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Kunstgeschichte/ History of Art (minor subject in a combined bachelor’s degree)

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Program: Kunstgeschichte / History of Art
Degree: depends on the major chosen
Program option: minor subject in a combined bachelor's degree
Study model: combined bachelor's degree
Program length: 6/8 semesters / 3/4 years (180/ 210 ECTS points) (depending on the combination)
Start: Winter and Summer semesters


The History of Art minor provides both fundamental and in-depth knowledge in painting, sculpture, architecture, graphics, arts and crafts as well as the intermedia forms of modern and contemporary art movements. The academic emphasis is on the origin, appearance, function and effect of works of late antique to contemporary art from Europe and (from the 16th century onwards) America. You will therefore learn basic methods for analysing and interpreting works of art.
The minor degree offers a variety of subjects that have an emphasis on the arts and cultural sciences.

An integral part of the combined Bachelor's degree is the MarSkills programme, in which you will acquire valuable, future-oriented skills.


After graduation, your expertise in visual arts, architecture, arts and crafts and the intermedia forms of modern art will open up career prospects in various fields, including museums and collections, picture archives, (art) libraries, art consulting, art trade (galleries and auction houses), with appropriate specialisation in building research and monument preservation, in cultural management, adult education, art education, (cultural) tourism, creative industries, in publishing houses (print media and audiovisual media) and in specific sectors of commercial enterprises (e.g. insurance companies specialising in art objects). The degree programme forms the foundations for work in research and teaching at universities, art colleges and other research institutions.

A minor subject will help you to extend your professional qualifications profile, which is decisively shaped by the choice of your major subject. In conjunction with your major subject, your relevant work experience (e.g. internships, part-time jobs, voluntary work) and your personal skills, it will enable you to refine your profile and carve out your own individual array of career options.