History of Art (Bachelor)

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Students of the bachelor’s programme in Art History gain insight into the thematic as well as methodological diversity of academic work in the field of art history. In addition, they acquire basic skills in academic observations, research and reasoning. They are able to present the results of their own research in writing or orally in an appropriate manner.

Students have to complete courses in the following areas:

  • Medieval art history (late antiquity/Middle Ages)
  • Early modern art history (early modern period)
  • Modern art history (modern period)
  • Contemporary art
  • Central European art history
  • Byzantine art history
  • Islamic art history
  • Asian art history

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 635

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including 60 ECTS credits of extension curricula)

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study programme

The bachelor’s programme in Art History comprises the modules Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP), Art History Survey, Case Study, Emphasis and Final Phase, as well as the compulsory module Special Topics.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Renaissance
  • Iconography
  • Art theory
  • Stellar vault
  • Portal sculpture

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

The specialised knowledge and intellectual skills acquired during the bachelor’s programme in Art History qualifies students for a career in the following occupational areas:

  • at universities and research institutions
  • at museums, galleries and in the area of communication of the arts
  • in the area of art criticism
  • in the area of monument preservation and cultural heritage protection
  • in art trade
  • in publishing
  • in cultural management
  • at archives
  • in the area of cultural policy.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates