Art History with Special Qualification in Cultural Heritage, M.A.

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  • 24 months
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The Master program in "Art History with Monument Preservation and Monument Management" at the Institute of Art History at the University of Bern incorporates the field of monument preservation as a part of art history.
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The objective here is to offer a course of study that is both theoretically essential and practice-oriented, and which can also lead to promising career opportunities in Switzerland. This program, whose form is unique, offers students the opportunity to combine the study of monument preservation in the "Monument Preservation and Monument Management" application area as a minor (30 credits) with a regular Art History major (90 credits) in the Master program. In this manner, monument preservation is not only addressed in its practical form, but also and especially within the context of its cultural and historical dimension and meaning.

Programme Structure

Study Content

Structural and artistic monuments are unique and irreplaceable historical objects. They are the material manifestations of craftsmanship and technical expertise from the past and are thus storehouses of information in the broadest sense of the word. They therefore hold great significance as objects that create identity on the regional, national and international level. Monument preservation is a public service function whose mission is to collect information on cultural heritage objects, assess and appraise them and ensure that they are handled and managed properly. Because activities here also include research into the history of such objects, their significance in the present and their preservation for the future, monument preservation also plays an important role in the design of the environments we live in, which means it involves a certain amount of social responsibility as well.

Program Structure

The program's lectures (3 credits) and courses (5 credits) are divided into two areas for basic knowledge and practice-oriented instruction.

Basic Knowledge

Lecture: Theory and History of Monument Preservation
Lecture: Monument Preservation in Switzerland
Course: Comparison of Monument Preservation Concepts and Policies in Europe

Practice-oriented instruction

Course: Methods of Monument Preservation, Monument Preservation Studies
Course: Monument Preservation Projects; Analyses and Restoration Critiques
Course: Monument Management, Tourism, Marketing, Use / Over-use

Students must also compete an internship lasting at least four weeks in a monument preservation organization/association (4 credits).


Course are taught by external experts with theoretical and practical experience in the areas of specialized monument preservation, monument preservation policy and monument preservation research at universities.

The current group of lecturers:

  • Director of Inventory Management, Cantonal Monument Management, Bern
  • Director General of the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg (SPSG)
  • Director of Cantonal Monument Management, Bern
  • Director of City Monument Management, Bern
  • Director of the Section for the Protection of Nature and Cultural Heritage, Federal Office of Culture, Bern
  • Grad. Arch. ETH, Cantonal Monument Management, Bern

Other employees from the Cantonal Monument Management department in Bern.

Conception and development

Institute of Art History at the University of Bern, Department of Architecture History and Monument Preservation – with specialist colleagues.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualifications are required for admission to the master’s degree program in Art History: Monument Preservation and Monument Management (mono):

a)Bachelor's degree from a university with a major or minor in Art History (120 and 60 ECTS credits, respectively)b)Bachelor's degree from a university with a major in a different branch of studies, provided that the master's degree can be successfully completed with an additional maximum 60 ECTS credits.
Additional attainments can either be admission requirements which must be fulfilled in order to complete the master's degree program or admission requirements which must be fulfilled before admission to the master's degree program. The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainment.

The bachelor's degree may not be more than ten years old. Exceptions are possible where justified.

Language requirements

a) three modern foreign languages or
b) Latin plus two modern foreign languages

Evidence of language proficiency must be presented before the master's degree program can be completed. These language skills are acquired as part of extracurricular studies during the master's degree program. The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 770 International
  • EUR 770 EU/EEA
Tuition fee, semester fee and Student Union membership: CHF 805.-/per semester


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