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History of the Department

The subject of art history has a past spanning 150 years at the Technische Universität Berlin and its predecessor institutions – the Bauakademie and the Technische Hochschule Charlottenburg. It was set up to educate architects and engineers in the field of art history. In addition to the “Magister” program in art history, which is being phased out, today the Chair/department? for Art History offers two study programs. Firstly, its core subject “Art Studies” forms part of the interdisciplinary Bachelor’s program “Culture and Technology”, and secondly it offers the Master’s program “Art Studies and Art Technology”.

The interdisciplinary Bachelor’s program “Culture and Technology” provides subject-specific, methodological and social skills for understanding and shaping social responsibilities against the backdrop of varying cultural and technical, scientific world experiences. It thus contributes to the interdisciplinary nature of science and to social integration. In this program, the core subject “Art Studies” deals with works of art in the context of creativity, technology and the history of ideas, but also considering their historically changing cultural and mediating function.

The Master’s program “Art Studies and Art Technology” is tailored to the diverse professional field of the modern art historian. It introduces methods of and perspectives on the research, preservation and a broader understanding of European artistic and architectural heritage. By combining conventional tasks of the subject of Art History with new strategic objectives and issues, the program sees itself as an educational program that is anchored in intellectual and cultural history but at the same offers a strong focus on materials and practice. So in addition to basic methods for analyzing and interpreting works of art, great consideration is also given to the technological artistic requirements of the visual arts, architecture and interior design as well as the artistic design of historical and modern living environments (ranging from applied arts, design, urban architecture and landscape design, to the virtual spaces of new media).


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