History of Art and Architecture (Bachelor)

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Students of the bachelor's programme in History of Art and Architecture acquire basic historical knowledge and interpretative competences in the discipline of history of art and architecture. They learn about the classical art forms (architecture, painting, graphics, sculpture, applied arts), as well as about new visual media and intermedial forms of art. In the course of their studies, students obtain a comprehensive overview of the history of art from late antiquity to the present, including Byzantine and non-European history of art. It is a requirement that students are able to express themselves very well, both orally and in writing.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 635

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including 60 ECTS credits of extension curricula)

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study programme

The bachelor's programme in History of Art and Architecture consists of an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP) and a group of modules on different epochs (Middle Ages, Renaissance period, Baroque period, as well as the modern and contemporary period), covering the basics of the discipline. The advanced courses (compulsory modules focusing on case studies, special topics and advanced studies) allow students to specialise in a range of subdisciplines. To successfully complete the bachelor’s programme, students have to write two bachelor's theses.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Renaissance
  • Iconography
  • Art theory
  • Stellar vault
  • Portal sculpture

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates can pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • universities and research institutions
  • museums, galleries, art criticism, art trade
  • monument preservation
  • publishing and communication of art
  • exhibition and cultural management. 

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates