Master's in Art History: Curatorial Studies, Museology, and Provenance Research

Program in Curatorial Studies, Museology, and Provenance Research

The Monomaster study program "Art History with Curatorial Studies, Museology, and Provenance Research" is unique in Switzerland and offers students the opportunity to combine the classic Master's program in Art History with the two practical application areas "Provenance Research" and “Curatorial Studies”. In addition to providing students with the fundamental tools of art history, the study program thereby also offers students the chance to gain core competencies in museology and provenance research for future careers in museums, galleries, and private or public collections. Alongside the traditional domains of museum work – collecting, research, exhibition, mediation, public relations, management –, students will further be introduced to the basic tenets and methodologies of provenance research. This training will partner students with researchers from the fields of art history, archaeology, social anthropology, history, and legal studies.

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Basic information
Degree: Master of Arts in Art History with special qualification in Curatorial Studies, Museology, and Provenance Research, Universität Bern 
Number of credits: 120 ECTS credits
Degree programs:

Mono 120 ECTS

Offer for other degree programs

  • Minor Provencance Research 30 ECTS credits
Duration: 4 semesters
Language: German
Beginning of studies: Fall or spring semester

General Information

Whether master's students can take the courses for credit in the elective area of their master's programs, will be displayed in KSL. Double crediting of the courses is not possible.
 

Master's in Art History: Curatorial Studies, Museology, and Provenance Research“

Vertiefungsmodul SB1-5
Schwerpunktmodul SB1-5

The modules can be chosen from two different departments of the IAH (ÄK, KN, AD, MG, TK).

The supervision of the master`s thesis takes place at the Institute of Art History.

 

The MA program in art history is divided into two phases:

1) 7-9 semesters of seminars, lectures, and excursions and
2) a final phase during which the MA thesis is written and exams taken, generally in the 10th semester.

The practical sections of the mono-master program in Curatorial Studies and Provenance Research includes practice-oriented requirements in order to familiarize students with the practice of specific profession(s).

The MA program “Art History with special qualification in Curatorial Studies, Museology, and Provenance Research” is completed with an MA thesis and an oral exam that includes a 45 minute section demonstrating general competence in the field of art history as well as a 15 minute section in the student’s designated practical field.

Project work is mainly overseen by visiting lecturers with expertise in the fields of curatorial and museum studies, as well as provenance research, including curators, conservators, art mediators, or gallery owners. Studies in provenance research are led by the Institute of Art History together with the Center for Global Studies. The monomaster program also offers courses that take place in cooperation with international as well as national and local institutions.

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualifications are required for admission to the master’s degree program in Art History: Curatorial Studies, Museology, and Provenance Research (mono):

a)

Bachelor`s degree from a Swiss university with at least 105 ECTS credits in the branch of studies of Art history.

b)

Bachelor's degree from a Swiss university in a different branch of studies with at least 60 ECTS credits in in the branch of Art History, provided that the master's degree can be successfully completed with an additional maximum of 60 ECTS credits or

c)

Bachelor's degree from a recognized foreign university with equivalent qualifications, provided that the necessary requirements for the successful completion of the Master's programme can be met by earning a maximum of 60 ECTS credits.

If the bachelor's degree was earned more than ten years ago, additional credits may be required. Additional attainments can be either admission requirements which must be fulfilled in order to complete the master's degree program or admission requirements which must be fulfilled before admission to the master's degree program. The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments.

Swiss bachelor's degrees/programs

from the University of Bern

that allow admission to the desired master's degree program without any assessment:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History, 120 ECTS
  • Bachelor Minor Kunstgeschichte, 60 ECTS

from other Universities

Language requirements

a) three modern foreign languages or
b) Latin plus two modern foreign languages

Evidence of language proficiency must be presented before the master's degree program can be completed. These language skills are acquired as part of extracurricular studies during the master's degree program. The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments.

Current UniBE students

Apply for a change to the M A in Art History with special qualification in Curatorial Studies and Museology, Universität Bern by self-service as part of the re-registration for the next semester.
Renewal of semester registration → Self-service
Recognition of academic achievements
Procedure and timing of the renewal of semester registration
   

Application with a Swiss degree

Online application
Assessment
Steps from application to registration
 

Application with an international degree

Online application
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For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.