|Degree Type:||Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)|
|Standard period of study:||6 semesters (full-time study)|
|Credit points (ECTS):||180 credit points|
|Language of instruction:||German|
|Admission restriction:||1st semester: restricted admission|
Higher semester: restricted admission
Abschluss und Studiendauer
Das Bachelorstudium Kunstgeschichte am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie ist auf eine Regelstudienzeit von 6 Semestern angelegt. Der Gesamtumfang beträgt 180 Leistungspunkte (LP), wobei ein LP etwa einem Arbeitsaufwand von 30 Stunden entsprechen soll.
Es wird der Titel Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) vergeben.
Studienhöchstdauer: 12 Semester.
Ergänzendes Wahlpflichtfach außerhalb der Kunstgeschichte
Außer dem Fach Kunstgeschichte ist aus den folgenden Fächern ein ergänzendes Wahlpflichtfach zu wählen und im Umfang von 46 LP zu studieren:
- Baugeschichte und Architekturtheorie
- Europäische Ideengeschichte
Als Fächer mit berufspraktischen Anteilen stehen zur Auswahl:
- Kulturtheorie und -praxis (KTP)
- Medientheorie und -praxis (MTP)
Das ergänzende Wahlpflichtfach außerhalb der Kunstgeschichte braucht bei der Bewerbung zum Studium noch nicht angegeben zu werden.
Sämtliche Fächerkombinationen der geistes- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Studiengänge finden Sie in der Broschüre "Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Studiengänge: Allgemeiner Teil".
Studienaufbau und Studieninhalte
Das Studium gliedert sich in folgende Fächer:
- Grundlagen und Methoden der Kunstwissenschaft: Module im Umfang von 20 LP
- Epochen und Stile: Module im Umfang von 20 LP
- Form und Bedeutung: Module im Umfang von 20 LP
- Künstler/innen und Gesellschaft: Module im Umfang von 24 LP
- Angewandte Wissenschaft: Modul im Umfang von 12 LP
- Ästhetik und Kulturtheorie: Modul im Umfang von 12 LP
- Ein ergänzendes Wahlpflichtfach außerhalb der Kunstgeschichte im Umfang von 46 LP
- Überfachliche Qualifikationen/ Schlüsselqualifikationen im Umfang von 6 LP
- Ein Berufspraktikum mit einer Dauer von mindestens 6 Wochen im Umfang von 8 LP
Bewerbung und Zulassung
Ein Studienbeginn in Kunstgeschichte ist nur zum Wintersemester möglich. Der Studiengang ist zulassungsbeschränkt. Eine Bewerbung erfolgt nur für das Kernfach. Das Ergänzungsfach braucht bei der Bewerbung nicht angegeben zu werden. Die Wahl des Ergänzungsfaches erfolgt erst bei Studienbeginn.
Deutschkenntnisse für internationale Bewerber
Um ein deutschsprachiges Studium aufnehmen zu können, müssen internationale Bewerber entsprechende Sprachkenntnisse nachweisen. Für die Bewerbung benötigen Sie mindestens Kenntnisse auf B1-Niveau. Alle Zertifikate werden akzeptiert, aber es reicht auch eine Teilnahmebescheinigung am B1-Kurs. Zur Einschreibung muss die DSH2 oder eines der anerkannten Äquivalente vorgelegt werden. Weitere Informationen erhalten Sie beim International Students Office.
Application and admission
Application is only possible for the winter semester.
Application deadline is 15.07. (cut-off deadline!).
The Bachelor's program in Art History is admission restricted.
You can find more information on the website:https://www.sle.kit.edu/vorstudium/bachelor-kunstgeschichte.php.
In addition, sufficient knowledge of the English language must be demonstrated, corresponding to at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). English language proficiency can be demonstrated by internationally recognized tests.
Proof of English language proficiency through one of the above tests is not required for applicants with
- a university degree from a university with English as the sole language of instruction and examination.
- a high school diploma, whereby the foreign language must have been taken for at least 5 learning years directly up to graduation.
Prerequisites for admission to the Bachelor's program in Art History at KIT are:
1. one of the following degrees:
- General university entrance qualification,
- subject-linked university entrance qualification with technical orientation,
- or another qualification in the sense of § 58 para. 2 LHG
2. sufficient knowledge of the English language corresponding at least to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)*.
The bachelor's degree program is admission-restricted. After deduction of the preliminary quotas, the remaining study places are distributed via a selection procedure.
The selection procedure is based on the academic performance, the results and any previous experience of the applicants*. Based on these achievements, a ranking is formed according to points.
1. result of the university entrance qualification (academic performance, weighting 75%):
The sum of the points achieved in the university entrance qualification is divided by 56 or 60 and multiplied by 5 (max. 75 points).
2. prior experience (weighting 25%):
If available and proven, the following previous experience may be evaluated, provided that it gives special information about the aptitude for the intended study program:
- completed vocational training in a relevant profession (e.g. bookseller, photographer, media designer for image and sound, digital and print) and previous professional experience relevant to the course of study even without completed vocational training (max. 15 points)
- practical activities, e.g. voluntary service (max. 5 points)
- extracurricular achievements and qualifications, e.g. prizes and awards (max. 5 points)
* English language proficiency can be demonstrated by one of the following internationally recognized tests:
- Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 90 on the internet-based test or.
- IELTS with an overall score of at least 6.5 and no section below 5.5 or
- University of Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or
- University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or
- UNIcert at least level II.
Proof of English proficiency by means of one of the above tests is not required for applicants with
- a university degree from an institution of higher education with English as the sole language of instruction and examination; English as the sole and official language of the degree program completed must be indicated in the Diploma Supplement, Transcript of Records, or degree certificate; other confirmations of the language of instruction and examination will not be accepted as proof of language proficiency;
- an Abitur certificate, whereby the foreign language must have been taken for at least 5 learning years directly up to the degree entitling the holder to university admission, and the final or average grade of the last two learning years of the language course must correspond to at least the German grade 4 (sufficient) or at least 5 points.
If the language certificate is missing at the time of application, the applicant can still be admitted in individual cases under the condition that he/she proves the language certificate by the end of the matriculation period.
German language skills for international applicants
In order to be able to take up German-language studies, international applicants must provide proof of appropriate language skills. You need at least B1-level proficiency to apply. All certificates are accepted, but a certificate of participation in a B1 course is also sufficient. The DSH2 or one of the recognized equivalents must be presented for enrollment. For more information, please contact the International Students Office.
|Semester duration||01.10.2022 - 31.03.2023|
|Lecture period||24.10.2022 - 18.02.2023|
|Lecture-free period||24.12.2022 - 06.01.2023|
|Semester duration||01.04.2023 - 30.09.2023|
|Lecture period||17.04.2023 - 29.07.2023|
|Lecture-free period||29.05.2023 - 03.06.2023|
|for the summer semester||15.01. - 15.02.|
|for the winter semester||01.07. - 15.08.|
The module handbook describes the modules belonging to the respective study program, the interdependencies between them, the learning objectives and the type of assessment.
Winter Semester 2022/23 :
Bachelor Art History (SPO2017): German
Bachelor Art History (SPO2022): german
Master Art History (SPO2017): german
Bachelor History of Art (SPO2017): german
Master History of Art (SPO2017): german
Summer term 2021
Pdf: Bachelor History of Art (SPO2017): german
Pdf: Master History of Art (SPO2017): german
Online: Bachelor History of Art (SPO2017): german
Online: Master History of Art (SPO2017): german
Studien- und Prüfungsordnungen
Der Ablauf des Studiums ist in den jeweiligen Studien- und Prüfungsordnungen geregelt.
Studiengang Kunstgeschichte Bachelor
- Studienordnung 2017: SPO 2017 (AB 045)
Studiengang Kunstgeschichte Master
- Studienordnung 2017: SPO 2016 (AB 046)
Fächer- und Modulstruktur
- Fächer- und Modulstruktur des B.A.-Studiengangs Kunstgeschichte
- Fächer- und Modulstruktur des B.A.-Studiengangs Kunstgeschichte ab WS 19/20
- Fächer- und Modulstruktur des M.A.-Studiengangs Kunstgeschichte
- Modulstruktur des Ergänzungsfachs "Baugeschichte und Architekturtheorie"
- Ergänzendes Wahlpflichtfach Kunstgeschichte
- Ergänzendes Wahlpflichtfacht Kunstgeschichte ab WS 19/20
- Übersicht Ergänzungsfach Kunstgeschichte
Forms - History of art
- Application for approval of module choice in the subject "Form and Meaning".
(Study and examination regulations 2017)
- Guest lecture certificate
- Field trip certificate
- Declaration of independence
- Application for approval of an internship
- Certificate of approval for an examination performance (1st attempt)
(Signature can be done by the secretary's office. Signature of the student service is not required)
- Assignment of interdisciplinary qualifications in the study plan
- Transfer of Master's preferred credits to the Master's degree program
(Please send the form to the secretary's office for forwarding to the examination board)
- Art History ID card is available from the Art History secretariat
The card allows free admission to museums
Semester Program Guide
The semester program booklet is published every semester at the beginning of the lecture period.
In addition to an excerpt from the KIT course catalog with the courses relevant to the degree programs of the Faculty of Architecture, the program booklet contains further information on dates in the respective semester, class schedules, exam registrations, information on the faculty's facilities, and excerpts from the study and examination regulations.
Semester program booklet summer semester 2022: German/ English
Semester program winter semester 2021/22: German/ English
Semester program summer semester 2021: German/ English
Semester program winter term 2020/21: German/ English
Semesterprogram WS 2019/20 (German)
Semester programWS 2019/20 (English
Semesterprogram SS 2019 (German)
Semester program SS2019 (English)
Semester program WS2018/19 (German)
Semester programWS 2018/19 (English)
Faculty brochure SS 2018
Faculty brochure WS 2017/18
Faculty brochure SS 2017
Faculty brochure WS 2016/17
Faculty brochure SS 2016
Faculty brochure WS 2015/16
Faculty brochure SS 2015
Guide to scientific work
This guide is intended to be an aid for the study of art history at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and to give hints for scientific work. In principle, the advice in this handout is also valuable and valid for architecture students. However, there are also some deviating regulations for term papers and especially for the scientific part of the master's thesis in the course of studies in architecture, e.g. concerning the freedom in the layout of the paper. A version of the handout that is precisely adapted to the needs of architecture students is therefore in preparation. As long as it is not yet available, please use this version, but please discuss with your supervisor which of the regulations are not binding for you or which additional regulations apply in the respective case.
Courses of the Art History program
Start of the Bachelor
For a good start of studies, the orientation phase with the mentoring program takes place for the new freshmen every year two weeks before the start of lectures of the winter semester. Information from the faculty, KIT, and the student councils, as well as a first-semester handbook complete the offer.
The orientation phase for the winter semester 2022/23 will take place in the week from 10 to 14.10.2022.
Orientation phase (O phase)
The O-Phase is an important introduction to the study program: It is organized by the Student Council of Architecture and Art History in cooperation with the Dean's Office and teachers of both programs and serves to inform about the upcoming semester, the university and the study program. The new students are introduced to the studios, the professorships and the most important procedures and places at the faculty. In addition, the studio selection in the architecture program and the seminar place allocation in the art history program take place. During the O-Phase, the first projects for an exhibition at the faculty are already being worked on. The recreational and evening program of the student council makes it easy to get in touch with other freshmen and students from higher semesters.
Start and schedule of the O-Phase 2022
The O-Phase 2022 is scheduled in attendance. You should be on site in Karlsruhe for the whole week.
The start is on Monday, 10.10.2022 at 10:00 a.m. in the foyer of the architecture building (Geb. 20.40).
Further information can then also be found on the website of the Fachschaft Architektur, the O-Phasen website of the Art History program, social media and here on the official website of the faculty.
O-Phase 2022: The program
All specified rooms are located in the architecture building
(Building 20.40, Englerstraße 7, 76131 Karlsruhe)
|10:00||Arrival, registration, group allocation|
Foyer first floor
|11:00||Welcome by the faculty|
Presentation of the O-Phase schedule
Fritz-Haller lecture hall (ground floor)
|11:30||Presentation of the study programs: |
Architecture (Egon-Eiermann lecture hall)
History of Art (Lecture Hall 9)
Foyer 1st floor
|14:00||Meet and Greet and campus tours|
Introduction of the mentors (Fritz-Haller lecture hall)
Campus tours (Campus)
Evening program of the student representatives
|10:00||Studying architecture (Egon-Eiermann lecture hall)|
History of Art: Course Structure and Electives (Lecture Hall 9)
Foyer 1st floor
|13:00||Architecture: Presentation of the studios (Egon-Eiermann lecture hall)|
Art History: Seminar selection (Lecture Hall 9)
|15:00||Presentation of the O-Phase projects (Fritz-Haller lecture hall)|
Evening program of the student councils
|10:30||Information about the study program|
Fritz-Haller lecture hall
|11:00||What to Know: Tips and room for questions |
Architecture (Fritz-Haller lecture hall)
Art History (Lecture Hall 9)
Foyer 1st floor
|13:00-17:00||Work on the O-Phase projects|
In the rooms of the professorships
Evening program of the student representatives
|9:00 -17:00||Processing of O-Phase projects|
In the rooms of the professorships
|18:00||Presentation of the results of the O-Phase projects|
and award ceremony
Fritz-Haller lecture hall
Evening program of the student representatives
The mentoring program of the KIT Department of Architecture is integrated into the O-Phase with the aim of giving all first-year students a good start into their studies. Students of the 3rd and 5th semester, who have been prepared for this task with a training, accompany the new students during the O-phase and are also available afterwards as contact persons for all possible questions concerning the studies. This provides easy and direct access to information and assistance at the beginning of the studies and promotes the networking of the students of the department across semesters and courses.
If you are interested in participating in the program as a mentor in the 3rd or 5th semester, please note the annual announcement of the program in the middle/end of July. To apply, submit a brief motivational text to the departmental student bodies(fachschaft∂arch kit edu / fachschaft-kunstgeschichte∂web de). All art history students and applicants from the 2nd and 4th semester of architecture are eligible to apply.
Important info / FAQ
Information about the measures taken by KIT and the KIT Department of Architecture for Corona precautions and the associated restrictions and changes in study operations can be found on this website: https://www.kit.edu/kit/25911.php.
Technical Information of the SCC
The Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC) is responsible for the information technology of KIT. To help you get started technically, the SCC has compiled some relevant information such as how to activate your KIT user account, how to set up your e-mail box, how to prepare your KIT card, and much more.
Info about laptop purchase
Due to the current situation, part of the teaching, such as some lectures, will already take place online in the first semester. Therefore, in terms of your technical equipment, you should already be able to participate in video conferences and upload and download corresponding data volumes at the beginning of your studies. Irrespective of this, it is recommended that you purchase a laptop in the course of the first year of study to support flexible learning and working.
The software used in the study of architecture ranges from drawing programs (e.g. Vectorworks, Archicad, Autocad, Revit, Allplan), to 3D programs (e.g. Rhino, Sketchup, 3ds Max or Cinema 4D), to graphics, image editing and layout programs (mainly from Adobe or Serif) and thus places very different demands on the hardware of your computer.
Of course, the choice of the device is your decision alone, but we would like to show you on the basis of the most important components what you should pay attention to when buying a laptop. The system requirements, which the software manufacturers usually state on their website, offer a first orientation guide. We therefore recommend the following minimum equipment:
Processor: 64-bit Intel i5, min. 2 GHz or comparable AMD Ryzen Mobile processors.
RAM: min. 8 GB RAM, preferably 16 GB RAM
Hard disk: min. 512 GB SSD
Graphics card: dedicated graphics card with min. 2 GB VRAM, better 4 GB
Screen: min. FullHD, i.e. 1920x1080 pixels, ideally an IPS or VA panel.
In addition to the pure hardware requirements, the longevity of your device is important - you are studying with a standard period of study of 6 semesters Bachelor and 4 semesters in Master, so see your laptop as an investment that should accompany you for several years.
Software packages are often available to students at a discount. Here, it is advisable to wait for the start of your studies and the suggestions and tips of your teachers and students from higher semesters.
For the 3D software Rhinoceros (McNeal), which you will use in various courses from the first semester on, licenses have already been reserved at reduced rates.
To take advantage of this offer, please go to the following website: https://rzunika.asknet.de/cgi-bin/cart?ANZ1=1&PRD1=641697&GRP1=KITSTUD.
The reservation period is open from 10/24 - 10/28 specifically for first semester students.
You will receive more information about the procedure and the associated costs at the beginning of the lecture Architectural Geometry.
Subject-specific study consultations
For subject-specific questions about the study of architecture, the KIT Department of Architecture, and department visits:
studienberatung∂ arch kit edu
+49 721-608 43879
For subject-specific questions on the study of art history:
Apl. Prof Dr. Martin Papenbrock
Phone: +49 721 608-42191
martin papenbrock∂ kit edu
For questions concerning student concerns and student life at the department:
KIT ArchitectureStudent Council
fachschaft∂ arch kit edu
KIT Art HistoryStudent Council
fachschaft-kunstgeschichte∂ web de
Center for Information and Counseling (zib)
For general questions about study organisation, application and admission as well as choice of subject:
+49 721 608-44930
info∂ zib kit edu
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