East Asian Art History

Heidelberg University

M.A. On Campus
24 months
3000 EUR/year
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The East Asian Art History academic programme at the University of Heidelberg focuses on the art, archaeology, and material culture of China, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Korea. All art forms will be studied, from painting and calligraphy to sculpture and architecture to ceramics, handiwork, and photography, as represented in all epochs, from the Neolithic Age to the present.


The Master’s degree programme in East Asian Art History at University of Heidelberg is designed to give students the opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge of the art and visual culture of China, Japan, and, to a lesser extent, Korea, for the purpose of expanding their education and gaining the practical experience required for positions as curators, gallery owners, journalists, etc. 

Research at the Institute primarily focuses on:  

  • Buddhist art, with an emphasis on stone sutras 
  • Chinese painting and calligraphy 
  • Japanese painting from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century. 
  • Early Chinese and Japanese photography 
  • Transcultural approaches in all areas  
  • Modern and contemporary research topics  

Occupational Areas

Traditionally, students of East Asian Art History work in positions at universities and museums, as art dealers, and in galleries. Other career options are found in the areas of journalism, tourism, and publishing.

Programme Structure

  • The Master’s degree programme is a modular programme, consisting of a number of different types of courses. These include advanced seminars, lectures, practice classes (language courses), colloquiums, and excursions. 
  • To quickly begin to gain experience abroad and for optimal development of foreign language skills, students are advised to pursue their coursework in one of the first three semesters by studying abroad.  

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application for enrollment (available in the service portal )
  • acceptance letter
  • the originals of school certificates relevant for admission and, where applicable, university certificates
  • 1 passport photo (loose)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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East Asian Art History
Heidelberg University


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