Studying Art History in Kiel

The Institute for Art History at Kiel University (CAU) offers a study of art history across the whole breadth of the subject from late antiquity to the present day with object-oriented education intensively supervised by the academic staff. Curiosity, an interest in art and history, as well as the joy of an independent search for clues are important prerequisites for studying. Analytical vision and the reading of technical literature are as much part of studying as the writing of one’s own texts, which document the results of research work.

The study of art history includes the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Arts, which is also offered in Kiel. A doctorate in art history can be studied, which is a prerequisite for an academic career. The fields in which art historians can work include museums and galleries, the exhibition industry, art trade and art consulting, the field of museum education, monument offices and research institutes and universities. There is also a need in publishing and journalism, in archives and libraries, and in the tourism industry.

Study Programme

The subject of art history is European art from late antiquity to the present day. All genres are studied: architecture, painting and graphics, sculpture as well as treasure art, as well as design, installation art and concept art, photography, film and other contemporary forms of expression. The academic study provides an overview of the history of art and its epochs. By means of an exemplary examination of selected examples, students acquire the ability to criticise works of art argumentatively, to describe and classify them. Methodological knowledge is conveyed, with which art objects in their historical and social environment can be analysed and classified in terms of content and (historical) ideology. In doing so, image content is examined, motive and form transformations described, but also manufacturing processes are observed. Just as important are the questions of aesthetic theory formation, semiotic or semantic contexts, the social environment, the aesthetic of reception or gender aspects.

The lessons are held completely in German language.

Overview of Modules and Examinations Art History (2-subject Bachelor of Arts / 2-subject Master of Arts)


Study Advisors in Art History
Prof  Dr  Klaus Gereon Beuckers
Prof  Dr  Christoph Jobst
Dr  Susanne Schwertfeger
Dr  Julia von Ditfurth