ART HISTORY

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

Art in an interdisciplinary environment

Paintings, architecture, sculptures, street art, performances, bio-art, Internet art, installations, video art and advertising – at the Section for Art History at Aarhus University we study both art history and visual culture. We therefore work with art and visual expressions in a broad sense.

As part of your studies, you examine art and visual media in theoretical, historical, analytical and practical perspectives. As a Master’s degree student you work both generally and in depth with art and visual culture, art theories and methodologies as well as historical and sociological processes. You study the role of art and other visual media in culture, both in high and mass culture as well as in design, architecture, film and visual art. You learn to analyse art and cultural phenomena, including the way they are practised in society and business, and you learn to apply your knowledge in practice. In addition, you practise and further develop your ability to communicate your knowledge and to define, formulate, develop and implement large projects.

The purpose of the Master’s degree programme in Art History is to educate professionals with clear profiles. This development is supported by individual study process interviews in the course of your studies as well as by academic subjects that support your creation of an individual degree profile with the help of ongoing guidance and competence clarification.

Breadth and depth in research-based education

The underlying idea with the Master’s degree programme is to focus on the core academic subjects during the first two semesters as a basis for the third semester’s profiling and project-oriented training and the fourth semester’s thesis.

The first two semesters consist of core academic subjects designed to reflect both a broad representation and in-depth reflection on current research at the section. The main subjects during both the first and second semesters will be in the form of workshop-based teaching relating to current research. The first semester will focus on topics within art history and visual culture, and the second semester will focus on the methodologies relating to same. Each semester, the main subjects are supported by a minor clarifying and instructive course that helps guide you through the multitude of topic and methodology-related approaches to art history and visual culture covered in the main subjects.

As a Master’s degree student you therefore get an insight into current research and choose to study the areas you find the most interesting in further detail.

The method and content of the teaching thus support the degree profile of the individual student, which can be further supported by choosing project-oriented training. Such training provides further experience with the job market and fine-tunes your personal job profile.

As a Master’s degree student you therefore have plenty of opportunity to create and strengthen your individual degree profile and to test your personal and academic skills in a specific job context.

In the course of your studies, you get an opportunity to take part in travels and excursions – both within Denmark and in other countries and to undertake a study period abroad, perhaps in connection with your project-oriented training.

Whether you wish to work at an art or cultural institution, in the private or public sector, for example with communication about art at museums and galleries, with cultural journalism, as a teacher at an upper secondary school or with design, the Master’s degree in Art History will give you the necessary skills. You acquire theoretical, analytical and practical skills that enable you to work at art and cultural institutions and in private sector companies working with visual culture.

Admission requirements

En kandidatuddannelse i kunsthistorie vægter 2 årsværk (120 ECTS) og opdeles på tre linjer:

  • A-linjen består af to års studier i kunsthistorie
  • B-linjen indeholder 1 ¼ års studier i kunsthistorie kombineret med ¾ års studier i et andet fag inden for gymnasiets fagrække.

Følgende bacheloruddannelser giver adgang til kandidatuddannelsen i kunsthistorie:  

A-linjen:

  • En bacheloruddannelse i kunsthistorie eller æstetik og kultur
  • En anden humanistisk bacheloruddannelse med et tilvalg (min. 45 ECTS) i visuel kultur, billedkunst og design, billedkunst, billedkunst og visuel kultur, æstetik og kultur eller æstetisk kommunikation

Eksempler på adgangsgivende bacheloruddannelser til A-linjen

  • Bacheloruddannelsen i kunsthistorie (Aarhus Universitet), jf. Adgangsbekendtgørelsen § 14.
  • Bacheloruddannelsen i kunsthistorie (Københavns Universitet)
  • Bacheloruddannelsen i æstetik og kultur (Aarhus Universitet)
  • Andre bacheloruddannelser (alle universiteter) med bachelortilvalg (45 ECTS) i billedkunst, billedkunst og design, visuel kultur eller billedkunst og visuel kultur (Aarhus Universitet).

B-linjen (75 ECTS point i kunsthistorie med 45 ECTS kandidattilvalg):

Adgangskravet til kandidatuddannelsens B-linje er en bestået bacheloruddannelse med 135 ECTS i kunsthistorie og et bachelortilvalg (45 ECTS) i et andet fag inden for gymnasiets fagrække.

Eksempler på adgangsgivende bacheloruddannelser til B-linjen

  • Bacheloruddannelsen i kunsthistorie (Aarhus Universitet eller Københavns Universitet) med 45 ECTS tilvalg inden for gymnasieskolens fagrække (eksempelvis tysk, historie, samfundsfag, retorik, fysik, film & tv, osv. – se tilvalg.au.dk)

Øvrige uddannelser, som efter universitetets vurdering i niveau, omfang og indhold svarer til ovenfor nævnte uddannelser kan give adgang til kandidatuddannelsen.

Retskrav på optagelse

Studerende på bacheloruddannelsen i Kunsthistorie ved Aarhus Universitet har krav på optagelse på kandidatuddannelsen i Kunsthistorie, under forudsætning af at der søges om optagelse med henblik på start på kandidatuddannelsen i direkte forlængelse af bacheloruddannelsens afslutning. Retskravet forudsætter, at ansøgningen modtages rettidigt af Aarhus Universitet.

Adgangsbegrænsning

Da kandidatuddannelsen i Kunsthistorie er omfattet af regeringens udspil om dimensionering, er der fra 2015 indført adgangsbegrænsning på uddannelsen. Derfor er det at have opfyldt adgangskravene ikke i sig selv en garanti for optagelse. Retskravsbachelorer er dog stadig sikret optagelse.

Udvælgelseskriterier

Såfremt der er flere kvalificerede ansøgere end studiepladser, prioriteres kvalificerede ansøgere efter et simpelt gennemsnit. Det simple gennemsnit udregnes ud fra de discipliner med gradueret bedømmelse, der på ansøgningstidspunktet er bestået på den adgangsgivende uddannelse.

Sprogfærdighedskrav

Foruden ovenstående kræver optagelse på kandidatuddannelsen i Kunsthistorie dansk på gymnasialt A-niveau eller tilsvarende. Det forventes, at den studerende har læsefærdighed i skandinaviske sprog, engelsk og mindst ét andet fremmedsprog.

Programme structure

 Academic regulations

In the academic regulations, you can read more about the content of the individual course, the structure of the degree programme and the demands the programme places on you as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

The academic regulations are currently under review. The Board of Studies does not expect any major changes but wishes to point out that the outlined study structure may be subject to minor changes.

The weighting of a Master’s degree programme in Art History differs depending on the track in which you enrol. Three possible tracks are planned but Tracks B and C have not yet been designed and are therefore only indicated in broad outline:

  • Track A: For students who have a Bachelor’s degree with a major in either Art History or Aesthetics and Culture, or a Bachelor’s degree with another major plus a supplementary subject in either Aesthetic Communication, Visual Arts or Visual Culture. In Track A, you have two years of Art History studies (120 ECTS credits) of which 30 ECTS credits are made up of profile subjects.
  • Track B: Track B is designed for students with a major in Art History who have chosen to take a supplementary subject at Master’s degree level in continuation of their Bachelor’s degree and subsequently return to their major from the Bachelor’s degree programme. Track B consists of 75 ECTS credits in Art History, of which 30 ECTS credits are made up of profile subjects combined with 45 ECTS credits in another subject taught at upper secondary school.
  • Track C: Track C is designed for students who wish to change their major subject in continuation of their supplementary subject at Bachelor"s degree level. Track C is therefore designed for students with a Bachelor’s degree with a major in another subject taught at upper secondary school and a supplementary subject in Visual Art at Bachelor’s degree level. The first semester and half of the second semester in Track C are therefore identical to those of the supplementary subject at Master’s degree level. In Track C, you therefore have two years (120 ECTS credits) of Art History studies, of which 45 ECTS credits are identical to the supplementary subject at Master"s degree level, and 30 ECTS credits are made up of profile subjects.

Structure of the degree programme

Track A:

1st semester

Topics relating to Art History and Visual Culture (20 ECTS)

MA seminar

(10 ECTS)

2nd semester

Methodologies relating to Art History and Visual Culture (20 ECTS)

Analytical Practice

(10 ECTS)

3rd semester

Profile subject/project-oriented training (30 ECTS)

4th semester

Thesis (30 ECTS)

Track B:

1st semester

Supplementary core subject (30 ECTS)

2nd semester

Supplementary core subject

(15 ECTS)

Main core subject

(15 ECTS)

3rd semester

Profile subject/project-oriented training (30 ECTS)

4th semester

Thesis (30 ECTS)

Track C:

1st semester

Identical to the supplementary subject at Master’s degree level (30 ECTS)

2nd semester

Identical to the supplementary subject at Master’s degree level (15 ECTS)

Main core subject

(15 ECTS)

3rd semester

Profile subject/project-oriented training (30 ECTS)

4th semester

Thesis (30 ECTS)

The courses on the art history programme focus on two central areas. First and foremost, you learn how to analyse visual forms of expression. This includes the classical arts of painting, sculpture and architecture, as well as newer art forms such as video, photography and design. You gain a deep understanding of the different periods in art history, such as the Baroque and Romanticism. In addition, you also learn about the institutional dimension of art and on how institutions use and present art in different contexts. In the diagram below, you can see how the programme is structured. You can click on the various courses to read the individual course descriptions.

The courses on the art history programme focus on two central areas. First and foremost, you learn how to analyse visual forms of expression. This includes the classical arts of painting, sculpture and architecture, as well as newer art forms such as video, photography and design. You gain a deep understanding of the different periods in art history, such as the Baroque and Romanticism. In addition, you also learn about the institutional dimension of art and on how institutions use and present art in different contexts.

In the diagram below, you can see how the programme is structured. You can click on the various courses to read the individual course descriptions.

 

 

 

Student life

Academic life on the art history programme

The courses on the art history programme are a mixture of theory and practice. You will participate in large lectures for your entire year group, dialogue-based seminars in smaller classes and hands-on studio work. You will also be assigned to a study group, where you will discuss your subject and prepare presentations together. 

Here is an example of a typical week in the first semester of the BA programme in art history. As you can see, you spend a lot of your time preparing for lectures and classroom lessons. This is why art history is a full-time degree programme, even though you don’t necessarily have scheduled classes every day. This means that you will also learn how to plan your time wisely during your studies. 

Monday:
8:00-17:00 Independent study

Tuesday:
8:00 - 10:00 Lecture: Period Studies I
10:00-16:00 Independent study

Wednesday:
8:00-10:00 Study group
10:00 - 13:00 Classroom instruction: Period Studies I
13:00 - 16:00 Practical Visual Culture I

Thursday:
9:00 - 16:00 Classroom instruction: Visual Culture I

Friday:
8:00 - 10:00 Seminar: Period Studies I
10:00-14:00 Independent study
14:00 - 16:00 Friday bar

Social life on the art history programme

As a student on the art history programme, you will spend much of your time at Kasernen, a former barracks that was recently restored. Here, you’ll rub shoulders with students from related degree programmes, including comparative literature, dramaturgy, musicology and rhetoric. There are a lot of social events for all of the degree programmes at Kasernen, which creates a unique interdisciplinary environment with a wide variety of associations and clubs for you to participate in: 

Visir
The Kasernen student magazine is called Vizir, and it’s a forum for student from all of the degree programmes at Kasernen. Anything goes, and the magazine contains everything from poems and short stories to articles and essays. 

Passepartout
Students and teachers at art history edit a national journal for art historians called Passepartout.  

Fællesæstetisk Fredagsbar
The aesthetics degree programmes at Kasernen have a joint Friday bar where you can enjoy a cold beer or mineral water, live music and the company of your fellow students every Friday. 

Fæstetik
Fællesæstetisk Festudvalg (Fæstetik) is a social committee that organises parties for the aesthetics degree programmes. 

Studying abroad

Doing a semester abroad is an excellent idea for students on the art history degree programme. This gives you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the history of the art of a particular country, visit new exhibitions and improve your language skills. During the last year of your BA programme, you can take advantage of one of the many exchange agreements between Aarhus University and partner universities all over the world. Get inspiration, guidance and travel lust here.

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Career

Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.

As an art history graduate, your career options depend a lot on what you’ve chosen to focus on during your studies, along with your choice of supplementary subject and Master’s degree programme. 

The BA programme in art history teaches you to analyse and understand the various forms of visual expression in the appropriate context, and you learn how visual expression is used to communicate. You also gain insight into cultural policy and how cultural institutions function. 

Many graduates of the art history programme work as in communications or administration. Careers in the art world are also an option, for example in project management, communications or curating. It is also possible to pursue a career in education, for example at upper secondary schools or folk high schools. 

Supplementary subjects

You have many options when choosing supplementary subject during the course of your degree programme. Other art history students have chosen to study: 

 

  • Supplementary subject in museological studies
  • Supplementary subject in event culture
  • Supplementary subject in aesthetic communication 

Master’s degree programmes

Most graduates of the Bachelor’s programme in the history of ideas go on to do a Master’s degree. Examples of programmes you might chose include:

  • The Master’s degree programme in art history, during which you learn to apply and evaluate the various theories you were introduced to at BA level more independently.
  • The Master’s degree programem in Scandinavian studies, where you learn to analyse Scandinavian literature, languages and media in a cultural context.
  • The Master’s degree programme in experience economy, where you learn to understand experiences as commodities and design experiences for users.
  • The Master’s degree programme in aesthetics and culture, where you learn to analyse the aesthetic dimensions of our culture and everyday life.

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.