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Kunstgeschichte / History of Art (Master of Arts)

Program: Kunstgeschichte / History of Art
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Program length: 2 years / 4 semesters (120 ECTS points)
Start: winter and summer semester

The Kunstgeschichte / History of Art master's program promotes knowledge and skills in research, for scientifically supporting measures to preserve and convey the wealth of cultural traditions. Building on a broad range of discipline-specific knowledge, you will learn to apply scientific methods and knowledge to complex subject matter and the framework conditions of the arts. The program includes a high proportion of seminars with original works, reinforcing monumental knowledge (art techniques, stylistic history, earlier and present forms of presentation). Beyond the complexity of the individual discipline, you will receive interdisciplinary instruction on problem solving.

Major topics

The "Systematics" module serves to promote scientific initiative and early participation in research. In "Case studies," example topics from the entire spectrum of art history are addressed. "Field studies" includes a major excursion and a project seminar. Parts of the third and fourth semester are reserved for the final paper and associated colloquia.

Furthermore, the program offers you room to freely choose modules from other programs, in order to set individualized major topics.


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.

The following fields in particular are examples:

  • Museums
  • Historical monuments
  • Building research
  • Image archives
  • Art trading
  • Art consulting
  • Cultural management
  • Adult education
  • Tourism industry
  • Print media
  • Audio-visual media

The master's program is also the foundation for a doctorate in the subject of Art History.

  • Admission requirements

    Required university degree

    Certification of a degree from a subject-relevant bachelor's program in the field of art history or certification of a comparable domestic or foreign qualifying university diploma with an overall grade of at least 2.5. Higher education degrees in other disciplines entitle them to access if at least 60 credits have been completed in art history modules and a bachelor thesis with art theory / art history is demonstrated.

    The examination board can make admission contingent on additional academic performances and/or examination performances of 30 CP at maximum being produced. In this case, the program can be extended accordingly.

    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.

    • One foreign language must be certified at Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (alternately: Latin skills at the level of the Latinum, to be certified by the university entrance qualification certificate, for example), and
    • An additional foreign language must be certified at Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

    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.

    Admission Mode Direct admission is granted with complete fulfillment of the admission requirements.
  • 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

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    Formal questions about your application

    In case of formal questions about the application, please contact Master's Coordination with your application number (if available) at .

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