In the development of modernity, conflicts between differently shaped world views and cultural spheres have been perceived time and again. In extreme cases, the existence of a barely bridgeable gap between the so-called "two cultures" and the sciences assigned to them (natural sciences versus humanities) has been constructed from this. In the interdisciplinary Bachelor's programme Culture and Technology, these supposed opposites are questioned. The interrelationships that actually exist between the spiritual, social and material dimensions of the modern world are illuminated and bridges are built between the humanities and cultural sciences and the natural and technical sciences.
The study programme Culture and Technology imparts professional, methodological and social competences for understanding and shaping social tasks in the field of tension between cultural and technical-scientific experiences of the world. It thus contributes to the interdisciplinarity of science and the integration of society.
The degree programme is divided into four study areas: Interdisciplinary Studies (60 LP), Vocational Orientation (30 LP), Electives (30 LP) and the Core Subject (60 LP), which serves profiling purposes.
The core subject Art Studies: The Department of Art History offers the core subject "Art Studies" as part of the Bachelor's degree programme in Culture and Technology. Knowledge of the art history of the Middle Ages, the early modern period and modernity in the areas of visual arts, architecture and applied arts is taught. The aim of the course is to gain a confident approach to the various subject areas and an awareness of the diverse methodological approaches to them.
A particular focus of art studies teaching and research at the TU is on the cultural, material and technological preconditions of artistic production as well as on the mediation and institutionalisation of art. On the one hand, this involves procedural knowledge, shaping processes and material iconographies, and on the other, questions of artist training, cultural transfer, museum history and the history of science in an international context.
The Bachelor's degree programme Culture and Technology with the core subject Art Studies qualifies for admission to the TU Master's degree programme "Art Studies". Further information on the BA Culture & Technology and application modalities can be found on the pages of Faculty I.
The Master's programme, which is both research-oriented and practice-oriented, combines in-depth knowledge of art history with a TU-specific profile that focuses on the cultural, material and technological prerequisites of artistic production as well as on the institutions of art in an international context. Further teaching and research focuses are the art history of East Central Europe, the history of science and the architecture of post-war modernism.
"Art technology" or "museum"?
Unique nationwide are the options for setting focal points within the degree programme
Focus on art technology
The specialisation "Art Technology" imparts knowledge of the technical and material conditionality of the spatial and visual arts and explores their influence on the design of historical and modern living environments. Against the background of diverse current threats to cultural heritage, it introduces the problems of conservation, restoration and monument preservation and sharpens the view for the ethical principles of these practices and their history.
The specialisation "Museum" is offered in cooperation with the National Museums in Berlin - Prussian Cultural Heritage. In contrast to a museological education, the focus here is on subject-specific questions. On the one hand, it is about the theoretical analysis of the institution of the museum, its functions and its history, on the other hand, it is about the practical handling of museum or curatorial core tasks such as collecting, preserving and presenting the materially handed down cultural heritage.
Interdisciplinary, research-oriented and object-oriented:
In its art-technological-museum orientation, the degree programme benefits in particular from the TU's own subject profile as well as from the international and local networking of the institute. It integrates courses in historical urban studies, architecture, monument conservation and the competence of non-university experts (restorers, etc.) as well as institutions (museums, especially the National Museums in Berlin). In project seminars, students are specifically introduced to academic practice - be it through participation in edition or exhibition projects, or through participation in conferences or social media projects. Teaching close to the object is emphasised: Excursions are an essential part of the teaching programme, and numerous seminars take place on site.
Labour market oriented qualification:
The Master's degree programme in "Art History" imparts the ability to reflect scientifically and the practical competence to act in various professional fields related to art history. The acquisition of indispensable specialist knowledge goes hand in hand with the exemplary practice of disciplinary methods of scientific work and with practice-related perspectives on researching, preserving and communicating the European art and architectural heritage. Graduates are thus excellently prepared for the classic fields of activity in the preservation of historical monuments, museums, exhibitions, the art trade as well as at universities, art colleges and research institutions.
If you have a Bachelor's degree in art history/art science or a comparable course of study, want to deepen your knowledge of art history and sharpen your academic profile according to the focal points offered, apply to us!
For more information on admission requirements and application modalities, please contact the
Service area Master
Faculty I - Institute of Art History and Historical Urban Studies
FG Art History, Secretariat A 56
Street of 17 June 150/152