Literature – Art – Media – Bachelor of Arts


Undergraduate study programme leading to a first degree and providing qualifications and skills for future employment.

This study programme combines the competence to read and analyse all kinds of cultural products by using scientific approaches relevant to literature, art and the media. Literature – Art – Media is by no means an artistically creative or practical media study programme. The main focus is on a scientific analytical approach to literary texts, works of fine art and diverse media (film, TV, internet, photography, games etc.), as well as on the question how these different forms of cultural production relate to one another. Parallel to your studies, you will have the opportunity to apply and expand this knowledge in practical seminars.


Degree Bachelor of Arts
Programme start Winter semester
Period of study 6 semesters
Application period 07.05. - 15.09.
Admission restrictions no
ECTS 180
Obligatory minor subject no
⌀ Number of students 96

Why study Literature – Art – Media in the University of Konstanz?

  • Broad spectrum of interdisciplinary courses
  • Teaching is based on current research in cultural sciences
  • Small seminar groups
  • Excellent supervision (e.g. tutorials)
  • Excursions are a fixed component in the programme
  • practice-oriented project seminars (e.g. web design, exhibition design, visits to artists’ studios and restoration workshops, scriptwriting, board-game development)
  • Workshops in the university's media laboratory (editing, sound and camera technology)
  • Uniradio workshops in audio technology and programme design


Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

Typical work areas include:

  • Media and publishing
  • Public and private cultural institutions (museums, communication of art, cultural departments, culture organisers, foundations)
  • Communications departments of companies, associations and organisations
  • Out-of-school education (e.g. adult education, universities)

You can find out more about career entry in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Graduate studies

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table.

Please check the Exam regulations (partly in German) for more information about the programme structure.

Internship and study abroad


You must complete an internship of at least 2 months during the semester break. The staff of the university’s Career Service is here to help you find a suitable placement. Or check out the LKM blog for vacancies.

Study abroad

A period of study abroad is always highly recommended. You can spend semesters abroad at numerous European and non-European universities. The university promotes study abroad via the ERASMUS programme and numerous other exchange programmes.

Impressions from students and lecturers


What interests and skills should I have?

  • You enjoy dealing with forms of expression in various media (literature, architecture, sculpture, painting, film, photography etc.)
  • You are eager to read scientific and philosophical texts
  • You are interested in historical and contemporary cultural developments and trends
  • Very good verbal skills
  • You have a structured way of thinking

Language skills

Foreign language skills
You have to document skills in two foreign languages. You can catch up on missing language skills during your studies. They are not required for admission.

German language skills
International applicants additionally need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

Courses and examinations are in German. Some courses may also be held in English.

Admission requirements

General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.

Orientation procedures
If you intend to study at a university in Baden-Württemberg, you will need to submit proof of having completed an orientation procedure along with your university application. You must enclose proof of participation in the orientation procedure with your application documents. Here you will find a list of the orientation procedures recognised by the University of Konstanz.

For details, please see the admission regulations.


Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for certain international students
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain “Bildungsinländer” (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.

Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

PocketManual "Application" (in German)
Enrolling at the University of Konstanz – Our PocketManual "Application" (in German) will guide you as you take all the steps towards submitting a successful application to your first-choice study programme at the University of Konstanz.

An application is possible during the following period: 07.05. - 15.09. (winter semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.

Application documents

During the online application process, you will need to enter various kinds of information (school grades, attendance periods etc.) and upload various PDF documents. Please make sure that you have the relevant documentation ready. This may include:

  • your Abitur certificate (German general higher education entrance qualification)
  • documentation of any volunteering you may have done (FSJ, FÖJ etc.)
  • any documentation about vocational training you may have completed
  • any other required documents (medical certificate etc.)

An electronic assistant will guide you through the application process. Required fields are marked by an asterisk (*).