The two bachelor's degree programs that begin in the winter semester (art history core subject, art history supplementary subject) are designed for 6 semesters and require the study of a further subject. The study of art history includes the acquisition of extensive basic knowledge in the three areas:
1) Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (300-1400)
2) the early modern period (1400-1800)
3) modern and present (from 1800)
Appropriate overview events on methodology and form theory - supported by object-centered exercises - enable the development of a sound knowledge of regional and national works, especially in the areas of painting, sculpture, architecture, ornament, design, urbanism, garden art, performance, video, photography and Dance. Thematic basic and advanced seminars guarantee a deepening of the knowledge acquired. In addition, excursions offer the opportunity to get to know works of art in their original and / or contemporary context.
The aim of the course is a reliable basic stock of general knowledge, which includes an overview of the epochs of art history and the ability to critically apply subject-specific methods. The course should also train the ability to flexibly apply the knowledge and methodological tools to specific tasks. Thanks to the extensive range of options offered by a broad-based, well-staffed institute, you will receive individual support and support at all levels and in all study phases.The bachelor's degree in art history conveys extensive and well-founded core knowledge in the field of art history in historical and systematic terms on a broad basis of modules with very different teaching formats. Overview seminars on methodology and form theory, which cover the entire spectrum of epochs from late antiquity to the present, are offered as well as thematically more in-depth lectures, basic seminars and practically oriented exercises, especially in the form of excursions.The subject of art history explores the work processes, design forms, meanings, functions, historical contexts (ideal, political, social, institutional, individual), materials / techniques of works of art and other areas of visual cultures such as newer (image) media and the aesthetically designed environment . It is also dedicated to the history of art theory, the history of the reception of works of art and the history of its own discipline.
Special focus areas in the field of garden art and urban planning as well as art mediation in the art trade, museums, exhibitions etc. are already possible in the bachelor's degree.
In the art history teaching, which is participant-oriented and places value on the independent participation of the students, the relevant skills are imparted.
The unusually wide, subsidized excursion offer at our institute enables students in the core and supplementary subject to gain a profound understanding of the historical complexity of art situations in individual cities, as well as entire art landscapes or regional art focuses, as part of study trips lasting several days under the direction of lecturers to develop both in the wider area and abroad.
Institute for Art History
The Institute for Art History at Heinrich Heine University is comparatively young. It emerged in 1987 from an endowed professorship of the Gerda Henkel Foundation and has been an independent institute since 1991, since then the institute has expanded continuously and successfully and is now one of the largest art history institutes in Germany. This ensures that, supported by a strong team of lecturers with a doctorate or master’s degree, all epochs from the Middle Ages to the present are covered by a total of 5 professorships and 2 junior professorships (plus 2 honorary professorships).
In addition to a fixed number of lecturers, the Institute for Art History also has changing lecturers, including many curators from renowned museums in the area. As one of the first institutes, the Institute for Art History introduced the bachelor's degree in 2001 and, three years later, the master’s degree in art history, which has since proven successful in teaching and has been positively evaluated and accredited several times.
The institute has developed various major fields of study: The junior professorship for garden art history donated by the state capital Düsseldorf is unique within the German-speaking art history. In line with the special profile of Düsseldorf and the Rhineland in the field of contemporary art, media culture and art trade, there is a professorship for historical visual studies and contemporary studies and - in cooperation with economics - an endowed professorship for art education and cultural management, which is unique in the North Rhine-Westphalian university landscape.
The practice-related and subject-related study components in the form of exercises in front of originals (including excursions), practice-related exercises, an internship of at least 2 months and project seminars are intended to facilitate the transition to professional life. They therefore take up a large part of the curriculum.
In order to strengthen this area, excursions are offered, stays abroad are funded, current professional fields are presented (eg in series of lectures, colloquia, brochures, etc.). There are collaborations with renowned museums and institutions (at home and abroad) in the form of teaching assignments, specialist conferences, research and exhibition projects as well as lectures and conferences in an international context. Within Düsseldorf there are collaborations with the Düsseldorf Art Academy and the Robert Schumann University.
The “Circle of Friends of the Institute for Art History at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf” supports many of these measures if necessary
The admission requirements for admission to the bachelor's degree in art history are the general or relevant subject-specific higher education entrance qualification or an aptitude test for applicants without a higher education entrance qualification but with many years of professional experience.
Admission to the study of art history is usually based on the internal numerus clausus, which regulates access flexibly depending on the number of applicants and has a high probability of admission.
The number of study places varies (usually between 70 and 90 per year for the core subject and between 30 and 60 per year for the supplementary subject).
It is only possible to start studying in the winter semester.
The professional field for trained art historians is very broad (exhibition, monument preservation, communal public relations, cultural management, art market, art education, art education, museum, work in cultural offices, in insurance companies, analog and digital mass media, etc.). The aim of the course must therefore be to prepare the students innovatively and creatively for these diverse requirements in professional life and society.
However, the aim is also to prepare the students for individual careers and value-oriented personal development beyond the pure imparting of knowledge.
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