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Kunstgeschichte: Forschung, Theorie, Praxis/ Art History: Research, Theory, Practice (Master of Arts)

Program: Kunstgeschichte: Forschung, Theorie, Praxis/ Art History: Research, Theory, Practice
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.