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 & Landscape in Groningen is unique because it combines the study of the visual arts, urbanism, architectural history and the history of landscapes, and examines the relationships between artwork, city and landscape. Our bachelor program offers a combination of historical, theoretical, and practice-based courses in which our international faculty collaborates with experts in the field. You are introduced to the professional field from the beginning. Art historians study artworks on-site. You will therefore go on excursions to Florence in your first year and to a large European metropolis like Berlin, London, or Vienna in your third year. The Department also organizes many excursions in the Netherlands.
After your Bachelor degree you can continue your studies in the Master program Arts and Culture. You can choose between the following tracks:
Art speaks all languages. Since the academic year 2017-2018 our department offers all courses in English. English will therefore be our official language.
A lot of excursions during the first year
I became interested in art history because I was curious about the stories behind works of art. In the first year you learn about artistic movements, artists and their cultural context. The lecturers specialise in a wide range of subject areas. Because it is a small-scale degree programme, you are in close contact with the lecturers and other students. There are a lot of excursions during the first year and it’s great to see in real life what you learned about in class! I recommend joining Meander, the study association, which organizes lectures, excursions and get-togethers all year round. Groningen is a fantastic place to live and study.
I am particularly fascinated by the broad links between art, culture and politics.
I came to Art History through studying Italian. I found Italian art and culture so interesting that I decided to study these as well. I am particularly fascinated by the broad links between art, culture and politics. The link between Picasso and Apollinaire, for example, but also the importance of art for society, and the political message in art.
I was the chair of Meander, the Art History study association and am now headings its advisory board. This enables me to gain administrative experience and extend my network, but above all it is very instructive and enjoyable. Meander adds to the degree programme by organizing excursions and career days, and also parties and get-togethers.
Because I think it’s important to be actively involved in the degree programme I am a student member of the Degree Programme Committee. It is also useful to learn more about how the University operates.
I like to spend my free time with friends – going out for a meal, going to festivals and concerts. Luckily there is enough time to do this alongside studying and working for Meander.
The study Art History is not a dry or tough study, but rather incredibly varied and challenging, with many different subjects and collaborations
Hello! My name is Jade and I am 20 years old.
I am currently in my third year of the Bachelor Art History. I love
having fun, I like to meet up with my friends and I like to have a
I grew up with art. I have smelled the smell of paint from an early age on in my parental home and in my mother's studio. Our dining table was covered with paint stains and brushes were scattered around our house. As a result, I became acquainted with museums and artworks at a very young age. This sparked my interest in art (history).
Art History was however not really my original study choice. After a few open days, I was sure that I did not want to study Art History, but after studying Philosophy for two weeks, I quickly longed for the arts. I then switched as quickly as possible. Art History turned out not to be a dry or tough study, but rather incredibly varied and challenging, with many different subjects and collaborations, for instance with the Minerva Academy of Fine Arts or the Arts, Culture and Media program. In addition, it is a small, personal study with many creative and interesting people, which leads to great collaborations and results.
Are you at secondary school and want to know what studying at university is like? The Art History programme is offering a web class! This online course from the University of Groningen is specially designed for secondary school students.
Are you interested? Please register here.