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BA European Art History

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

853.8 DEM
853.8 DEM
853.8 DEM

Application fee

International 0 DEM
National 0 DEM
Faculty of Philosophy
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)90
TOEFL-PBT (min)570
SAT (avg)1530
ACT (avg)22

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About this course

European Art History deals with the history of the plastic arts, architecture, applied arts, photography and the new media in Europe and in European cultures from early medieval times until the present. In lectures and excursions the students expand their knowledge of art in the different ages and genres, and systematically acquire the conceptual tools to describe, classify and interpret these objects. The course introduces different methods of analysing artworks regarding their origin, type, function and effect, as well as their material and inspirational preconditions. Research is done on artistic materials and techniques, the history of artist training, art theory, the history of art literature and art history, its methods and institutions, and also its potential influence.

The classical professional fields comprise Museum and Cultural Management, Architectural Heritage, Schools, Universities, Research, Adult Education and Tourism, Journalism (press and publishing, radio, television, online services), Art and Antiques Trading, and Art Consulting.

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Eligibility Criteria


There is no restriction on admission

Language requirements: two modern second languages up to the orientation examination
Language of instruction: German,English,French

International Students

International applicants are offered a preparatory course in the summer semester before the course proper begins.
Special arrangements apply for applicants from other countries. Information is available from the International Relations Office of Heidelberg University.Admission requirements for Heidelberg University’s undergraduate study programmes are a higher-education entrance qualification as well as very good German-language knowledge. Additional qualifications may be required for individual study programs. Detailed information on the special requirements in a given study programme can be found in the rules and regulations of admission.If your higher-education entrance qualification is not fully equivalent to the German “Abitur”, you will be required to pass an assessment test before you can begin your studies at Heidelberg University. The university’s “Studienkolleg” offers preparatory courses for this test.

Students who have been granted admission to one of these programmes are only allowed to matriculate if they can substantiate proficiency in German by one of the following certificates within the matriculation period given in the letter of admission:

  • DSH examination passed at a German university with a mark of “2.9” or better (old marking system) or at least 78% (new tiered system)
  • “Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom” of the Goethe Institute with a mark of “2.9” or better
  • “Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom” of the Goethe Institute with a mark of “bestanden” or better
  • “Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung” of the Goethe Institute with an overall mark of “2.9” or better
  • Goethe-Zertifikat C1 of the Goethe-Institut with an overall mark of “2.9” or better (issued from 01.01.2012)
  • Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom of the Goethe-Institut (issued from 01.01.2012) with a mark of “bestanden” or better
  • “Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz – Zweite Stufe” with an overall mark of “2.9” or better
  • TestDaF examination at TestDaF level (TDN) “5” in “Schriftlicher Ausdruck” and “Leseverstehen”, and at least TestDaF level “4” in “Mündlicher Ausdruck” and “Hörverstehen”
  • written examination in the subject “German” attested in the school leaving certificate after the secondary level with a mark of “2.9” or better, if there is a respective bilateral treaty with the other country
  • written examination in the subject “German” passed with a mark of “2.9” or better in the “Prüfung zur Feststellung der Eignung ausländischer Studienbewerber für die Aufnahme eines Studiums an den Hochschulen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland” (so-called “Feststellungsprüfung”)

If a student has successfully completed a German Language and Literature programme of at least four years at a university abroad, he or she may request exemption from the DSH examination; the decision on whether exempt status is granted will be taken by the International Relations Office in agreement with the responsible commission of the Institute for German as a Foreign Language at Heidelberg University.

If none of the documents / certificates concerning the proficiency in German mentioned above is furnished, the applicant will be required to complete the DSH examination at Heidelberg University with the results / markings stipulated above prior to the beginning of his or her academic studies.

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Course Modules

The Bachelor of Arts in European Art History can be studied in three variations:

  • as a major with a thesis (75% taught course with 113 credits),
  • as a second major (50% taught course with 74 credits) if the thesis is written in another major (first major worth 50%)
  • as minor (25% with 35 credits) to another 75% major.

The course takes six semesters.

From the start, students attend lectures and proseminars in which they acquire in-depth knowledge of aspects of the subject and the skills to handle and present material independently. In addition, offers, the preparatory courses offer a structured introduction to the foundations of the subject (which the Heidelberg Institute for European Art History pioneered in Germany). These four classes deal with the thematic areas of Genres and Techniques, Form and Style, Iconography and Architecture, and present basic knowledge in a well-structured and concentrated way. The material is worked through in detail in tutorials, where students practise an independent approach to it. The range of classes is supplemented by practical sessions led by adjunct practitioners (e.g. museums, collections and art trade).

At the latest at the end of the second semester, students must have completed two preparatory courses in the major subjects, or one in the minor (the orientation examination is through continuous assessment). In the courses, they have to take modules with a definite number of lectures, seminars and practical classes – for further details see the Institute website (www.iek.uni-hd.de, Studium). The classes can be freely elected from the module lists contained in the course catalogue. In the module Visual Competences, students with this as their major (75%) can also gain insight into other subjects. Two two-day excursions must be completed in the two majors.

In the major subjects, the B.A. course concludes with an oral examination (about 30 minutes), and in the 75% course students write a thesis of around 40 pages.

Prerequisites for the B.A. in European Art History are proficiency in two modern languages, to be demonstrated at the latest for the orientation examination. Acquiring additional language skills is urgently recommended, as this is necessary to be able to read international specialist literature and is indispensable for many areas of work.

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How to Apply

Our admission process is designed to discover a talented, distinguished, diverse undergraduate population. Although test scores and GPAs are important, we look beyond statistics and grades to identify enthusiastic students who demand immersive and unique learning opportunities.

As you are completing the Online Application for Admission remember to send us your high school transcripts and your ACT or SAT scores. Additionally, while Heidelberg considers ACT/SAT scores and high school GPA in the admission decision, other factors such as letters of recommendation and personal statement essays are taken into account.


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