A. GENERAL INFORMATION

I. The Faculty of Philosophy

II. The Department of Art History within the Faculty of Philosophy

III. The Department of Art History

1. History and Organization of the Department of Art History
2. Professors and Research Interests
3. Research Projects / Graduate Studies
4. University and Departmental Facilities
5. Student Representatives
6. Campus Map


B. DEGREE AND COURSE OFFERINGS I. Degrees Offered

II. Admission

III. Course Offerings and Academic Evaluation

IV. Outline of Curriculum and Course Offerings
 
 

C. SAMPLE CURRICULUM I. M.A. or Ph.D. with Art History Major
  1. Lower-Level Studies (Grundstudium)
2. Upper-Level Studies (Hauptstudium)
  II. M.A. or Ph.D. with Art History Minor
  1. Lower-Level Studies (Grundstudium)
2. Upper-Level Studies (Hauptstudium)
III. Course Art

IV. Language Requirements
 


D. COURSE OFFERINGS

E. Contact
 

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  A. General Information

 

I. The Faculty of Philosophy

The Faculty of Philosophy comprises a broad and diverse spectrum of subjects in the humanities and fine arts, including 24 institutes and departments which confer several academic degrees and levels of teacher certification training. The various disciplines are interrelated in their teaching and research activities, thus affording students an interdisciplinary course of studies. Many subject areas within the Faculty of Philosophy have distinguished themselves by establishing and developing ties to Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. In addition, interdisciplinary centers, such as the Centers for Multilingualism and Contact through Speech, for Nordic Studies, for Asian and African Studies, for North American Studies and for Eastern European Studies, offer public lecture series as well as other lectures and courses on a regular basis.

More students are enrolled in the Faculty of Philosophy - a total of approximately 6,400 students during the 2003 summer semester - than in any of the other faculties of the University of Kiel.

 
 

II. The Department of Art History within the Faculty of Philosophy

The Department of Art History is one of the 24 institutes and departments which comprise the Faculty of Philosophy. With a student enrolment of 7.004 out of a total of 20194 (WS 2003/04), the Faculty of Philosophy is the largest of the nine faculties at the Christian Albrechts University. During the summer semester of 2004, 576 students were enrolled at the Department of Art History; 274 of these students chose art history as their major and 302 as their minor.

 
 
 

III. The Department of Art History

The objects of scholarly interest in art history are works of art, that is, human artistic creation in its diverse forms (architecture, painting, sculpture, graphic arts, arts and crafts, technical visual media).

The history of architecture and the arts lie at the heart of research in art history. This research is delineated in time and space, and comprises the history of European art as well as that of European-influenced areas in North and South America from the end of ancient world to the present.

The task of scholarship in art history is the chronological and regional classification of works of art as well as their interpretation on the basis of historical, esthetic, stylistic, sociological, economic and psychological aspects.

 

1. History and Organization of the Department of Art History

With the appointment of Adelbert Matthaei as artist in residence and first professor of art history in 1893, the discipline of art history became fully anchored as an independent department within the Christian Albrechts University. In 1904/05 Carl Neumann was appointed as the first full professor of the department; his teaching responsibilities no longer included academic artistic activities, and he was able to devote his energies entirely to the study of art history.

Emphasis has been placed on various aspects of teaching and research throughout the last one hundred years, permitting the Department of Art History to exhibit continuous growth. Currently, four professors, two academic aides, one secondary school teacher (art education) and three part-time teaching assistants per semester are active within the Department. The strict hierarchical personnel system of the Department has been modified in keeping with a structure of a committee of colleagues; this committee is chaired by each of the professors in turn.

Until 1971, the full professor of art history at the Department of Art History was at the same time the director of Kiel’s Kunsthalle. As a result of the increasing load of research activities within both institutions, the chair of art history and the directorship of the Kunsthalle have been separate entities since then. Members and students of the Department of Art History retain access to facilities within the Kunsthalle, particularly the library.

 

 
2. Professors and Research Interests

Prof. Dr. Klaus Gereon Beuckers
Art of the Middle Ages and art after 1945

Prof. Dr. Christoph Jobst
Architecture in Italy, Counter-Reformation, 16./17. century Renaissance, Altar, Painting of the middleages, synagogall architekture of the 19. century

Prof. Dr. Uwe Albrecht
Art of the Middle Ages and the early modern era in Northern and Western Europe

 

 
3. Research Projects / Graduate Studies


"Imaginatio borealis: Perception, Reception and Construction of the North"
Imagination borealis is a program of graduate studies, jointly funded by the German Research Council (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and the state of Schleswig-Holstein, and cooperatively organized by representatives from the disciplines of modern history, medieval and modern Latin philology, medieval and modern art history, modern German literature, modern Scandinavian literature, Romance philology (literature), Slavic philology, social and economic history (late Middle Ages) and ethnology. Preliminary funding has been granted for a period of three years (winter semester 1999/2000 to summer semester 2002). For further information see: www.uni-kiel.de/imaginatio

 

  4. University and Departmental Facilities

Departmental Library
The Department of Art History has its own reference library, located on the ground floor of the Department. Book loans over the weekend (from Friday noon to Monday noon) are available to students only under certain specific conditions.

 

Opening Hours during the Semester

 
Monday - Thursday:
Friday:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  Opening Hours during Semester Break  
Monday - Thursday:
Friday:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  Slide Library (Diathek)

The slide library is open for use in conjunction with departmental course offerings. Students are requested to place orders, authorized by course instructors, for additional slides at least two weeks before the date they are required.
 

Opening Hours during the Semester: please ask.

(Closed during semester break)

Library in the Kunsthalle

The library of the Kunsthalle (Düsternbrooker Weg 1, Tel: ++49 (0)431 597 - 3773) is a reference library with emphasis on literature on 20th-century art and architecture.

Opening Hours

 
Tuesday 10:.30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
  University Library

The main University Library (Westring 400, Tel: ++49 (0)431 800 - 00) houses an extensive collection of literature on art history. Books may be loaned for four weeks, and journals for two weeks. Book loans may be renewed.

Opening Hours

 
Monday - Friday 9:00 am -10:00 pm  
Saturday
Sunday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
   
 

5. Student Representatives

Student representatives within the Department of Art History represent the interests of students in the department and advise students in all matters concerning studies. The office of the student representatives is located in Room 121.
e-mail

 
 

6. Campus Map

Lageplan des Kunsthistorischen Instituts

 

 

 

 
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   B. Degree and Corse Offerings

 

I. Degrees Offered

Studies in art history may lead to the conferral of academic degrees (M.A. or Ph.D.). For completion of the doctorate (Ph.D.) either the Rigorosum (thesis defense) or – if the candidate possesses a Master’s degree – the Disputatio (disputation) may be chosen.

The study of art history at the Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, is divided into two parts: lower-level studies (Grundstudium), which last from the first to the fourth semester, and upper-level studies (Hauptstudium), which comprise the fifth to ninth semester, including one semester of examination/theses work. Art history may be taken either as a major or a minor. The completion of lower-level studies is marked by the successful completion of the intermediate examination (Zwischenprüfung). Upper-level studies may lead to the conferral of an M.A. or Ph.D. degree.
 
 

II. Admission

Currently, no restrictions are placed on admissions to the Department of Art History.

Foreign students may participate in all courses offered. Course entry requirements may be examined on a case-by-case basis, if necessary. If students from abroad choose not to complete a degree at the Christian Albrechts University, the selection of courses attended is best tailored to conform to graduation requirements at the student’s home university and to fit the student’s own interests. The following outline of curriculum and course offerings is intended as a general guideline.
 
 

III. Course Offerings and Academic Evaluation

Lectures (Lectures), introductory seminars (Proseminare), advanced seminars (Hauptseminare), tutorials (Übungen, Tutorien), field trips (Exkursionen) and colloquia (Kolloquien) are offered at the Department of Art History. These courses may generally be taken without any admission restrictions. When admissions restrictions apply to courses, admission is determined by the students’ committee or the drawing of lots.

Certificates of attendance (Teilnahmenachweis) document regular participation in a course, that is, that a student has attended class regularly and has not missed more than two class sessions during the semester.

Certificates of academic achievement (Leistungsnachweis) document regular and successful participation in a course. A course certificate may be earned through the successful completion of written exams (Klausur), term papers (Hausarbeit), seminar papers (Referat), written synopses (Protokoll), reports (Bericht) or oral examinations (Prüfungsgespräch), and are generally graded.

 
 

IV. Outline of Curriculum and Course Offerings

The following summary presents an overview of required and elective courses as outlined in the currently valid regulations concerning courses of studies and examinations (Studien- und Prüfungsordnung) for the Department of Art History. Required and elective courses for which students must earn certificates of academic achievement are listed below. In order to carry the complete number of course hours (Semesterwochenstunden, SWS) required for a full course load, students must also attend additional courses. The topics to be discussed in and detailed descriptions of course offerings for each semester can be found in the University’s catalog and are also available via the homepage of the Department of Art History.

The academic evaluation of individual courses takes place in accordance with guidelines for assigning ECTS credits. ECTS credits are indicative of the time required for the completion of individual courses on the basis of weekly course hours (SWS) and time spent in study and course preparation. ECTS credits provide no indications of a student’s actual academic performance in a course; certificates of attendance (Teilnahmenachweis) and of academic achievement (Leistungsnachweis) provide this additional information.

 

 
Type of Course SWS ECTS Credits
Lectures (Vorlesungen) 2 6
Introductory Course (Einführungskurs) 2 8
Tutorial (Tutorium) 2 4
Tutorial (Übung) 2 4
Tutorial (Übung) with Proof of Academic Achievement (Leistungsnachweis)  2 8
Introductory Seminar (Proseminar) 2 8
Advanced Seminar (Hauptseminar) 2 - 3 10
Colloquia (Kolloquien) 1 -
  Further information concerning examination requirements and methods can be found in the regulations governing Master’s examinations or doctoral examinations of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Christian Albrechts University.  
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C. Sample Curriculum
I. M.A. or Ph.D. with Art History Major

The listings below include only required and optional required courses; the required number of weekly credit hours (Semesterwochenstunden, SWS) of 32 SWS for lower-level studies and 24 SWS for upper-level studies is to be achieved through participation in other courses.
 

1. Lower-Level Studies (Grundstudium)

In the course of their lower-level studies (Grundstudium) students gain a basic knowledge of art history, of the most important examples of European art from the early Middle Ages to the present, as well as of the tools and methods required for the investigation, description and analysis of works of art. Since required introductory courses in art and architecture are only offered during the winter semester, students are strongly encouraged to begin their studies in the winter semester.

The successful completion of introductory courses is prerequisite to admission to introductory seminars (Proseminare) and tutorials (Übungen).

Standard period of study: four semesters.
 

 
Semester Required Courses SWS ECTS Credits
first to fourth semesters Introduction to Art 2 8  
  Introduction to Architecture  2 8
  Introductory Seminar (Proseminar) (Middle Ages) 2 8
  Introductory Seminar (Proseminar) (Early Modern Era)  2 8
  Introductory Seminar (Proseminar) (19th and 20th Centuries)  2 8
  5 Field Trip days 1 -
       
  Optional Required Courses    
  Lectures 2 6
       
  Optional Courses    
  Tutorials (Übungen) 2 4
   Tutorials (Tutorien) 2 4
   
  2. Upper-Level Studies (Hauptstudium)

In the course of their upper-level studies, students build a foundation for later job activity, in particular, by familiarizing themselves with the current state of scholarly research as well as tools and methods used in art history, and also by learning to independently apply this knowledge toward the solution of problems. Selected areas of research are presented to students in advanced seminars (Hauptseminar) and tutorials (Übung).

Standard period of study: five semesters (including examination semester)

 
Semester Required Courses SWS ECTS Credits
fifth to ninth semesters (including examination semester) Advanced Seminar (Hauptseminar) I  
Advanced Seminar (Hauptseminar) II  
Advanced Seminar (Hauptseminar) III  
20 Field Trip days 

Optional Required Courses 
Lectures 

Optional Courses 
Tutorials 

2-3  2-3  2-3  4      2      2  10  10  10  -      6       4 
  Colloquia (Kolloquien)
   
 
 

II. M.A. or Ph.D. with Art History Minor

The listings below include only required and optional required courses; the required number of weekly credit hours (Semesterwochenstunden, SWS) of 16 SWS for lower-level studies and 12 SWS for upper-level studies is to be achieved through participation in other courses.

  1. Lower-Level Studies (Grundstudium)    
Semester Required Courses SWS ECTS Credits
first to fourth semesters Introduction to Art   
Introduction to Architecture   
Introductory Seminar (Proseminar) (Middle Ages)   
Introductory Seminar (Proseminar) (Modern Era)   
5 Field Trip days 
2  2  2    2  1  8  8  8    8  - 
  Optional Required Courses  
Lectures  

Optional Courses  
Tutorials (Übungen)  
Tutorials (Tutorien)

  2      2  2    6      4  4 
   
  2. Upper-Level Studies (Hauptstudium)  
Semester Required Courses SWS ECTS Credits
fifth to ninth semesters (including examination semester) Advanced Seminar (Hauptseminar) II  

5 Field Trip days
2-3 
10 
  Optional Required Courses  
Lectures  

Optional Courses  
Tutorials  
Colloquia (Kolloquien)

  2    2  1    6    4  - 

 

III. Course Art

the requirements for the course art are here.

 

 
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IV. Language Requirements
 
For M.A./for Ph.D. with Major in Art History Proficiency in Latin equivalent to KMK Latinum*  

English  

Reading proficiency in French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, one Scandinavian or Slavic language

For M.A. with Minor in Art History Proficiency in Latin equivalent to Kleines Latinum  

English  

Reading proficiency in French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, one Scandinavian or Slavic language

For Ph.D. with Minor in Art History Proficiency in Latin equivalent to KMK Latinum*  

English  

Reading proficiency in one modern language

 
 
*The tern "KMK Latinum" refers to agreements reached by the Conference of German Ministers of Education on October 26, 1979, concerning required proficiencies in Latin and Greek.

 
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 D. Course Offerings 

Since the selection of courses offered in the Department of Art History changes from semester to semester, detailed listings of course offerings and contents can be found in the university catalog. Detailed course descriptions are available from the office of the Department of Art History each semester, brief course listings can be found on the homepage of the Department of Art History.

 

E. Contact


Address: 
 
Department of Art History 
Christian Albrechts University, Kiel 
D - 24098 Kiel 
 
Office:  
Ms. Sabine Lemke 
Tel: ++49 (0)431 880 - 4631 
Fax: ++49 (0)431 880 - 4628 
e-mail

SOCRATES/ERASMUS Coordinators:  
apl. Prof. Dr. Ulrike Wolff-Thomsen 
Tel: ++49 (0)431 880 – 4638 
Fax: ++49 (0)431 880 – 4628 
e-mail

Coordinator with the University Bari in Italy
Prof. Dr. Uwe Albrecht
Tel. +49 (0)431 880 4637
Fax: +49 (0)431 880 - 4628
e-mail


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