Faculty of PhilosophyEuropean Art History – Bachelor 25%

The focus of the academic programme in European Art History is to convey fundamental knowledge that enables students to perform research within an international art perspective, including material and conceptual aspects. Courses include instruction on the history of the fine arts, architecture, applied arts, photography, film, performance art, and new media in Europe and western cultural circles from the beginning of the Middle Ages to the present day.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Arts
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter semester only
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman (in exceptional cases English, French)
Fees and contributions151.05 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with no admission restrictions
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Part-time optionYes

Course Content

The Bachelor’s degree programme in European Art History at Heidelberg University provides students with a comprehensive education, encompassing all epochs of art history. In the lectures and courses offered, students will gain knowledge of art works from a wide variety of epochs and art forms and will develop the conceptual tools necessary to describe, categorise, and interpret these objects. In the process, students will study fundamental scientific interrelationships and methods and will develop the skills required for performing independent scientific research.

Course Structure

The preparatory courses offered by the Heidelberg Institute of European Art History provide a structured introduction to the fundamentals of European Art History. Students pursuing the degree programme as a minor will study the topics “Form and Style”, “Iconography”, and either “Genres and Techniques” or “Architecture”, giving them the opportunity to obtain basic knowledge in a comprehensive and concentrated manner. In a tutorial, students will gain skills for describing art works. No later than the end of the second semester, students in the minor degree programme must have completed one of the preparatory courses.  

In addition, students in the minor degree programme are required to enrol in one lecture and one pro-seminar in both “Medieval Art” and  “Modern and Contemporary Art”, in which the students will, on the basis of individual examples, gain specific subject-related knowledge as well as the ability to independently collect, process, and present information.