Technische Universität Berlin
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Art Studies, M.A.

Program overview

Offering a balance of research and practical aspects, the master’s program in Art Studies combines a broadening of art history expertise with a TU-specific profile which concentrates on the cultural, material and technological constraints of artistic production as much as on institutions of art in an international context.

Students choose between two specializations, enabling them to tailor their individual profile and acquire professional skills: art technology or museum studies. Museum Studies is offered in cooperation with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz. The focus here is on preserving cultural heritage through museums. Art Technology focuses on the technical and material constraints of architecture and the visual arts, investigating their influence on the shaping of historical and modern living environments.

With its focus on art technology and museums, the study program benefits particularly from TU Berlin’s own profile and from the Institute’s international and local network. It integrates courses from the fields of historical urban studies, architecture, and preservation of monuments and the expertise of non-university specialists as well as institutions. Through application-oriented teaching and project seminars, students are introduced to scientific practice.

DegreeMaster of Arts
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Credit points120
Program start Summer and winter semester
Admission Open admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

A formal prerequisite for the master’s program in Art Studies is a first university degree qualifying you for professional work from a degree program where your primary/core subject was art history/art studies and encompassed at least 60 credit points (LP).

The master’s program in Art Studies is taught in German. If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level. This is a prerequisite for admission.

You must also provide proof of the following language skills:

•   a modern Germanic, Romance, Slavic, Finno-Ugrian or Turkish foreign language at CEFR level B1

and

•   an additional Germanic, Romance, Slavic, Finno-Ugrian, or Turkish foreign language at CEFR level B2

or

•   Latin skills equivalent to the Latinum.

You are not required to provide proof of your skills in the second language until enrollment.

As some of the professional literature and courses are offered in English, English skills are useful. However, this is not a condition for admission to studies.

Program structure

The Art Studies master’s program consists of a compulsory (42 credit points), compulsory elective (42 credit points), and elective component (15 credit points). Within the compulsory elective component, you can choose between two specializations, art technology or museum studies. Students complete the program by writing a master’s thesis (30 credit points).

There is a proposed course schedule for the degree program. It contains examples of when to take certain modules and is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of four semesters. While this proposed course schedule is ideal on paper, it is not mandatory. It is simply an example of how to successfully schedule and shape your studies. You can find the course schedule in the study and examination regulations.

Content and modules

The master’s degree program consists of modules which combine curriculum content on a specific topic and often include various study and teaching formats such as seminars, lectures, excursions, and practical projects. Students are required to earn a specific number of credit points and complete certain coursework and assessments in each module.

You can find a module list which offers a current overview of all the modules in TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). In the MTS you have an overview of which modules are mandatory for your degree program and which are elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information on the content, learning outcomes, participation requirements, workload, assessment methods, and much more. The module catalogue is based on the study and exam regulations. The most current version of these regulations applies to new students.

To module database

Internships

You have the option of completing a non-university internship during the compulsory elective component. This internship must be at least four weeks. Additionally, you can complete a five-week internship as part of the elective component.

Stays abroad

The degree program is designed to enable you to incorporate a stay abroad into your studies while remaining within the standard period of study. The study abroad officer in the faculty will assist you with selecting a university and creating a course schedule.

Acquired skills

The Art Studies master’s program teaches students the ability to reflect academically and provides the practical competence for a range of professional fields related to art history. The acquisition of art historical expertise goes hand in hand with a methodological training and with practical perspectives on the research, preservation and a broader understanding of European artistic and architectural heritage. The specific profile provides you with an understanding of the critical or synergetic relationship between the so-called two cultures. If you choose the Art Technology specialization, you will acquire comprehensive knowledge of the material and technical requirements of architecture and the visual arts and their influence on the shaping of historical and modern living environments (applied arts, architecture, design, urban design, and garden art). Given the current diverse threats to cultural heritage, you will gain an understanding of the methods and techniques needed for conservation, restoration, and the preservation of monuments. If you have chosen the Museum Studies specialization, you will acquire extensive knowledge about preserving cultural heritage through museums. You will additionally be highly skilled in the theoretical and historical analysis of the function of museums as well as in the collection, presentation, and acquisition of material cultural heritage. The collaboration with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin enables you to profit from a practical education during which you become familiar with the different tasks and responsibilities in museum work and actively contribute to these.

After your studies

Graduates are excellently prepared for diverse professional fields related to art history. Typical fields of work include:

•   the preservation of monuments, for instance in inventory, documentation, public relations, restoration consulting, and any questions related to building plans and building law;

•   museum work such as collecting, managing, and researching art for the public, and making artwork accessible to the public through exhibitions and publications;

•   procuration at art society or art fair exhibitions, particularly with regards to current art movements;

•   the art market;

•   and in research and teaching at universities, art colleges, and research institutions.

In recent years, professional work in the following fields has also become increasingly important: publishing, art trade, work outside of public institutions for instance as freelance exhibition curators, collection managers, or cultural managers in tourism, business and industry. Your master’s degree in Art Studies qualifies you to pursue a doctorate and subsequently an academic career.

Further information & downloads

Guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

Questions about the degree program: Course Guidance

General questions: Student Info Services

Application and enrollment: Office of Student Affairs – Graduate Admissions

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board

Brochure about the Master's program