The most outstanding feature of Ghent University’s Art History programme, you ask? Without a doubt that is the programme’s broad, general education in Art Studies, combined with the possibility of specialisation in a specific artistic discipline, but without losing touch with the other disciplines.
Specialisation starts in the second year by choosing one of three majors:
The Visual Arts major offers an in-depth specialisation in the study of the plastic arts. It encompasses visual arts from all periods up to the present day, and highlights various visual forms, such as painting and sculpture, drawing, graphics, photography, film, fashion, design, or historical interior. The interaction between architecture and the visual arts is an important focal point, too.
In this major you study the performing arts in their broadest sense: text theatre, performance, music theatre, dance and even new forms of circus and puppetry. This rich field of study focuses on the dramatic text as well as the performance, often in relation to the new media.
The Musicology major provides you with the broadest possible musicology-related knowledge and skills. Its focus is twofold: on the one hand, you will be introduced to the history and current trends of European music. On the other hand, you will get to know systematic musicology, experimental research on the effects of music on humans. At the Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music (IPEM), one of the world leaders in the field, you will learn to work with state-of-the-arts technologies and equipment.