material Culture
module Introductory Module East Asia: Basics of East Asian Art History

Build-up phase

module Advanced module East Asia: Neolithic to modern times
module Advanced Module East Asia: Modern Times to Present

Two of the following elective modules are to be chosen:

module Cross-focus advanced module: Practice-related studies
module Cross-curricular advanced module: theory and methods
module Introductory Module Africa: Visual Culture
module Introductory module Africa: History of art and its changing functions
module Advanced module Africa: epochs and genres
module Advanced module Africa: Regional and thematic consolidation
module Introductory module Europe and America: Architecture
module Advanced module Europe and America: Modern Times
module Advanced module Europe and America: Modern and Present

Consolidation phase

module Advanced module East Asia   or
advanced module East Asia with mentor qualification

Additional entry requirements
English (level B1 GER)

Career Prospects

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course. 

Above all, activities in the areas of cultural management and public relations, publishing, tourism, art education and museum education, adult education, image archives and digitization as well as activities in commercial companies (e.g. insurance, project management, advertising) that have a branch in Asia come into question.

A master’s degree and, if applicable, a doctorate are prerequisites for management positions or employment in research and teaching.

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