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Art History (M.A.)

Programme: Art History
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard duration of study: 4 semesters
Start: Summer and winter semester
Degree programme options: Single Honours MA in Art History (78 C) specialisation in "curatiorial studies"; Joint Honours MA in Art History (42 C); Joint Honours MA in Art History (42 C) specialisation "curatorial studies"; module packages: Art History as MA minor subject (36 C/18 C)
Admission requirements for Joint Honours MA: Overview
Entrance requirements for module packages: Overview
Note for international applicants: For the enrolment at the Faculty of Humanities certified proficiency in German language is required!
Application: application procedure (application to the faculty of humanities)

Language of the programme: German

Programme description:

New: Study focus "curatorial studies"
For the winter semester 2016/2017, the introduction of an additional single-subject course is planned with the study focus on "curatorial studies" (78 C). You are welcome to contact our subject-specific advisor if you have any questions concerning the course contents. If you have any questions concerning application for admission, please contact Ms Manojlovic.
At the same time, however, students also acquire the theoretical historical knowledge which is necessary for scientific reflection in dealing with these objects.

Research foci in Göttingen:
Accordant to the traditional main focus of research at the Department of Art History in Göttingen, the research activities concentrate on 19th century art. Individual research and large projects sponsored by third-party funds (for example in the Emmy-Noether-Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG)) complement each other to a wide extent and give the institute a special profile among German universities. Supplementing and extending this are long-term projects on the pictograms of the early modern period, the architecture and sculpture of the Middle Ages, the caricature and German contemporary art.

Special themes of art history in Göttingen:
In Göttingen, art history is taught in its entire historical and thematic bandwidth to qualify students for a great variety of occupations in museums, preservation of historical monuments, art trade and institutions of other kinds. A special focus in research and teaching lies on mediaeval and early modern era art history in Italy, 19th century and contemporary pictorial art, historical image and art theories, transcultural interdependence and modern artistic knowledge. Another main focus in teaching is the history of digital art.
A speciality of the institute in Göttingen is curatorial training with the institute's art collection, ranging from use of the objects in teaching to training students to organise their own exhibitions. The courses offered include regular excursions inside and outside Germany and periods of study abroad at European partner universities. The art history department in Göttingen is a member of interdisciplinary centres, degree programmes and research associations. It also cooperates closely with the disciplines of archaeology, history and cultural sciences at Göttingen University.

Course of studies:
In Göttingen, students aiming for a Master's degree can choose between the single-subject course with the study focus on "curatorial studies" (78 C), the scientifically-oriented 42-C core subject programme in art history and the practice-oriented 42-C Master's degree specialisation in "curatorial studies".

The art history study programme specialising in "curatorial studies" focuses its Master's degree courses on the art collection of Göttingen University with its wide range of objects (especially works of art on paper such as drawings and graphic prints). The study focus addresses students with a Bachelor's degree in art history, aesthetics, pictorial science or any other closely related discipline targeting employment in museums, graphic art collections, pictorial archives and other archives, in the art trade or in the areas of science and collection history (the latter also for a university career).

Language requirements to be fulfilled during studies:
For admission to the Master's thesis, verification of knowledge in Latin, at least in the scope of the "kleines Latinum", is required.

Programme structure:
The Master's programme contains – as corresponds to its emphasis on a scientific as well as practical approach – research-oriented and practice-oriented modules.
The Master's programme conveys broader and more in-depth knowledge that builds upon the Bachelor's programme. The fundament is the ability to recognize problems, develop questions and to accept potential answers as temporarily valid. Contents and methods of other subjects are integrated into the programme. Another part of the course of study deals with the materiality of art objects without disregarding their symbolic nature, and conveys skills in inventorisation, catalogisation and presentation. The findings obtained are deepened in internships or practical exercises in media management and / or art brokerage.

Occupational fields:
The Master's programme prepares students for work as art historians in all areas of media and culture management, at universities, non-university research institutions, research institutions, museums and in the preservation of historical monuments as well as in the diplomatic services and journalism in the broadest sense. The Master's pogramme lays the foundation for a professionalisation in art history and image science and is – in addition to the occupational fields stated here – also the requirement to continue on with doctoral studies in art history.