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Studying Art History

Studies in art history deal with the fine arts deriving from a Western background, including those cultural aspects and sectors especially during the 20th century that identify with Western European principles. Art history in Regensburg comprises a period ranging from approximately the Emperor Constantine the Great to the present and involves all the fields and varying genres in the visual arts: architecture, sculpture, painting, ornament, applied arts, photography as well as new media.

Studying Art History in Regensburg

The Department of Art History is composed of the Chair of the Department and three additional professors. Their fields of study in research and teaching comprise Medieval and Renaissance Art, the Baroque as well as the art of the 18th to 20th centuries. Art history, by its very nature as well as by the particular conditions of the discipline in Regensburg, involves and touches on historical sciences, linguistics and literary studies, classical archeology, cultural anthropology, media studies, musicology, philosophy, and theology.

Admission Requirements and Study Qualifications

Prerequisites for the study of art history are precise observation skills, the ability to analyze and depict a given subject matter in a differentiated manner and the ability to conceive and illustrate its historical implications. With regard to the wide range of art history as a discipline, it is essential to constantly enlarge your knowledge and expertise by touching on related subjects and sciences on your own initiative: in addition to visiting lectures and benefitting from the course syllabus, students are expected to deepen their understanding by looking into the fields of e.g. classical archeology, history, philosophy, and theology. The main aim, however, will be to intensify the obtained knowledge tête-à-tête with original artworks, i.e. visiting the arts in situ in museums, churches, in Regensburg and in other cities, through study trips in Germany and abroad. Practical and technical knowledge of art production is desirable and may prove beneficial.

The study of art history requires the ability to read and write in German and English; in addition, basic knowledge of French, Italian and Dutch will prove very useful for reading the relevant art historical literature.

Course of Studies and Degrees

The B.A. degree requires the combination of art history with at least one more subject of study. Generally, this subject/these subjects can be any discipline within the field of the humanities; in specific cases, other disciplines are accepted as well. The basic possibilities of combination are:

  • First major subject (field of study) + second major subject
  • Major subject (field of study) + first minor subject + second minor subject

Art history can take up any of the positions within the above combinations.

If you consider continuing your studies at another university, it is most advisable to choose a three-subject combination for your B. A. studies as it is custom at most other German universities.

  2. Faculty of Philosophy, Fine Arts, History and Humanities