Bachelor of Arts
Art History

Art History

Art history explores national and international artworks, their creation, their appearance, how they function, and the impressions they create. Its field of study encompasses the classical artistic media, architecture, graphics, handicrafts, painting, plastic arts and their theory. To some extent cross-media art forms and the mass media are studied as well. The discipline also examines epochs and genres ranging from the Middles Ages to the modern period to contemporary art.

Examination of artworks‘ depicted contents and understanding the political, social and cultural framework at the time and location of their creation also play an important role in the program. In addition, the degree program focuses on the interpretation of artworks considering aesthetic, historical, sociological or economic aspects, which also include knowledge of artists’ biographies and artistic techniques. The program also covers the history of art history as well as its methodologies and institutions.

Besides working with texts and visual media, the program offers a strong focus on studying objects on site through tutorials before original artworks or on field trips.

This subject must be combined with a second subject.


Possible lines of work:

Museums/preservation of monuments and historic buildings/art dealing (galleries, auction houses), exhibitions (curator work, guided tours, lending operations), culture (administrative specialist in cultural institutions, municipal cultural affairs offices, event organization, etc.), insurance (providing expert opinion, claims settlement), publishing (editing, etc.), academia (research management, teaching/research at universities and research institutions, etc.), tourism (municipal art/cultural museums, cultural tourism guide/cultural tourism program development, city guided tours), journalism (editing at news agencies, radio, television, etc.), public relations (art associations, private companies)

Open admission
NC values ​​from previous semesters
2020/2021 Wintersemester
free admission
2018/2019 Wintersemester
all acepted
2017/2018 Wintersemester
free admission
2016/2017 Wintersemester
all acepted
2015/2016 Wintersemester
all acepted
Bachelor of Arts
6 Semester
Winter semester

University entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur)

German language proficiency (CEFR level C1)

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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