BA Art History

University of Groningen
36 months
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

BA Art History

The Art History program in Groningen is unique because it combines visual art, urban design and architectural history and landscape history and studies the relationships between artwork, city and landscape.Our bachelor offers a combination of historical, theoretical and practice-oriented courses, where our international teaching team works closely with experts in the field.This way you get acquainted with the professional field from the start.Art historians study art on the spot, so you go on an excursion to a major European art metropolis and there are also many small excursions in the Netherlands.

After the bachelor you can follow the master's program in Arts and Cultural Sciences.You then specialize in your area of expertise.You can choose from the following master tracks:

  • art history
  • Conservator course Art History
  • History of Architecture and Town Planning
  • Landscape history
  • Arts, Media and Literary studies (Research Master)

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Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

VWO Nature Technology - If you have passed the VWO (pre-university education) exam in English, you satisfy the language requirement.

VWO Nature health - If you have passed the VWO (pre-university education) exam in English, you satisfy the language requirement.

VWO Economics and society - If you have passed the VWO (pre-university education) exam in English, you satisfy the language requirement.

VWO Culture - If you have passed the VWO (pre-university education) exam in English, you satisfy the language requirement.

VWO HBO propaedeutic year - Language requirement English: Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180

International diploma

Preliminary education -Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an International Baccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or another diploma that is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university. Students with a Dutch 'hbo propedeuse' diploma also need to meet the language requirements mentioned below.

Other admission requirements -English language requirement: Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

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Program content

1st year

  • Beyond Antiquity: Architecture 400-1400
  • Beyond Antiquity: Visual Arts 400-1400
  • Seeing and Knowing: Visual Analysis & Iconography
  • Paint to Pixel: Artist's Materials & Techniques Through the Ages
  • Towards Modernity: Architecture & Landscapes 1400-1800
  • Towards Modernity: Visual Arts 1400-1800
  • European Cultural Metropole Excursion
  • Reality Contested: Visual Arts 1800-1914
  • Style & Modernity: Architecture & Urbanism 1800-1914
  • Blurring Boundaries: Architecture & Urbanism 1914-now
  • Blurring Boundaries: Visual Arts 1914-now
  • Reading Cultural Landscapes: Past and Present

2nd year

  • Architecture, City & Freedom
  • Medieval Landscapes & Architecture
  • Renaissance Art: Individual/Institution
  • Art Now
  • Designed Landscapes 1800-present
  • Perspectives in Art Theory
  • Art & Science
  • European Country House Landscapes
  • Global Dutch Art
  • Architecture, Nature & Enlightenment
  • Art & Environment
  • Art & Institutions

3rd year

  • Minor
  • Excursion abroad: Art & Architecture/Landscape
  • From Theory to Practice
  • BA Thesis
  • Practice Lab: Architecture/Art/Landscape

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fees for EU/EEA Students: € 2,209 per year
  • Tuition fees for Non-EU/EEA Students: € 10,189 per year


Credits: 180 ECTS

BA in Art History

Continuing studies

Art and architecture are of great importance to society.Depending on your specialization, master's degree and personal interests, there are many options.Graduated art, architecture and landscape historians work in a variety of professions.

After completing your Art History study, you will be an art historian, architectural historian or landscape historian, depending on your specialization.The word 'specialisation' is relative: with your bachelor's degree you have completed a versatile education, with a great deal of knowledge of works of art, architecture, urban planning, their makers and designers, their clients, their field of work, practice and the public.The jobs and activities are very different.Graduates have traditionally worked in museums, taking care of the collections, creating exhibitions, creating educational programs.Either they work in the media, for art programs, art criticism or they work at a publishing house.Municipal, provincial or government departments also have places where art or architectural historians work, in policy or executive positions,for example in the conservation of monuments.In recent years, much attention has been paid to cultural-historical heritage and its social significance (cultural tourism).People are needed there who can present art, monuments and historical landscape - or combinations thereof - in an appealing way in all kinds of productions or presentations.

Career paths

  • Curator
  • Exhibition maker
  • restorer
  • Journalist
  • Lecturer
  • (Policy) Advisor

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University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 and it ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We are a research-intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor, master...

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Study at one of the world’s leading universities. Learn from the best and take advantage of exciting research opportunities. Live in a vibrant city where over a quarter of the population are students. Whatever you’re seeking from your university experience, you’ll find it in Groningen. With over 45 world-class Bachelor’s programmes and 160 highly-ranked Master’s programmes, we have a field of study for you.

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As a student, you will be actively involved in research at one of Europe’s top research institutions from the get-go. The University of Groningen carries out ground-breaking and socially-relevant research that builds bridges between disciplines and closes the gap between science and society.

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The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands and has built a reputation for excellence. Many talented people have passed through the university during its rich 400-year history, including Nobel Prize winners like Ben Feringa (Chemistry, 2016) and Frits Zernike (Physics, 1953). Some have been pioneers in their respective fields, such as the first female University student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.

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While its history can be traced back to 300 BC, today Groningen is a vibrant student city with the youngest population in the Netherlands – one in four people here is a student! That means there’s always something to do, with various art and music festivals, theatres, cinemas and performance venues catering to all tastes, whether you prefer to watch or want to join in. In Groningen, you’ll see students everywhere: studying in the pretty Noorderplantsoen park, working various part-time jobs and partying the night away.

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The University of Groningen attracts a large international community! Our Erasmus Student Network (ESN) conveniently facilitates all international students in Groningen and organizes over 150 activities a year. The University of Groningen has strong international connections which means that you can easily spend part of your degree studying abroad. The University also offers several unique international Master’s degree programmes in cooperation with other large European universities.

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Broerstraat 5
9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands

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