Higher education in Germany consists mainly of three types of institutions with the following courses of study:
Art and music colleges:
- Study programmes in the fields of design, fine and performing arts and in film, television and media and various music fields;
- Study programmes for cultural management;
- Some teach the whole spectrum of artistic subjects, others only certain disciplines.
- Courses of study in theoretical disciplines (e.g. art history or cultural studies);
- Study courses in the arts or music education (e.g. to become a primary or secondary school teacher);
- Courses of study for cultural management, cultural anthropology.
Universities of Applied Sciences:
- Courses of study in cultural work, cultural education, cultural mediation, cultural tourism.
Over the past 30 years, the range of courses of study in the field of culture has grown very rapidly. In order to give an overview of the variety of study programmes in the field of culture, especially in terms of cultural mediation, offered at universities, universities of applied sciences and academies of art and music, the Institute for Cultural Policy within the Association for Cultural Policy has conducted a research project on the topic Study – Labour Market – Culture. One of the results is an online database with profiles of more than 300 courses of study in cultural representation and promotion (e.g. cultural education, cultural management, cultural tourism, etc.).
Data on study programmes are only available for the subject group Arts
and Art Studies. In 2017, a total of 94,300 students are studying in this
subject group. Of the graduates, 3.6 % were assigned to this subject group
(=11,100 students) in 2017. The overall proportion of women in this subject
group was 65.2%.
 Blumenreich, Ulrike (2012): Studium – Arbeitsmarkt – Kultur. Ergebnisse eines Forschungsprojektes, Bonn / Essen: Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft / Klartext Verlag.