Art Mediation and Cultural Management
Master of Arts
With our masters programme, we offer a combination of teaching and research in the areas of art mediation and cultural management that is unique in Germany – in one of Germany’s strongest economic and richest cultural regions.
Our objective is to maintain a balance on the programme between academically proven teaching on the one hand and practice in the cultural sector on the other in order to prepare our graduates in the best possible way for complex and executive positions in the field of arts and culture and to allow them to carry on to a relevant doctoral programme.
Our programme is characterised by an interdisciplinary approach thanks to collaboration between the Department of Art History in the Faculty of Art and Humanities and the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics at Heinrich Heine University as well as by the dialogue-based exchange with the students and stakeholders in the cultural sector.
Students can only apply and register for the single-subject masters in “Art Mediation and Cultural Management” in the winter semester.
The prerequisite for acceptance onto the two-year Master of Arts in Art Mediation and Cultural Management at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf is the completion of a relevant degree programme with a regular course duration of at least 6 semesters completed with the title of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science or a comparable postgraduate title with a grade of at least 2.0 (good).
(1) A BA in business administration or economics is relevant if the student obtained sufficient knowledge of business administration theory [generally at least 60 ECTS points], more in-depth knowledge of macroeconomic theory and policy [generally at least 20 ECTS points] as well as a basic knowledge of statistical methodology [generally at least 10 ECTS points].
(2) A BA in arts is relevant if the student obtained knowledge in the field of art history that corresponds in terms of scope and content at least to the corresponding BA programme for the complementary subject at HHU. The following requirements must be met for this purpose:
a. Knowledge in the field of medieval and modern art history as demonstrated in at least two final exams (total of 20-30 ECTS), comparable with the basic modules in methodology and form on the Art History programme at HHU.
b. Knowledge in the field of medieval, modern or contemporary art history as demonstrated in at least two final exams (total of 20-30 ECTS), comparable with the basic and advanced modules on the Art History programme at HHU.
c. The overall scope of the art history programme must be at least 54 ECTS. The scope of programme content to be caught up must not exceed 18 ECTS.
(3) A BA with an interdisciplinary gearing is relevant if the student acquired knowledge in the fields of arts and culture and in business administration theory that meet at least the following requirements in terms of scope and content:
a. Basic knowledge of business administration theory with a scope of at least 54 ECTS.
b. Basic knowledge of arts and culture with a scope of at least 54 ECTS.
c. Knowledge in the field of medieval and modern art history as demonstrated in at least two final exams (total of 20-30 ECTS) as well as in the field of medieval, modern or contemporary art history as demonstrated in at least two final exams (total of 20-30 ECTS), comparable with the basic modules in methodology and form on the Art History bachelors programme at HHU.
The scope of art history programme content to be caught up must not exceed 18 ECTS.
The interdisciplinary masters programme teaches students skills in the different areas of art mediation and cultural management. In addition to a systematic knowledge of the fundamentals of art history and business administration theory, students acquire an extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of an entrepreneurial approach and learn and test arts concepts of mediation in museums and art dealing. The main pillars of the programme are the cross-faculty approach to the course offering and the strategic collaboration with a large number of cooperation partners outside of the university from the diverse field of arts and culture in the Rhine and Ruhr regions. Alongside a core group of full-time lecturers, the masters programme also features alternating high-profile assistant lecturers from the national and international arts and culture scene. In addition to the varied teaching offering at the university, regular public presentations, conferences and discussions are held that relate to and expand on the content of the programme.
The programme serves primarily to give students academic and practical skills in university research and in the field of arts and culture. The course teaches subject-specific knowledge as well as postgraduate-level fundamental knowledge of business administration theory, personnel management, cultural marketing and art law as well as of art history, curating, exhibition management, art mediation and art dealing.
Programme objectives/Career prospects
The objectives of the Master of Arts in Art Mediation and Cultural Management are as follows:
• to explore academic and practical discourses of art mediation and cultural management and to connect these in a considered manner,
• to analyse economic, legal and cultural policy framework conditions and to integrate these productively in concepts,
• to develop targeted knowledge and decision-making capabilities in the fields of museology, art dealing and art mediation,
• to promote practice-based learning and research by means of external internships, team projects and field trips,
• to encourage the independent setting of focus areas and academic specialisation,
• to train and promote individual interests by means of diverse interdisciplinary references.
The masters programme prepares graduates for complex and executive positions in the field of arts and culture and allows them to carry on to a relevant doctoral programme.
German (partially: English)
Admission-free with aptitude assessment in the application portal
16/07/2022 - 07/10/2022
01/07/2022 - 15/08/2022
Department of Art History
Phone: +49 211 81-14645Study programme/Department