Art History – University of Copenhagen

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Art History

BA programme

Main fields of study

Art History is the study of the history, aesthetics and scholarship of the visual arts. The main topics are painting/graphics, architecture and sculpture. Photography/video, design/fashion, museology, non-Western art, culture studies and art criticism/art education are also integrated into the study of modern visual culture.

Languages of instruction

Primarily Danish. Some courses have been taught in English. The examinations have been conducted in both English and Danish.

Programme requirements

The BA programme aims to provide the student with:

  • The ability to analyse objects of art by applying relevant methodology and theory;
  • The ability to put objects of art – and the analysis of them – in historical context;
  • Knowledge of all the significant periods of art history;
  • Skills in communicating the knowledge of art history to the public.

The BA programme is concluded with a written project (worth 15 ECTS). 

Professional status

The Bachelor of Arts in Art History qualifies the student for primarily educational functions within the public and private art and culture institutions and at giving the students competence to pursue further studies in other areas.

MA programme

Main fields of study

Art History is the study of the scholarship, history and aesthetics of the visual arts. The main topics are painting/graphics, architecture and sculpture. Photography/video, design/fashion, museology, non-Western art and culture studies and art criticism/art education are also integrated in the study of modern visual culture.

Languages of instruction

Primarily Danish. Some courses have been taught in English. The examinations have been conducted in both English and Danish.

Programme requirements

The MA programme aims to provide the student with:

  • Advanced methodological and theoretical skills;
  • The ability to put objects of art in historical context;
  • An independent and critical approach to art history;
  • Skills in communicating his or her knowledge of art history to the public.

The MA programme consists of a number of electives and is concluded with a Master’s thesis worth 30 ECTS.

Professional status

The Master of Arts in Art History qualifies the graduates for positions that require knowledge of the arts and visual culture such as adult education, journalism and publishing and positions as consultants or curators.