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Bachelor's Programme Art History

Faculty Faculty of Philosophy and History
Duration/ ECTS-Credits 6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Qualification Level Bachelor (First Cycle )
ISCED-11: Level 6, EQF/NQF: Level 6
ISCED-F 0213 Fine Arts
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code UC 033 635
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2009W) *
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates
Supplemental Examination Supplemental examination in Latin is required before completion of the bachelor's degree programme if this subject was not completed satisfactorily with at least 10 credit hours at a higher-level secondary school.

* Information on the Curriculum (2009W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies
  available at:
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) starting winter term 2016 »

(1) Within the scope of the studies induction and orientation stage, which takes place in the first semester, the following course examinations must be passed:

1. SL Basic Knowledge of Art Historical Practice (CM 1 lit. b/2 hrs./5 ECTS-Credits),
2. SL Fundamental Approach to Artifact (CM 1 lit. c/1 h/2.5 ECTS-Credits),
3. VO Basic Knowledge (CM 1 lit. a/2 hrs./5 ECTS-Credits).

(2) Successful passing of all exams of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage entitles to passing all further courses and examinations as well as to writing the Bachelor's Thesis.

(3) Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage courses amounting to 17.5 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The requirements specified in the curriculum must be met.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) until december 2015 »

(1) The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP), with a duration of one semester (30 ECTS-Credits), provides an overview of the study programme and its structure in order to give students an objective basis to assess their decision to pursue their chosen subjects.

(2) During the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, the following course examinations, which may be repeated twice, must be completed satisfactorily:

  1. SL Basic Knowledge of Art Historical Practice: Fundamental approach to artifact (PM 1 lit. b/2 hours/3.75 ECTS-Credits)
  2. SL Basic Knowledge I: Fundamental Approach to Artifact (PM 1 lit. c/1 hours/2.5 ECTS-Credits)

(3) A positive result (passing grade) on the examinations specified in Paragraph 2 permits students to attend all courses and take all examinations following the Introduction and Orientation Phase for Students (STEOP) and to write a bachelor's thesis as described in the curriculum. The registration requirements specified by the curriculum must be met.

General Information

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 6 semesters or 180 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

12.5 ECTS-Credits: Introduction to Art History
20.0 ECTS-Credits: two modules of Compulsory Module 2 to Compulsory Module 7

Second Semester »

25.0 ECTS-Credits: three modules of Compulsory Module 2 to Compulsory Module 16
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Third Semester »

25.0 ECTS-Credits: three modules of Compulsory Module 2 to Compulsory Module 16
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Fourth Semester »

25.0 ECTS-Credits: three modules of Compulsory Module 2 to Compulsory Module 16
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Fifth Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: one module of Compulsory Module 2 to Compulsory Module 16
12.5 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor's Thesis
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Sixth Semester »

30.0 ECTS-Credits: three modules of Compulsory Module 2 to Compulsory Module 16

Graphic chart »

Studienverlauf_BA Kunstgeschichte_Stand 01.10.2015_en

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Bachelor’s Programme Art History conveys skills in examining art development (of all epochs and genres, including their historical environments, evolutionary conditions, functions etc.) and diverse art history methodology (history and theory of art studies) as well as art historical practice.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess scientifically well-founded theoretical and methodical problem-solving skills in art development and art history. They are able to elaborate, evaluate and implement complex issues professionally and to apply them in interdisciplinary contexts.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The bachelor’s programme qualifies for occupational activities in the fields of art and culture (e.g. museums, exhibitions, monument preservation), the educational sector, media as well as politics and economy (e.g. tourism, cultural management).

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck


As part of the Bachelor’s Programme, a Minor of 30 ECTS-Credits can be completed.

More information and a list of possible Minors can be found at:

Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.


Austrian grading
Outstanding performance

= 100%
Generally good, but with some errors
Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
Performance meets the minimum criteria
Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Lukas Madersbacher

Dean of Studies
Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Brigitte Truschnegg 

Information for students with disabilities 

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