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Master (1 Subject)

Cultural Analysis and Cultural Intermediation


Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Field Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
Language German
Standard program duration 4 semesters
Admission restrictions None
Further information Homepage (German only)
Module Manual (German only)
Curriculum (German only)

Short profile

The four-semester M.A. in Cultural Analysis and Cultural Intermediation is characterized by the interdisciplinary interlinking of the following subjects: Cultural Anthropology of Textiles, Art History, Musicology and the corresponding communication sciences. The aim of the Master’s program is to view culture as a holistic constellation and to understand its complexity.

At the center of attention are both cultural heritage and creative manifestations of the ‘high arts’ (fashion design, architecture, visual art, serious music) and materializations of everyday spheres of life (popular culture). The combination of academic and didactic approaches empowers students to present science and knowledge, along with the latter’s generation and transfer, in a commensurate manner and to communicate them to the general public.

In the interdisciplinary and compulsory part of the program, students study together and complete courses in Cultural Anthropology of Fashion and Cultural Anthropology of Textiles, and choose between Art History/Visual Studies or Musicology. In the mandatory electives, they attend project courses in Cultural Anthropology of Fashion and Cultural Anthropology of Textiles.

The interdisciplinary interlinking of Cultural Anthropology of Textiles, Art History, and Musicology as well as of the corresponding communication sciences in this manner can only be found at TU Dortmund University and opens up new opportunities, professional prospects and research fields for students, especially through the proximity to the practice-oriented study programs.

Knowledge and skills

Applicants are admitted to the program who hold a good to very good Bachelor’s degree (2.5 or higher) in the area of cultural anthropology of textiles, art studies, musicology, textile design or another related and equivalent program. These can be found in the individual profiles.

English language skills sufficient to be able to work with scientific literature, understand scientific presentations and discuss scientific results in English are strongly recommended.

Professional fields

The objective of the Master’s program is to train academically qualified cultural intermediaries for posts in museums, archives or exhibitions, journalism, educational work and research.

Professional fields for graduates are: Museums, collections, exhibitions, preservation of historical monuments, archives, theaters, music theaters, concert practice and education, media, cultural journalism, non-school educational institutions and cultural projects, public cultural administration, regional planning, culture management, cultural and creative industries, private and public cultural promotion.

Further information

Successful completion of the Master’s program forms the foundation for advanced academic studies and training, e.g., doctoral studies.  

Further information can be found on the program website.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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