Master's Programme Art Science

Faculty Faculty of Philosophy and History
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree Master of Arts (MA)
Qualification Level Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0213 Fine Arts
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code UC 066 835
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2009W)*
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* 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)


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme.

The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

In the course of the proof of the general university entrance qualification, the completion of the following core areas within the framework of the completed bachelor's degree programme shall be examined in any case:

  • 15 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Art History from the Late Antiquity to the Late Middle Ages
  • 15 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Art History from Renaissance to the Classicism
  • 15 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Art History from 19th Century to the Present
  • 10 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Art Theory and Methodology of Art History
  • 10 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Practical Applications (Art Techniqes, Preservation of Monuments, Museology, Art Market)

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 4 semesters or 120 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 »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Historical Development of Art I
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Historical Development of Art II
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Methodology of Art History

Second Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Generic History and Function of Art I
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Generic History and Function of Art II
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Art and Application

Third Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Excursion: History and Theory of Art
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Individual Choice of Specialisation

Fourth Semester »

27.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis Defence

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Coursesequence Master's Programme Music Studies

Qualification Profile and Skills

The skills provided in the bachelor's programme are consolidated and deepened in the Master's Programme Art Sciences by in-depth knowledge in the development of art (in all eras and genres, including their historical environment, the circumstances of origin, functions etc.) on the one hand and diverse methodology of art history (history and theory of art science) as well as history of art in practice on the other hand.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialised knowledge in the field of art science and its theory science and practical aspects. They are able to demonstrate solutions to problems, innovative approaches and critical reflection in terms of scientific issues and their application with regard to the awareness of the development of the individual in the social context.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The master's programme is a qualification for occupational fields in science (universities, research institutions etc.) and in application-oriented areas (museums, expositions, preservation of historical monuments etc.), art and culture, education, the media sector as well as politics and business.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

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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