Bachelor examinations

Admission to the final bachelor examination is subject to having passed all other modules in the bachelor curriculum. Print-outs from KSL are required as proof of the grades received and that all modules have been completed. The bachelor thesis may be submitted no later than four weeks prior to the examination.

According to the curriculum of the IKG, all courses (basic modules, in-depth modules, undergraduate seminars (PS), excursion days and, if applicable, electives) are attended in semesters 1 to 5. In the 6th semester, only the bachelor thesis (Major) and the bachelor examination (Basic Knowledge Art History) follow. Master’s courses such as lectures, graduate seminars (HS) or excursion days can also be completed in the sixth semester. Monomaster Curatorial Studies courses cannot be brought forward.

Applications for extensions of study time: see FAQ.

Bachelor examination

The bachelor examination always takes place at the end of the semester, usually in the last week of lectures. Registration for the exam is usually in the third week of the final semester. The date will be communicated via the Institute’s mailing list. Lectures and seminars from the entire program can be chosen for the examinations. Unless otherwise agreed with the examiner, material from the entire course will be examined. Courses that were assessed with a written examination cannot be selected (e.g. introduction to Christian iconography; lectures tested for the elective area). Courses by guest lecturers can only be examined in exceptional cases and after personal consultation with the chair holder. The BMZ ring lectures are also unavailable for the examination.

The Chairs of Pre-Modern Art History (ÄK), Early Modern Art History (KN), Modern and Contemporary Art History (MG) examine seminars and lectures denoted with the abbreviations PS, VL, HS. In the Chair of the History of Architecture and Historic Preservation (AD), only those listed as VL, HS are examinable. In the Bachelor’s program, courses offered by the Chair of the History of Textile Arts (TK) can only be credited as electives.

For your BA exams you choose courses, which you have attended in the last four semesters of your studies. In the oral bachelor examination the entire content of the lecture resp. of the seminars is relevant. The lecturers should be available to take the exam in the current semester and ideally be currently employed at the Institute of Art History.

The examination consists of a set of topics agreed upon by the student and the lecturer plus a foundational knowledge of art history. Scientific working techniques and methods, instruments of research, journals, bibliographies, databases as well as the handling of sources and secondary literature etc. are also, in principle, topics of the examination. In addition, the Chairs of Pre-Modern Art History (ÄK) and Early Modern Art History (KN) test knowledge on attributions, dating and iconography of major works from the Kunstmuseum Bern, the Kunstmuseum Basel and the Kunsthaus Zürich. The Chair of Modern and Contemporary Art History (MG) tests knowledge of important institutions and exhibitions in the field of modernism and the present. The Chair of Architectural History and Historic Preservation tests knowledge of important buildings in Bern.

Students must score at the least a "sufficient" grade. A result in a subject area that is less than "sufficient" means that subject must be repeated in the following semester.


  • In order to register for the examination, you must have completed all of the required tasks in the curriculum.
  • All achievements / grades must be entered in KSL and correctly assigned to the modules.


To be brought along for the exam registration:

  • Completed registration form
  • Printed KSL study sheet
  • Proof of knowledge of foreign languages (see FAQ)

Forms for registering for the BA examination


Issuing of bachelor’s diplomas (for regular students of the University of Bern)

The bachelor’s diploma must be applied for at the Dean's Office. For this you need a confirmation of your results. This confirmation, signed by the director of the Institute, will be sent to you by the study coordinator. The confirmation can only be issued if all results have been entered in KSL and correctly assigned to the modules. It is the responsibility of the students to ensure that all grades are entered in time by the lecturers.

Please also check whether the data stored in KSL (address, home town, etc.) are correct before applying for the diploma (self-check at

HKB Students

The diploma for students of the HKB is organised by the study coordinator. HKB students register for the bachelor examination. Once the examination has been passed, the study coordinator prepares the supplement. For this purpose, all results must be entered correctly in KSL. Please also check whether your personal data entered in KSL (address, home town, etc.) are correct (self-check at The supplement is sent directly to the HKB by the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Humanities and the diploma is awarded by the HKB. There is therefore no need to submit an application directly to the Dean's Office.