Faculty of PhilosophyEuropean Art History – Master

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

DegreeMaster of Arts
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman
Fees and contributions169.25 € / Semester
Application procedureConsecutive master’s programmes with access restriction
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Part-time optionYes
May be studied as a minor subjectYes

Course Content

In lectures and excursions, students will expand their knowledge of art works from a wide variety of epochs and art genres and will develop the conceptual tools necessary to a more in-depth description, categorisation, and interpretation of these objects. During the course of the degree programme, students will learn a variety of methods for analysing art works with regard to their origin, characteristics, function, and effect as well as their material and conceptual prerequisites. Students will thereby develop the ability to independently approach research questions from the area of European Art History in accordance with scientific methodology.

Course Structure

During the first three semesters, students will attend advanced seminars and lectures on the topic of European Art History. In addition, participation in the Methodology seminar is mandatory and must be completed within one of the first two semesters. Students are also required to take part in eight excursion days with a minimum of four consecutive days. 

In the Supplementary Module, students may round out their educational profile with three courses of their own choosing. These may include additional seminars and practice classes in Art History as well as courses in a different subject. This may also include an internship. In addition, there is an opportunity to study abroad for a semester. The Master’s thesis will be written during the final semester.

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