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M.A. Art History and Film Studies

The two-year master's program in Art Sciences and Film Studies aims at the formation of knowledge, reflectivity and competencies for an activity in the field of art and film studies, as well as a qualification for relevant fields of work in scientific and cultural institutions of the arts and film. The combination of the two disciplines of Art Sciences and Film Studies opens up mutually complementary perspectives on the subjects of visual art, film and (audio) visual culture. The central feature of the study program lies in the combination of academic qualification and application-oriented research and project work in cooperation with archives, collections and cultural institutions.

The subject of the course is a systematic elaboration of theoretical, aesthetic, historical and practical knowledge in the complex cultural and social contexts of art, film and society. The basis is the analysis of the specific qualities of the objects of the visual arts, the film, the (audio) visual culture and the architecture, as well as processes of their production and reception. The examination of works, their aesthetics and their production contexts includes forms and dispositives of their participation in social discourse formation and social action cultures. In the Masters course beginning in winter semester 2018/19, the following majors will be offered in the core areas:


Specialization Art Science

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The examination of discourses and practices of the aesthetic is exemplified by analyzes of contemporary and historical productions and receptions of images, materials and spaces. Representations and mediation of artist's art, orders of exhibitors and patterns of art historiography form thematic emphases (among others positions on the relationship of space, body and dress or on the city and art spaces of the present, modernity and history with a working week in Venice and at the Biennale).

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Specialization Film Studies

Communities and Cinema

The exploration of discourses and practices of the aesthetic is exemplarily elaborated on the basis of analyzes of current and historical constellations of communities and cinema. The focus is on old and new ways of living together. Since its inception, cinema has reflected life in communities: in addition to classic family constellations, their decay and rebirth, there are also family living communities and queer ways of life. Communities are also syndicates that produce films and cinema - combining film and life as a common practice. Film and cinema are at the same time experimental field, place of reflection and heterotopia (spaces of the Other), which lead out of the narrowness of given families and found new communities. (With a working week during the International Bremen Film Symposium 2019).

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Goals of the study

  • Acquisition of knowledge, reflectivity and competences in the field of aesthetics, theory and history of fine arts, film and (audio) visual culture;
  • Qualification for scientific research in the fields of art and film studies, career path promotion;
  • Qualification for a professional work in a wide range of cultural institutions Collections and archives in which art or film studies work;
  • Acquisition of key qualifications in research practice and project work, rhetoric, design and moderation skills.
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Structure of the degree program

The study comprises 10 modules. These include 5 core modules (A) from the field of art and film science on theoretical, historical and methodological foundations, systematic and exemplary specializations, research formats and the master's thesis, 1 module from supplementary area (B) to archives, collections and exhibitions, 2 modules the field of practice (C), as well as 2 integration modules (D) on cultural and mediation theory and an accompanying self-study. The core modules systematically develop and deepen the special basics of art science and film studies and enable independent, theory-led research work. The supplementary and practical area offers space for individual emphasis of study at the interfaces of theoretical and practical fields. 

The integration modules systematically open up the contexts of cultural and mediation theory, and accompany individual focuses of the study. In the course of the study, the students become familiar with the fields of art science, film studies and project work. The modular structure of the courses offered and the structure into core, integration, practice and supplementary areas facilitate orientation and support the ability to study.

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Application and registration

The application modalities are regulated by the admission regulations. In addition to the school and university degree certificates, the application documents include a "Letter of Motivation" in which you are asked to explain on max. 2 pages why you want to study this Master's program, which prerequisites you need, what you would like to improve on, and which career prospects you might envisage. Applicants who are still in the final phase of a relevant BA program must have at least 150 credit points to establish the average grade.


Prof. Dr. Irene Nierhaus
GW2 B3945
Phone: +49 (0)421 218-67710
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Prof. Dr. Winfried Pauleit
GW2 B3930
Phone: +49 (0)421 218-67720
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PD Dr. Viktor Kittlausz
GW2 B3920
Phone: +49 (0)421 218-67743
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GW2 B3890

Sabine Melchert
Phone: +49 (0)421 218-67701
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Katharina Gossen
Phone: +49 (0)421 218-67700
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