Master of Arts Provenance Research and History of Collecting

Study Discipline: Arts & Humanities
Study Programme Details
Country: Germany
Admission Sessions:Autumn Session
Study Format: Full Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type

Master's degree


24 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

The Master of Arts in Provenance Research and History of Collecting delves into the intricate and multifaceted world of art and cultural objects across various historical periods and societies. This program brings to light the complexity of values attributed to art, revealing the rich tapestry of private and institutional collecting practices. In an era where the provenance of art is increasingly critical, this program not only explores the historical context but also addresses contemporary issues such as repatriation and ethical collecting.


Rooted in art history and enriched by interdisciplinary perspectives, the Master of Arts in Provenance Research and History of Collecting offers a comprehensive exploration of the origins, movements, and legal aspects of art and cultural property. This program, presented by the transdisciplinary research unit Provenance Research and Cultural Property Law, covers art history, law, and the global art market. Students gain deep insights into the translocation of artworks, the evolution of collecting, and legal frameworks governing cultural property. The curriculum emphasizes practical experience through collaborations with museums, auction houses, and cultural institutions, allowing students to develop specialized skills in areas like museum studies, cultural sociology, and post-colonialism. This hands-on approach ensures graduates are well-prepared for dynamic careers in the art and cultural sectors.

Admission Requirements

  • A university degree (German or non-German) in art history or a related discipline
  • German language proficiency (DSH level 2, CEFR level C1, as per DSH exam regulations)
  • English language proficiency (CEFR level B2) if the supplementary subject “Post-Colonialism” is chosen
  • Spanish language proficiency (CEFR level A2) if the supplementary subject “Post-Colonialism” is chosen
  • Minimum grade of 2.7 or local equivalent
  • Specific modules:
    • Basic knowledge of art history (12 ECTS credits)
    • Knowledge of art history periods (24 ECTS credits)
    • Practical art history knowledge (24 ECTS credits)
  • Art History Foundations
  • Provenance Research Techniques
  • Cultural Property Law
  • History of Collecting
  • Art Market Analysis
  • Museum Studies
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Post-Colonial Studies
  • Internship/Practical

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Future Career Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Provenance Research and History of Collecting have gone on to achieve remarkable success in various fields. Alumni have taken prominent roles in leading museums, developed groundbreaking exhibitions, and contributed to significant research projects. They are highly sought after in the art market for their expertise in provenance and legal aspects of cultural property. The program’s focus on practical skills and theoretical knowledge ensures that graduates are equipped to meet the evolving demands of the art world, making them valuable assets in cultural institutions, academia, and the art market.

Visa Requirements:

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