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The award
BA

How long you will study
36 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 8300

All study options

About Art History at University of Groningen

Are you fascinated by art, architecture and cultural landscapes, modern, and old? Are you curious about the meaning, history, and impact of art? Then Art History is your program.

The Department of History of Art, Architecture & Landscapein Groningen is unique because it combines the study of the visualarts, urbanism, architectural history and the history oflandscapes, and examines the relationships between artwork, cityand landscape. Our bachelor program offers a combination ofhistorical, theoretical, and practice-based courses in which ourinternational faculty collaborates with experts in the field. Youare introduced to the professional field from the beginning. Arthistorians study artworks on-site. You will therefore go onexcursions to Florence in your first year and to a large Europeanmetropolis like Berlin, London, or Vienna in your third year. TheDepartment also organizes many excursions in the Netherlands.

After your Bachelor degree you can continue your studies in theMaster program Arts and Culture. You can choose between the following tracks:

Art speaks all languages. Beginning in the academic year2017-2018 our department will offer all courses in English. Englishwill therefore be our official language.

Are you fascinated by art, architecture and cultural landscapes, modern, and old? Are you curious about the meaning, history, and impact of art? Then Art History is your program.

The Department of History of Art, Architecture & Landscapein Groningen is unique because it combines the study of the visualarts, urbanism, architectural history and the history oflandscapes, and examines the relationships between artwork, cityand landscape. Our bachelor program offers a combination ofhistorical, theoretical, and practice-based courses in which ourinternational faculty collaborates with experts in the field. Youare introduced to the professional field from the beginning. Arthistorians study artworks on-site. You will therefore go onexcursions to Florence in your first year and to a large Europeanmetropolis like Berlin, London, or Vienna in your third year. TheDepartment also organizes many excursions in the Netherlands.

After your Bachelor degree you can continue your studies in theMaster program Arts and Culture. You can choose between the following tracks:

Art speaks all languages. Beginning in the academic year2017-2018 our department will offer all courses in English. Englishwill therefore be our official language.

After your studies

Job prospects

Art and Architecture are of great importance to society. Thereare many career opportunities, depending on your specialization,master degree and personal interests. Our Department's graduatespursue a wide variety of jobs and professions.

As a graduate of our Department you are either specialized as anart historian, an architectural historian, or a historian oflandscape. The term 'specialization' is relative: you havecompleted a versatile program and you have acquired in-depthknowledge of works of art and architecture and their makers anddesigners, their patrons and historical context, and their functionand audience. Art History graduates work in museums, they curatecollections and exhibitions, and they design educational programs.They work in television and radio, for newspapers and magazines, asart critics, and in the publishing industry. Historians of art andarchitecture also work for (local) government agencies, for examplefor cultural heritage management.

Art and Architecture are of great importance to society. Thereare many career opportunities, depending on your specialization,master degree and personal interests. Our Department's graduatespursue a wide variety of jobs and professions.

As a graduate of our Department you are either specialized as anart historian, an architectural historian, or a historian oflandscape. The term 'specialization' is relative: you havecompleted a versatile program and you have acquired in-depthknowledge of works of art and architecture and their makers anddesigners, their patrons and historical context, and their functionand audience. Art History graduates work in museums, they curatecollections and exhibitions, and they design educational programs.They work in television and radio, for newspapers and magazines, asart critics, and in the publishing industry. Historians of art andarchitecture also work for (local) government agencies, for examplefor cultural heritage management.

Job examples

  • Curator
  • Exhibition organizer/designer
  • Restorer
  • Journalist
  • Professor
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study36 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 8300

Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

Non-EU/EEA

€ 8300 per year

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • CM
  • EM
  • NG
  • NT
  • HBO-p

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on allitems), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). LanguageCentre English Test (LCET) B2 on all items (preferably C1).

previous education

Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an InternationalBaccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or another diplomathat is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university. Studentswith a Dutch 'hbo-propedeuse' diploma also need to meet thelanguage requirements mentioned above.

Choice of degree programme check

The degree programme will organize a matching procedure. Attendance is compulsory. The advice is not binding.

Explanatory notes

You know if you have made the right choice when you participatein the obligatory (for Dutch students) matching day organized bythe Art History Department. You are offered a variety of activitiesduring that day, including a lecture course and a practice exam.You can gauge your fitness for our program after you receivefeedback on your exam and have a conversation with a senior studentor a professor. Read more about the matching activities of ourDepartment here: www.rug.nl/matching

You know if you have made the right choice when you participatein the obligatory (for Dutch students) matching day organized bythe Art History Department. You are offered a variety of activitiesduring that day, including a lecture course and a practice exam.You can gauge your fitness for our program after you receivefeedback on your exam and have a conversation with a senior studentor a professor. Read more about the matching activities of ourDepartment here: www.rug.nl/matching

Hoe een matchingsprogramma er precies uit ziet, verschilt peropleiding. Na de activiteit krijg je een advies waarin staat of jepast bij de studie. Aanmelden op uiterlijk 1 mei en deelnemen aande matchingsactiviteit is verplicht.

Heb je vragen over matching? Kijk dan op www.rug.nl/matching

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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