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International Master's Programme in Art History: Technical Art History and the Art Museum

  • 120 credits

This two-year master programme gives you in-depth empirical and theoretical knowledge in the field of Art History with a focus on Technical Art History, the history of the art museum and its professional practice, as well as History of Collections and Archive Studies.

Investigation of a painting.
Photo: Emmebi Diagnostica Artistica

The programme provides you with knowledge and skills for activities and work in the international Art History field with a clear focus on the museum world and the art market. The programme has an international profile with English as the language of instruction as well as international teacher competence. You develop your ability to understand and apply professional practices regarding logistics, economics, law and administration that is applied in museums or other institutions where early modern art is handled.

The teaching is largely in direct contact with the studied material: in the university's art collection, in the laboratory, in archives and in museums. The courses within the programme are theoretical and pragmatic with elements of laboratory work, instrument management, analysis of technical results, knowledge about reconstruction and understanding of collections and museum management.

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  • Programme overview

    Year 1

    Semester 1

    Semester 2

    • Sources and documents: analysis, source criticism and interpretation, 7.5 credits
    • History of collections: making, reconstruction and interpretation, 7.5 credits
    • Technical Art History II, 15.0 credits

    Year 2

    Semester 3

    Semester 4

    • Technical Art History: Technical campaign of a single artwork - Master's Course I, 15.0 credits
    • Technical Art History - Master's Course II, 15.0 credits
  • How to apply

    Applications are to be submitted online via universityadmissions.se.

    Read more about First admission round here. (link to University Admissions)

    Read more about Second admission round here. (link to University Admissions)

    To complete the application, supporting documentation has to be uploaded electronically or submitted by delivery service/regular post in time for RECEIPT (not date of postmark) by University admissions in Sweden by January 15th (first admission round) and April 15th (second admission round) at the latest. Applications lacking the required documentation will not be considered – please make sure that your application is complete, well before the deadlines!

    We regret that late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

    Selection process

    Additional eligibility criteria

    Students will be recruited on the following principles:

    •  quality and relevance of previous academic merits
    •  a Letter of Intent
    •  a personal interview (on campus or via Skype).

    Please note that practical experience of artistic work or from the art field is not considered as equivalent to academic studies in Art History.

    Required supporting documentation

    Your application must be accompanied by a Letter of Intent, in which you describe your background and particular areas of interest, your motives for applying to the programme and future career plans etc. The Letter of Intent should be upload electronically at universityadmissions.se during the application process.

    Please note that all supporting documents in the application must be issued in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English. Documents that are not issued in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English must be translated into either Swedish or English.

  • More information

    Reference Committee

    Reference Committee at the International Master's Programme in Art History: Technical Art History and the Art Museum.

    Lisa Gartz, Bukowskis AB
    Heli Haapasalo, Hallwylska museet
    Cecilia Hillström, Cecilia Hillström gallery
    Camillla Hjelm, Stockholms universitet
    Merit Laine, Uppsala universitet
    Lars Ljungström, Kungliga Husgerådskammaren
    Pia Bengtsson Melin, Historiska museet
    Martin Olin, Nationalmuseum
    Kriste Sibul, Nationalmuseum
    Karin Sidén, Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde
    Patrik Steorn, Thielska galleriet
    Anna Womack, Nordiska museet

  • Contact

    For further information about the programme, please contact the Programme Director, Sabrina Norlander Eliasson sabrina.norlander.eliasson@arthistory.su.se or the Study Counsellor Richard Carlsén, richard.carlsen@su.se, Phone +46 (0)8 16 46 80.