Art, Architecture & Landscape 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.

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Honours College

Since 2010 the University of Groningen offers an Honours programme besides the regular bachelor for ambitious, hardworking and talented students. This programme consists of 45 ECTS spread over three years and is divided into various modules. You will get to follow broadening as well as deepening modules and the Petrus Camper Track. The deepening modules will be organised by your own faculty and the broadening ones by other faculties. In this way, you can widen your horizons and get acquainted with the scientific methods of other faculties. The Honours College has a strict selection procedure that starts after the first period in year 1. Good grades are required to be taken into account for selection, but a motivatedattitude is essential. After the selection procedure, the programme starts slowly in year 1. The focal point concerning ECTS clearly lies in the second year, with a Summer school to finish off.

During such a Summer school, you will go on an excursion in or outside Europe with students from different faculties. This is a great experience! In year 3 you will participate in an atelier wherein you will continue the research started during your Summer school and follow a lecturer in his or her research. By participating in the Honours College, you meet a lot of new people and get to see the academic wheel in the works at other faculties. Plus, you get to follow interesting courses that you would not get to follow otherwise. These courses are ‘designed’ especially for Honours students. You get personal guidance from professionals in their field of expertise. Beside the programme, there is the Honours College Social Association (HCSA), which strengthens community building between students and organises interesting trips and get-togethers so the students can get to know each other in an informal setting. With your career in mind, the Honours College looks great on your CV.