Art History

The Art History degree program conveys to students research-oriented knowledge and methodological autonomy for the entire field of art history. The central learning goal is to apply art-history analytical procedures and methods that are oriented both towards research and the field.

In terms of content, students deepen their knowledge of art works from the medieval period to the modern and to contemporary periods in both classical teaching formats and practice-oriented sessions such as field trips or exercises before original works of art. The curriculum is supplemented by a module in the field of provenance research, which is understood as trans-disciplinary contextual research across historical periods. In addition, genre and media questions are discussed, evaluated, and artistically appreciated.

Students have the option to prioritize a particular art history period, e.g. Middle Ages, Renaissance to Early Modern, and Modern. They may also add one of the following complementary fields to their study program: History (with focus on medieval or modern history), Romance Studies, Archaeological Sciences (with focus on Classical or Christian Archaeology), Comparative Literature, German Studies, and Museum Studies.


Possible lines of work:

Museums/preservation of monuments and historic buildings/art dealing (galleries, auction houses), exhibitions (curator, lending operations), culture (administrative specialist e.g. in cultural institutions or municipal cultural affairs offices), insurance (appraisals, claims settlement), publishing (editing), academia (research management, teaching/research at universities/research institutions), tourism (art and cultural museums, development of cultural tourism programs), public relations (at cultural institutions, companies), journalism/editing

Open admission
Master of Arts
4 Semester
Winter semester
Summer semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

University degree (German or non-German) in a relevant discipline

German language proficiency (DSH level 2, CEFR level C1, as per DSH exam. regulations)

A minimum of 60 ECTS credits for modules in art history

Specific modules: Basic knowledge of art history (24 ECTS credits) | Knowledge of art history periods (24 ECTS credits) | Practical art history knowledge (12 ECTS credits)

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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