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Course Description

Our Museum Studies programme prepares students extensively for work in the dynamic museum sector. The programme combines hands-on experience of all the different areas of modern museum work and goes beyond the classical museum functions of collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, studying and conserving.

In the first two semesters, students learn about inventories and documentation as well as fundamental management tools. Additionally, basic Art History and Cultural History are taught to provide necessary context.

The third and fourth semesters are more heavily focused on using acquired skills in practical settings. Education in the various types of collections and academic disciplines continues. Students also learn more about communication strategies in museum education, creative exhibition making and PR as well as the fundamentals of visitor researching. Compulsory English for Museum Studies is promoting the international orientation of the program.

The fifth semester prepares students to specialize in either two compulsory modules of cultural economy, publications, digital media, modern materials, digitalization or provenance research and is followed up by the sixth semester in which students write their Bachelor thesis.

Incoming Students on exchange programmes

If you are an Incoming student into Faculty 5 on an exchange programme (such as Erasmus), a list of your local contacts is available here. If you do not study at one of our partner universities (listed below), please contact the International Office first to find out if an institutional agreement is possible to allow you to spend a semester or a year at HTW Berlin.

Full-time study candidates from abroad

If you are considering studying the Museums Studies course on a full-time basis, please refer to our International Applicationssection.

Modules in English

HORIZON is the new international programme at HTW Berlin. It is primarily designed for exchange students from our overseas partner universities. Depending on your field of study at home university, you can choose between different thematic tracks delivered in English. The Design and the Fashion tracks are meant for students at Faculty 5.

As an Incoming Student, you have the opportunity to take the following modules in Museums Studies :

TitleECTS PointsSemester
German as a Foreign Language4 (mandatory)Winter and Summer
Cultural Translation – Connecting Europe and Asia from Japan (B20)5Summer Only
Introduction to Japanese Culture (AWE)2 Winter and Summer
Design Thinking and Interdisciplinary Problem Solving (AWE)2Winter and Summer
Creative Outdoor Drawing (AWE)2Winter and Summer
Art and Architecture in Berlin (AWE) 2Winter and Summer
Becoming a Global Graduate (AWE)2 Winter and Summer
Experiments in moulded forms (AWE)2Winter and Summer

We are working towards increasing the number of modules delivered in English in the Faculty 5. You may also enrol onto modules on other degree courses and/or in other Faculties, subject to availability and consent from a Lecturer or a Course Manager, where these modules are relevant to your degree and when your choice is accepted by your home university's outgoing students Coordinator (via a Learning Agreement).

Should you wish to take modules in German as well, our language level requirement is B2 ( as per the ECFR).

Museums Studies Partner Universities

We are always happy to receive partnership requests from other institutions. If you represent an overseas university not on the list below and would like to initiate an agreement with HTW Berlin Faculty 5, please send your proposal by e-mail to the Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Katrin Hinz, at

Partner Institutions

Name of UniversityCountry/CityTeaching Language
Groupe ESC Dijon Bourgogne – Burgundy School of BusinessDijon, FranceFrench