The bachelor's degree in art history offers a broad basic education in art history. In addition, the opportunity is opened up to form your own focus by choosing a minor. During the first three semesters, lectures within the introductory modules provide orientation knowledge about art from late antiquity to the present day. There are also introductions to the use of visual arts, architecture, sources and art theory. Attending modules in the area of ??case studies and art-historical systematics promotes the analysis of individual examples and expands the methodological spectrum. Here accents can be set within art history by choosing modules and thematically changing events.
Building on a solid, subject-specific basic knowledge, the students learn to apply scientific methods and findings independently. In addition to the complexity of the individual sciences, they are instructed in an interdisciplinary manner to gain knowledge and problem-solving of complex issues. The bachelor's degree in Art History therefore offers a large proportion of elective modules from another subject and devotes particular care to this combination option. The spectrum includes over 20 subjects.



General higher education entrance qualification or subject-related higher education entrance

qualification 1 or technical college entrance qualification or master craftsman's examination as well as comparable qualifications in professional advancement training or professionally qualified persons

 The university decides on the validity of the subject binding for this course.

Course-specific knowledge and skills to be proven prior to admission

Knowledge of two foreign languages, including  English, French or Italian . A foreign language must be proven at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The other foreign language must be proven at level A2 .

If knowledge of Latin is asserted instead of one of the modern foreign languages, this must be proven at the level of the Latinum by means of an Abitur certificate or otherwise.

If the required foreign language skills can only be proven at level A2 instead of level B1 or only at level A1 instead of level A2 when applying for the study place , admission is possible on condition that the required level is proven by the re-registration for the third semester . This also applies to proof of knowledge of Latin .



Admission restriction

free (no NC)




For graduates of the Art History course, their expertise in visual arts, architecture, applied arts and the intermedia manifestations of modern art forms opens up a wide range of career opportunities, for example in the following areas:

  • museum
  • Image archives
  • Art Consulting
  • Galleries
  • Art trade
  • Building research
  • Cultural management
  • Adult education
  • tourism
  • Print media and audiovisual media

The bachelor's degree is an important basis for the "classic" activities of art historians, such as conservators in museums and monument preservation. Completion of the master’s degree in art history and / or a doctorate is, however, essential.

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