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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.

  • Admission requirements

    Education certificates General higher education entrance qualification, subject-related higher education entrance qualification, technical college entrance qualification or master’s certificate and comparable certificates from advanced professional training or professional qualifications
    Certifications of program-specific knowledge and skills to be submitted prior to admission German Skills:
    DSH 2

    Other language Skills:
    Two foreign languages, including English, French or Italian skills. One foreign language must be certified at Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The other foreign language must be certified at Level A2.

    If Latin skills apply instead of one of the modern foreign languages, these must be certified at the level of the Latinum by university entrance qualification certificate or otherwise.

    If the required foreign language skills can only be certified at level A2, instead of Level B1, or at level A1, instead of Level A2, upon application for study, admission is possible with the condition that the required level is certified by re-registration for the third semester. The same applies for certification of Latin skills.
    Restricted admission No
  • Who can answer questions?

    Technical questions about your application


    Content-related questions about the program

    Dr. Barbara Leupold
    Department of German Studies and History of the Arts
    Deutschhausstraße 3
    Room -1/2240 (= B -124), Basement
    35032 Marburg
    Tel.: +49 6421/28 24521

    Office hours

    Formal questions about your application

    Ellen Huth
    Tel.: +49 6421/28 22222

    Office hours: Mondays - Fridays 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Central European Time)

  • Application & Deadlines

    This degree program will be transferred to the new major and minor structure. Applications are no longer possible. From February 2023, you will be able to find more information on this page.