Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Musicology and Theatre Studies

Ghent University’s Art History, Musicology and Theatre Studies programme has a concept that is unique in Flanders. A broad basic education covers all the art disciplines, and gradually deepens depending on your choice of one specific discipline: Visual Arts and Architecture, Performing Arts and Media Studies, or Musicology.

Bachelor's Programme
3 year 180 credits
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
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The unicity of Ghent University’s Art History, Musicology and Theatre Studies programme lies in its broad, general education in Art Studies in combination with the possibility of specialization in a specific artistic discipline, but without losing touch with the other disciplines. The basic training starts from a general framework and progresses into the specific disciplines and a study of inter-artistic confrontations.

The Artistic Disciplines Covered by the Programme:

  •  Visual Arts and Architecture

The Visual Arts and Architecture major offers the opportunity for an in-depth specialization in the study of architecture and the plastic arts. It encompasses visual arts and architecture from all periods up to the present day, and highlights various visual forms, such as painting and sculpture, drawing, graphics, photography, film, design, historical interior, etc. The interaction between architecture and the visual arts is an important focal point.

  • Performing Arts and Media Studies

As is usually the case in programmes abroad, Ghent University has integrated Performing Arts and Media Studies within the broader programme of Art Studies. In this major you investigate the performing arts in their broadest sense: text theatre, performance, music theatre, dance and even new forms of circus and puppetry. The media aspects of performing arts and film are regularly discussed as well.

  • Musicology

The Musicology major provides you with the broadest possible musicology-related knowledge and skills, with a focus on the history and current events of European music. Systematic Musicology explores meaning of music to man. The I.P.E.M, the Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music, works with state-of-the-arts technologies and is one of the world leaders in the field.

For whom

You are interested in art and its many manifestations. You have artistic sensitivity, you are curious, you want to ‘see, hear and feel’ how art works, you are critical, you go to museums and attend exhibitions, theatre, concerts of your own accord, and you are fascinated by architecture and monuments. Not prior knowledge but your intrinsic interest and commitment are decisive success factors. Since the programme requires quite a lot of memory work, a good memory is another welcome asset. An important requirement for Musicology is an active knowledge of music theory. In addition, you must at least have a passive knowledge of English, French and German to go through specialist literature.

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The successive years of the BA programme develop the artistic disciplines in a balanced way.

By means of general, introductory course units, the first year offers a broad framework that facilitates acquiring the necessary basic knowledge and insights of the humanities (philosophy, literature, archaeology, historical criticism, anthropology).  In addition, you will receive a historical and theoretical introduction to the different artistic disciplines (Visual Arts, Architecture, Performing Arts and Media Studies, Musicology), which will enable you to make an informed choice of discipline in the second year.  The essential historical basic knowledge is further explored in the cross-disciplinary course units. Basic research skills are taught as well.

Specialization starts in the second year by choosing one of three majors: Visual Arts and Architecture, Musicology, or Performing Arts and Media Studies. A choice of minors offers a complementary study track. The third year focuses on further specialization in your choice of major, and on putting previously acquired knowledge into practice. Also part of the third year, is the Bachelor’s dissertation: a test in independent, critical thought as a preparation for the Master. The Bachelor’s years also contain a mobility window for studying abroad.


The Master of Art History, Musicology and Theatre Studies aims at establishing in its graduates a burgeoning expertise in order to prepare them for research-oriented or policy advisor positions. Targeted tutorials, organization of symposia and study days (with or without the cooperation of third party specialists), collaborations with museums and academic institutions, and a focus on these interactive dynamics should help you to specialize in discipline of your choice. Research-wise, you are able to formulate problem statements independently, and to deliver research results that are at once well-considered and critical.  In addition to the (domain) Master’s programme described above, you can also choose a Master’s Programme in Teaching (in Dutch: Educatieve Master (120 sp).

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Labour Market

Our study programme offers a wide range of career opportunities depending on the chosen major (specialization), and our graduates enter a rich and diversified labour market. You are eligible for positions in the broad artistic and cultural field: in museums, concert and theatre houses, libraries, archives associated with art history, archaeology or music studies institutions, in the preservation of monuments and historic buildings sector, heritage institutions and centres of expertise on cultural heritage, cultural dissemination, etc... .