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MA Art Studies

Offering an equal balance of research and practical aspects, this Master’s program combines a broadening of art history expertise with a TU-specific profile which concentrates on the cultural, material and technological prerequisites of artistic production as much as it does on the institutions of art in an international context. Further key areas of teaching and research include the art history of East Central Europe, the history of science and the architecture of post-war modernism.

“Art Technology” or “Museum Studies”?

This is the only program of its kind in Germany to offer the possibility of specialization: The specialization “Art Technology” focuses on the technical and material constraints of architecture and the visual arts, investigating their influence on the shaping of historical and modern living environments. Against the backdrop of diverse current threats to cultural heritage, it introduces students to the problems surrounding conservation, restoration, and the preservation of monuments, enhancing their awareness of the ethical principles of these practices and their history.

The specialization “Museum Studies” is offered in cooperation with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Unlike conventional museological training, the focus here is on subject-specific questions. On the one hand it involves the theoretical analysis of the museum as an institution, its functions and its history, and on the other the practicalities of core museum and curatorial tasks such as collecting, preserving and presenting surviving material cultural heritage.

Interdisciplinary, research-oriented and hands-on

With its focus on art technology and museums, the study program benefits particularly from the TU’s own profile and from the Institute’s international and local network. It integrates courses from the fields of Historical Urban Studies, Architecture, Preservation of Monuments and the competence of non-university experts (restorers etc.) as well as institutions (museums, in particular the Berlin State Museums). In project seminars, students are introduced to scientific practice – through participation in edition or exhibition projects, or by attending conferences or getting involved in social media projects. Object-centered teaching plays an important role: Field trips are an essential component of the teaching program, with many seminars being held on site.

A qualification that considers the job market

The “Art Studies” Master’s program teaches students the ability to reflect scientifically and provides the practical competence for a range of professional fields related to art history. The acquisition of art historical expertise goes hand in hand with a methodological training  and with practical perspectives on the research, preservation and a broader understanding of European artistic and architectural heritage. Graduates are thus excellently prepared for conventional professional fields in the preservation of monuments, museum work, exhibitions, the art market, and at universities, art colleges, and research institutions.


If you hold a Bachelor’s degree in art history/art studies or a similar field, and wish to broaden your specialist knowledge of art history and continue your academic career based on the specializations we offer, then please apply!

For more information about admission requirements and the application process, please contact



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(030)-314-29999 or visit http://www.referat-1a.tu-berlin.de/



TU Berlin
Fakultät I - Institut für Kunstwissenschaft und Historische Urbanistik

FG Kunstgeschichte, Sekretariat A 56
Straße des 17. Juni 150/152
10623 Berlin

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