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Art History

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. Beginning in the academic year 2017-2018 our department will offer all courses in English. English will 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 & 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. Beginning in the academic year 2017-2018 our department will offer all courses in English. English will therefore be our official language.

Are you fascinated by art, landscapes, or architecture? Do you want to know why art is important to society? Do you have good writing skills? Then Art History is just for you! It is important that you do not immediately label an artwork as beautiful or ugly, but rather are curious about art and its ideas and underlying messages/concepts.

Are you fascinated by art, landscapes, or architecture? Do you want to know why art is important to society? Do you have good writing skills? Then Art History is just for you! It is important that you do not immediately label an artwork as beautiful or ugly, but rather are curious about art and its ideas and underlying messages/concepts.

More about this programme
  • Programme movie

    I chose Groningen because of the broad range of subjects covered by the Art History programme: architecture, art and landscape are all there.

    – Programme movie
  • Testimonial of Thomas Slagter

    The greatest degree programme in the best city

    Art History at the UG is the greatest degree programme in the best city. It's not the first degree programme I've followed, but definitely the most intriguing, philosophical and interesting. At secondary school I took art history as an optional subject, and always enjoyed it enormously. It's funny to see how I can still recognize some things from 'before'.

    You’re taught to look further than what you see at first sight, and to think more deeply than the first things that occur to you when you look at a work of art or a building. What are their characteristics? Which period does it date to? What are we really seeing? Art makes you think and can thus be confrontational, but in a wonderful way. Students also have to get to know their city and student life. I did this by joining a student association and coming to live in the city. Believe me, art history + Groningen = the best time in your life!

    Close
    – Thomas Slagter
  • Testimonial of Alumnus van Het Jaar 2013

    Interview with Wim Pijbes

    – Alumnus van Het Jaar 2013
  • Testimonial of Isabel Heijne

    I can never visit enough museums and I always enjoy looking at art

    My name is Isabel and I am 20 years old. I come from Utrecht and after a year in the United States, I came to Groningen to study Art History. I really enjoy travelling and art. Alongside my studies, I am involved in board and committee work and the Honours College, and I'm a member of a student association. I also spend a lot of time with my friends from the programme, association and home.

    Why Art History?

    After a year following the most varied subjects possible at a liberal arts college in the United States, I discovered that I enjoyed art-related subjects the most, and I was best at them too. In addition, I can never visit enough museums and I always enjoy looking at art. The best thing about the programme is that you investigate a single topic in great depth, although there is also a lot of variation within that topic too. It is also great to see the things you are learning about all around you, particularly because the degree programme in Groningen is also about the history of architecture!

    Read more about Isabel and why she chose to study Art History in Groningen.

    Questions? Send Isabel an email. 

    Close
    – Isabel Heijne
  • Testimonial of Thomas Slagter

    The greatest degree programme in the best city

    Art History at the UG is the greatest degree programme in the best city. It's not the first degree programme I've followed, but definitely the most intriguing, philosophical and interesting. At secondary school I took art history as an optional subject, and always enjoyed it enormously. It's funny to see how I can still recognize some things from 'before'.

    You’re taught to look further than what you see at first sight, and to think more deeply than the first things that occur to you when you look at a work of art or a building. What are their characteristics? Which period does it date to? What are we really seeing? Art makes you think and can thus be confrontational, but in a wonderful way. Students also have to get to know their city and student life. I did this by joining a student association and coming to live in the city. Believe me, art history + Groningen = the best time in your life!

    Close
    – Thomas Slagter
  • Testimonial of Alumnus van Het Jaar 2013

    Interview with Wim Pijbes

    – Alumnus van Het Jaar 2013
  • Testimonial of Isabel Heijne

    I can never visit enough museums and I always enjoy looking at art

    My name is Isabel and I am 20 years old. I come from Utrecht and after a year in the United States, I came to Groningen to study Art History. I really enjoy travelling and art. Alongside my studies, I am involved in board and committee work and the Honours College, and I'm a member of a student association. I also spend a lot of time with my friends from the programme, association and home.

    Why Art History?

    After a year following the most varied subjects possible at a liberal arts college in the United States, I discovered that I enjoyed art-related subjects the most, and I was best at them too. In addition, I can never visit enough museums and I always enjoy looking at art. The best thing about the programme is that you investigate a single topic in great depth, although there is also a lot of variation within that topic too. It is also great to see the things you are learning about all around you, particularly because the degree programme in Groningen is also about the history of architecture!

    Read more about Isabel and why she chose to study Art History in Groningen.

    Questions? Send Isabel an email. 

    Close
    – Isabel Heijne
  • Testimonial of Belle de Rode

    – Belle de Rode
  • Testimonial of Thomas Slagter

    The greatest degree programme in the best city

    Art History at the UG is the greatest degree programme in the best city. It's not the first degree programme I've followed, but definitely the most intriguing, philosophical and interesting. At secondary school I took art history as an optional subject, and always enjoyed it enormously. It's funny to see how I can still recognize some things from 'before'.

    You’re taught to look further than what you see at first sight, and to think more deeply than the first things that occur to you when you look at a work of art or a building. What are their characteristics? Which period does it date to? What are we really seeing? Art makes you think and can thus be confrontational, but in a wonderful way. Students also have to get to know their city and student life. I did this by joining a student association and coming to live in the city. Believe me, art history + Groningen = the best time in your life!

    Close
    – Thomas Slagter
  • Testimonial of Alumnus van Het Jaar 2013

    Interview with Wim Pijbes

    – Alumnus van Het Jaar 2013
  • Testimonial of Isabel Heijne

    I can never visit enough museums and I always enjoy looking at art

    My name is Isabel and I am 20 years old. I come from Utrecht and after a year in the United States, I came to Groningen to study Art History. I really enjoy travelling and art. Alongside my studies, I am involved in board and committee work and the Honours College, and I'm a member of a student association. I also spend a lot of time with my friends from the programme, association and home.

    Why Art History?

    After a year following the most varied subjects possible at a liberal arts college in the United States, I discovered that I enjoyed art-related subjects the most, and I was best at them too. In addition, I can never visit enough museums and I always enjoy looking at art. The best thing about the programme is that you investigate a single topic in great depth, although there is also a lot of variation within that topic too. It is also great to see the things you are learning about all around you, particularly because the degree programme in Groningen is also about the history of architecture!

    Read more about Isabel and why she chose to study Art History in Groningen.

    Questions? Send Isabel an email. 

    Close
    – Isabel Heijne
Facts & Figures
Degree
BA in Art History
Croho code
56824
Course type
Bachelor
Language of instruction
English (100%)
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Start
September
Programme form
full-time
Faculty
Arts

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