The M.A. programme "Art History" at Saarland University offers a novel combination of established fields (painting, drawing, sculpture, architecture and applied arts from the Middle Ages) with contemporary developments that are expanding the traditional canon of art history. The M.A. programme focuses particularly on photography, film and new media art. A module on world art is designed to challenge the dominant European perspective on the history of art.

However, the programme is not restricted to enriching students' understanding of the subject, but also aims to develop and strengthen the world-of-work skills required by employers. For instance, students attend exhibitions and events that not only help them to acquire an appreciation of the specific requirements of museum work or in the care and preservation of historical monuments, but also encourage them to begin building a network of career-relevant contacts. Students will also receive an introduction to art criticism and will take part in excursions where they will learn to handle original artefacts.

The programme is clearly structured and requires fewer individual examinations than in other comparable Master's degree courses. Students are encouraged and expected to work independently to consolidate and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the taught courses.

Graduates from the programme are well qualified for all positions where there is a requirement for genuine proficiency in the field of art history, such as in museums, universities and research institutions. With the knowledge and skills acquired in the M.A. programme "Art History", graduates are very well suited to take up positions in a variety of other fields that include curating work and exhibition management, the art trade, care and preservation of historic monuments, media, publishing, tourism, cultural management, charitable foundations, or adult education. The M.A. programme also provides students with an excellent foundation for subsequent doctoral research work.

Course of study Art History
Type of programme Consecutive Master's degree programme
Accreditation Quality assurance system accredited by the Accreditation Council
Can be studied as Main or subsidiary subject in a dual-subject programme
Possible combinations Subject combinations (in German)
Language of instruction German
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Degree qualification Master of Arts (M.A.)
Start of programme Winter semester or summer semester
Admission restriction No
Application deadline 28.02.2018 for summer semester 2018
For applicants without proof of German language proficiency: 15.01.2018
Where to apply Online application portal (in German)
Study counselling Central Student Advisory Service
Course advisers Contact the course adviser
Web page Department of Art History