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Study art history and visual culture at the KU

Art history is the study of the history of visual media and art. Content includes not only cathedrals, Michelangelo, and impressionism, but also the history of photography and film. Accordingly, in addition to traditional areas such as museum work, adult education, university teaching, and historic preservation, graduates may pursue careers in a broad range of other fields. Cultural associations and publishers, cultural and local authorities, and galleries and media workshops all need specialists in the history of visual arts and media.

DiverseThe KU’s art history teaching covers topics from the Middle Ages to the 20th and 21st centuries. The department’s research concentrates on international art from the Late Middle Ages to the present day.

Individual – We offer our students personal support, close contact with lecturers, small seminar groups, and topics that are tailored to suit their interests and goals. During stages where students must carry out their own research, they are also offered individual coaching.

Interdisciplinary – The Culture and Media curriculum, which is offered at Bachelor’s and Master’s level, has a strong interdisciplinary focus.

Connected – Thanks to excellent collaboration with other institutions in Bavaria, in Germany, and as part of an international network, the teaching at the KU’s Art History department enjoys a reputation for high quality throughout Germany and beyond. Lecturers from partner institutions in Germany and abroad are invited to Eichstätt, while KU students who spend time studying abroad receive fantastic support while they are there.

Doctoral study at the KU

Doctoral candidates in the field of art history may participate in the doctoral program Aisthesis. Art – Images – Perception, which is run jointly by the KU and the universities of Regensburg, Bern, and Vienna.

Career prospects

Graduates of art history may pursue careers in the traditional areas of university teaching and research, and in art history research institutes, museums, and historic preservation; a doctoral degree is required for the majority of these areas. They may also find positions in exhibition work or at art associations; a doctoral degree is sometimes required in these areas. In addition, in recent decades career opportunities for art historians have also developed in a range of other industries. For example, they may work at cultural authorities, art galleries, and media archives, in adult education, art tourism, publishing, and journalism, and as freelance curators. We recommend that students aim to complete internships during their studies in order to gain experience in these areas and develop additional skills to increase their employability.

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