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Kunstgeschichte / History of Art (Bachelor of Arts)

Program: Kunstgeschichte / History of Art
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Program length: 6 semesters / 3 years (180 ECTS points)

The Kunstgeschichte / History of Art bachelor's program provides a broad, fundamental education in art history. In addition, it opens up the possibility of creating your own major topic by choosing a minor field of study. During the first three semesters, lectures within the introductory modules provide orientational knowledge of art, from the late antiquity to the present. In addition, there are introductions to working with works of visual art, architecture, sources and art theory. The visitation of modules in the area of case studies and art history systematics simultaneously furthers the analysis of individual examples and expands the methodological spectrum. Here, emphases can be placed within the history of art through the choice of modules and thematically changing events. Excursions and exercises with original works and project seminars deepen subject knowledge and test the application possibilities of the skills acquired.

Major topics

Building on a solid, discipline-specific foundation of knowledge, students learn to independently apply scientific methods and insights. Beyond the complexity of the individual discipline, they receive interdisciplinary instruction to gain insights and solutions to problems with complex circumstances. The History of Art bachelor's program therefore provides an extended proportion of elective modules from an additional subject and pays special attention to this combination option. The spectrum comprises more than 20 subjects.


A variety of professional opportunities open up to successful graduates of the Kunstgeschichte / History of Art program, due to their expertise in the visual arts, architecture, applied arts and the intermedial manifestations of modern art institutions, such as in the following fields:

  • Museums
  • Image archives
  • Art consulting
  • Galleries
  • Art trading
  • Building research
  • Cultural management
  • Adult education
  • Tourism
  • Printed media and audio-visual media

The bachelor's program is an important foundation for the "classical" jobs of art historians, such as curator work in museums and historical monuments. Completion of the master's or doctorate program in Art History is imperative for this, however.