History of Art (Bachelor)

Entrance to the department for Art History.

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Students of the bachelor’s programme in Art History gain insight into the thematic as well as methodological diversity of academic work in the field of art history. In addition, they acquire basic skills in academic observations, research and reasoning. They are able to present the results of their own research in writing or orally in an appropriate manner.

Students have to complete courses in the following areas:

  • Medieval art history (late antiquity/Middle Ages)
  • Early modern art history (early modern period)
  • Modern art history (modern period)
  • Contemporary art
  • Central European art history
  • Byzantine art history
  • Islamic art history
  • Asian art history

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 635

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including 60 ECTS credits of extension curricula)

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 20.07.2023

Information about presentation & calculation

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study programme

The bachelor’s programme in Art History comprises the modules Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP), Art History Survey, Case Study, Emphasis and Final Phase, as well as the compulsory module Special Topics.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Renaissance
  • Iconography
  • Art theory
  • Stellar vault
  • Portal sculpture

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

The specialised knowledge and intellectual skills acquired during the bachelor’s programme in Art History qualifies students for a career in the following occupational areas:

  • at universities and research institutions
  • at museums, galleries and in the area of communication of the arts
  • in the area of art criticism
  • in the area of monument preservation and cultural heritage protection
  • in art trade
  • in publishing
  • in cultural management
  • at archives
  • in the area of cultural policy.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2.2 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.6 (high)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 200 graduates.

*You can find further assessments of the degree programme from its graduates’ perspective in the graduate survey of the bachelor’s programme in History of Art graduation survey (in German).

Graduates ...

  • find employment within 2 months after graduation on average.

*You can find further information on career entry and career paths in the tracking of graduates "BA Art History".