6 semesters
Aug Oct
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Local students
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

Art history explores European and European-influenced art from late antiquity to the present. The boundaries of its central research areas have increasingly dissolved in the course of modernity and extended to include all areas of visual culture, so that photography, film, design, the performing arts, new media, etc. are now also integrated in the subject. The area is also supplemented by art literature and theory. As European art is not only regionally linked, but also influences non-European art trends and takes on non-European influences, the subject is internationally oriented.

Graduates from this degree programme frequently work

  • in museum and exhibition management
  • in the field of heritage protection and urban planning
  • in the art trade and in art societies
  • in media companies and the publishing industry
  • in adult education and tourism

Entry Requirements

Higher education entrance qualification (undergraduate degree programmes)

  • Your higher education entrance qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung, HZB) is your school leaving certificate or proof of studies already completed at secondary education level. To qualify for admission to Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), you must be able to prove you possess the equivalent of the German Abitur qualification, which is the examination taken at the end of your secondary education.

Application without higher education entrance qualification

  • If you don't have proof of a higher education entrance qualification, you will not be able to apply directly to the university. First, you will need to take an assessment test, called the "Feststellungsprüfung". You can prepare for this test by taking classes at a Studienkolleg (these are government-run educational institutions located throughout Germany), or special preparatory school.

The language of instruction at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) is German, and only a few degree courses are taught in English. The English-taught programmes have individual application procedures. A high level of German language skills is required to successfully complete a regular degree course at RUB; language skills can be proven by presenting a certificate gained for passing one of the following examinations:

  • DSH examination (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) (level 2 or 3)
  • ZOP examination (Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung) of the Goethe-Institut
  • German language diploma, level II, of the Goethe-Institut
  • TestDaF (Deutsch als Fremdsprache) with the grades 4 x 4 or 16 points (website in German only)

Applicants who do not possess sufficient language skills may apply to take fee-based German language courses at RUB beginning at Level A2.