Art Theory and Cultural Studies

Artistic knowledge goes beyond canons and competence.

The curriculum of the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies allows for the fact that the job profiles and professional fields of art college graduates have considerably differentiated and extended in recent years. An increased interest in forms of knowledge developing in modern and contemporary art and (audio)visual culture may be observed in both the academic world and that of art, in the exhibition sector, in educational contexts, and adjacent institutional spheres. From a historical but also from a modern perspective, teaching art theory and cultural studies and doing research in this area thus call for a curriculum developed in a mutually deepening exchange with artistic practices and focusing on a range of subjects such as art in history, art and society, art and the public sphere, art in different cultures, art and pop art, art and the art scene, art and the media, art and gender, as well as the philosophy, anthropology, and aesthetical theory of art. This includes furnishing students with methodically conceptual and operative instruments for interdisciplinary and cross-institute projects and the planning of colloquia, lecture series, and conferences aimed at communicating the artistic forms of production and research of an
academy to the public.

The Art Theory and Cultural Studies curriculum not only intends to provide students with a profound knowledge of the artistic material and the relevant cultural fields both in terms of theory and practice but also to strengthen methodical and analytical skills which are of benefit to the quality, i.e. the dynamics and elegance, of critical reflection.