Students of Art History learn how to critically approach and deal with art and art literature. The study programme offers an intensive introduction to art history throughout the ages. Attention is also given to the many aspects of art history, such as iconography, phenomena of imitation, inspiration and art in the Netherlands.
Excursions, both in the Netherlands and abroad (Paris, Florence, Berlin, New York), form a fixed part of the propaedeutic and Bachelor’s curriculum. Art History’s good working relationship with libraries, museums, archives and art academies offers ample opportunities for work placements and excursions.
Students with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History can take part in the Master’s programme Art History or the Master's in Stadsgeschiedenis (both taught in Dutch) at the UvA. They can also enrol in the two-year Master's programme Curating Art and Cultures, or compete for a spot in the Research Master’s programme Art and Performance Research Studies. In addition, a Bachelor’s degree in Art History also enables one to enrol in various Master’s programmes in the fields of media, culture, museums and heritage. Students wishing to specialise in the Golden Age may consider enrolling in the Master's programme Golden Age (Gouden Eeuw, taught in Dutch).