Faculty of PhilosophyEast Asian Art History – Bachelor 25%

The East Asian Art History academic programme focuses on the art, archaeology, and material culture of China, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Korea. All art forms will be studied, from painting and calligraphy to sculpture and architecture to ceramics, handiwork, and photography, as represented in all epochs, from the Neolithic Age to the present.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Arts
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman, English
Fees and contributions171.75 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with no admission restrictions
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.

Course Content

The focus of the Bachelor’s degree programme as a minor, within the framework of a degree programme in East Asian Studies, is a practice-oriented combination of linguistic and art-historical competencies. This is accomplished by means of an interdisciplinary approach to subject knowledge and career-oriented skills, including intercultural competence and the routine use of modern media.  

In their major subject – East Asian Studies with a specialisation in either Chinese Studies or Japanese Studies – students will acquire the necessary language skills and competency in East Asian topics within a basic historical-art historical-cultural context and, through attending courses in text and image analysis, will acquire cross-disciplinary competencies. 

Course Structure

By introducing students to the entire range of East Asian archaeology, art, and architecture through examples studied during the course of three preparatory courses, the minor in East Asian Art History provides a focus on the theoretical-methodological and material fundamentals of the academic discipline of East Asian Art History.  

The lectures on specific topics provide both an expanded perspective on new findings on interrelationships between East Asian art history, art, and art history as well as a more in-depth analysis of individual works, artefacts, and academic argumentation.  

The main seminar in East Asian Art History is intended to allow students to make use of the fundamentals that have been learned and the methodology that has been practised in independently, or with limited guidance, preparing a topic and then giving a verbally convincing presentation as well as providing an error-free written paper. 

This degree programme also includes practice-oriented training and direct observation of actual objects. This is provided by instructors who are themselves expert professionals with experience in auction houses, galleries, and museums, or who are journalists or art restorers/conservators, and who are able to provide insight into the professional aspects of careers in East Asian Art History.  

The Bachelor’s degree programme in East Asian Art History 25% (minor) may only be pursued as a minor in conjunction with a major in East Asian Studies with a specialisation in either Chinese Studies or Japanese Studies.