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Art Mediation and Cultural Management
Master of Arts

Short description

Short description

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.

Entry/Admission requirements

The admission requirement for the two-year study program Art Education and Cultural Management with the degree "Master of Arts" at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf is the completion of a relevant study program with a standard period of study of at least 6 semesters, which has been successfully completed with a "Bachelor of Arts" or "Bachelor of Science" or a comparable professional qualification with a degree of at least good (2.2).

(1) A Bachelor's degree in economics is relevant if sufficient knowledge of business administration [usually at least 60 ECTS credits], in-depth knowledge of economic theory and economic policy [usually at least 12 ECTS credits] and basic knowledge of statistics [usually at least 6 ECTS credits] have been acquired.

(2) A Bachelor of Arts is relevant to art majors if knowledge in the field of art history has been acquired that is at least equivalent in scope and content to the corresponding BA supplemental major at HHU. To this end, the following requirements must be met:

  • a. A bachelor's degree in art history is subject-relevant if sufficient knowledge in the field of medieval art history (usually at least 20 CP) has been acquired.
  • b. Knowledge of modern art history (usually at least 20 CP) and modern art history/contemporary art history (usually at least 20 CP) can be demonstrated.
  • c. The total amount of art history studies must be at least 60 ECTS credits. If these 60 points have not been achieved in the completed Bachelor's program, it is possible to make up a maximum of 14 ECTS credit points within the framework of requirements.

(3) An interdisciplinary Bachelor's degree is relevant to the discipline if knowledge has been acquired in both arts and cultural studies and business administration that meets at least the following requirements in scope and content:

  • a. Basic knowledge of business administration to the extent of at least 30 ECTS credits.
  • b. Basic knowledge of art and cultural studies to the extent of at least 30 ECTS credits.
  • c. At least in two final examinations proven knowledge in the field of medieval and modern art history (a total of 20 ECTS credits) as well as in the field of middle, recent or latest art history (a total of 20 ECTS credits), comparable to the basic modules in the methods and forms of the bachelor's program in art history at HHU.

The scope of the study content to be made up in the field of art history amounts to a maximum of 14 ECTS points.

Whether the requirements for admission to the Master's program are met is checked in an assessment of aptitude. Requests for a change of subject are also checked in the aptitude test for each winter semester; a change of subject at any other time is therefore not possible. The use of the application portal is also necessary for subject changes in order to be able to check the prerequisites for admission.

Programme content

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.

Programme start:
Winter semester
Programme duration:
4 semesters
Language of instruction:
German (partially: English)
Application procedure:
Admission-free with aptitude assessment in the application portal
Closing date for applications:
02/05 - 31/07
Closing date for enrolment:
16/07/2024 - 04/10/2024
Closing date for re-registration:
15/01/2024 - 15/02/2024
Relevant documents:

Examination regulations

Module guide

Both available in German only.

Study programme contact:

Department of Art History


Phone: +49 211 81-14645


Study programme/Department
SSC contact:

Student Services Center (SSC)
Building: 21.02 / SSC
Phone +49 211 81‐12345


For questions regarding the course of studies and for examination issues:

Student and Examination Administration
Contact Examination Administration

Student Services Center (SSC)

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