The bachelor's degree in Art History provides general training through global and critical knowledge of all areas of artistic production, its different manifestations throughout history, and its reception by society.
The bachelor's degree in History of Art is designed to reflect the evolution of the scientific discipline itself, history of art, and the social demands of knowledge increasingly related to aspects of conservation and management of historical heritage, to museums and the practice of cultural and art exhibitions, and to activities related to the art market. It provides students with knowledge of art and its diverse manifestations, as well as of the languages and techniques used, the theory of art and aesthetic thought, the most important exponents of each historical period, the various approaches to understanding art, the procedures for creating and dealing with artistic heritage, the most important publications, the political and industrial reality, and the various professions available in the field of art history. It develops students' analytical and critical spirit, artistic sensibility, and ability to apply the scientific method, accustoming them to dealing with works of art and enhancing their understanding of and ability to present art management projects.

Basic information

TypeBachelor's degrees
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Geography and History
Branch of knowledge
  • Arts and Humanities
Mode of delivery


Number of places available

170 (excluding double degrees)


Length of course4 academic years
Language(s) of instructionCatalan 79,1%, Spanish 20,9%
Admission grade

5,000 (July 2024, start of process, via official entrance examinations/vocational training)


Approximate price per credit17,69 €
Compulsory placementsNo
Course detailsIndicators

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The Faculty

Objectives and competences


What you will learn The principles and practice of artistic production in different languages and cultures. A variety of specialist skills supporting policies of equal opportunities. An understanding of the expression of art in society today and its languages and techniques, art theory and artistic thought, seminal works and trends in different periods of history, approaches to artistic activity, creative processes, heritage, publication, the presence of art in politics and industry and apprenticeship. Analytical and critical reasoning skills, methodologies for the appraisal of different kinds of art, the use of historigraphical techniques and new technologies, the procedures by which heritage projects are undertaken and the evaluation of educational projects. Autonomy and teamwork skills, professional responsibility and commitment to heritage conservation and education, and leadership and self-critical ability. Number of ECTS credits: 240 Branch of knowledge: Arts and Humanities Faculty or school: Faculty of Geography and History


Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

What you will need Good reading skills, a knowledge of foreign languages (ideally, English, supported by a Romance language like French or Italian) and basic IT skills. Personal interest in the art history documented in collections and heritage sites (Barcelona and Catalonia) and in audiovisual media. Successfully completed school-leaver studies in humanities and social sciences, or in fine art; applicants should also have studied history, philosophy and literature.

Access requirements and conditions

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain.

Applicants holding higher educational qualifications from a university outside Spain should consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications to find out about specific admission requirements.


Students that have studied abroad and who wish to study at the University of Barcelona may be admitted to EHEA bachelor's degree courses. Procedures for gaining admission will depend on the qualifications held by each applicant.

For further information about admission, consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications.


As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online via the Món UB portal. To find out the date and time you have been assigned, check the specific information for your course. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned.

Academic information



Support and guidance

Pre-enrolment information and events


Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Basic training 66
Compulsory 126
Optional 42
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 6

List of subjects

Subject Language Type Credits
Catalan Medieval Art 1st semester Compulsory 6
Modern and Contemporary Catalan Art 1st semester Compulsory 6
Final Project 2nd semester Compulsory final project 6

Pathways and specializations

Art History
Check the planning of the different pathways of the degree

Previous years


Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment.They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 500 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

Institutional information


Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

Conservation-restoration in projects of historical, artistic and cultural heritage.
Institutional services.
Conservation-restoration and other specialist fields in museums and exhibitions.
The art market, including gallerist activities, antique dealing and auction.
Non-university education.
Higher education and research.
Publishing, including collection management and dissemination.
Media activities, including art documentation, criticism and dissemination.
Cultural management and freelance consultancy in private sector institutions, including program management, technical consultancy, and human resources.
Content creation using IT.
Artistic heritage dissemination, including interpretation, tourist management and educational programs.

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Contact us

Faculty of Geography and History

Montalegre, 6 - 08001 Barcelona

Secretary: 934 037 728 - 934 037 729

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