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Aesthetics and culture is the study of all things that appeal to our senses. You study the means of expression and cultural contexts of the arts in modern society.

About the programme
Quota 1 2018: 10.1 (Standby: 9.8)   |   Quota 2 2018: 9 (Standby: 8.5) (Indicative)  
: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: Week 35


This programme is only offered in Danish.

At the Bachelor’s degree programme in aesthetics and culture, you study and work on analysis and theory in a variety of different fields, including design, art, music, dance, drama, food, advertising, literature and other aesthetic forms of expression in modern culture.

With your finger on the cultural pulse

The degree programme involves in-depth work with aesthetics and culture in a historical, theoretical, analytical and practical perspective. You will analyse current phenomena with the help of theories on modernity, aesthetics and culture, and you will also address cultural politics and its significance for cultural frameworks. During the degree programme you will visit cultural institutions and have the opportunity for study trips in Denmark and Europe.

Studying on the aesthetics and culture programme

The teaching on the BA programme in aesthetics and culture is a mix of lectures and classroom instruction in small groups, where you do presentations and participate in discussions. You will spend a lot of time together with your study group and will come to work together on ideas, projects and presentations. The teachers and visiting lecturers at aesthetics and culture have close contact with the cultural life at Aarhus University and beyond. 

Career opportunities

Most graduates of the Bachelor’s degree programme in aesthetics and culture go on to do a Master’s degree. For example the Master's degree programme in aesthetics and culture, which is an advanced studies programme which builds on the Bachelor's degree programme. A Master’s degree programme can provide you with job opportunities in areas such as cultural communication, project management, teaching, and at museums or within entrepreneurship.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22375

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • An additional language at A level (or B level in case of an advanced language).


If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • An additional language at A level (or B level in case of an advanced language).

Programme structure

The Bachelor's degree programme in aesthetics and culture is structured around the basic subjects Aesthetics 1 and 2, where you learn about aesthetic theories and analytical thought processes. You will also take the subjects Culture 1 and 2, which deal with modern cultural history, theories and institutions as well as intermedial analysis, in which you work with texts, images and sounds.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in aesthetics and culture, you can find more information about the individual subjects, the programme structure and the requirements you must meet as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

The degree programme diagram gives an outline of the entire Bachelor’s degree programme in aesthetics and culture. You can click on the different courses to read the course descriptions.



Student life

Teaching on the programme in aesthetics and culture

At the aesthetics and culture degree programme, much of the teaching takes place in small classes, giving you the opportunity to participate in discussions with your fellow students. In addition, teaching alternates between lectures, where your teacher reviews assigned texts, and presentations, which you will typically do together with your study group. In the study group you will also come to work together on various projects throughout the degree programme.

Below is an example of a timetable for a week during the first semester at aesthetics and culture. As can be seen, aesthetics and culture is a full-time degree programme and you will come to spend a lot of time preparing for the individual lessons – both individually and in your study group.

08:00 - 13:00 Preparation time
14:00 - 17:00 Classroom Instruction: Aesthetics 1

8:00 - 11:00 Study group work
11:00 - 14:00 Lecture: Culture 1

8:00 - 11:00 Lecture: Aesthetics 1
12:00 - 16:00 Preparation time

9:00 - 11:00 Practical exercises
12:00 - 16:00 Preparation time

8:00 - 11:00 Classroom Instruction: Culture 1
11:00 - 15:00 Preparation time

Student life

As a student on the aesthetics and culture programme, you will spend much of your time at Kasernen, a former barracks that was recently restored. You will come to rub shoulders with students from related degree programmes, including art history, dramaturgy, musicology and rhetoric. There are a lot of social events for all of the degree programmes at Kasernen, which creates a unique interdisciplinary environment with a wide variety of associations and clubs for you to participate in:

Kasernebaren (the bar at Kasernen)
In collaboration with the other aesthetic subjects, the Kasernebaren holds a Friday bar. This gives you plenty of opportunity to enjoy a cold beer or soft drink with added aesthetic input to the sound of live music.

KaserneRevyen (the revue at Kasernen)
If you are like acting, are good at writing scripts or are musically interested, then the KaserneRevyen is the place for you. The revue is held every year in collaboration with the other aesthetic subjects.

Visir is Kasernen’s magazine for students and is aimed at students who like to write. Visor writes about the subjects that you and your fellow students are interested in, and the magazine accepts material ranging from poems and short stories to academic articles and essays.

Studying abroad

As a student of aesthetics and culture, you can spend a semester studying abroad. Studying in a foreign country improves your language skills, and you get a chance to learn about another culture first-hand. During the final year of your BA programme, you can take advantage of one of the many exchange agreements between Aarhus University and partner universities all over the world. Get inspiration, guidance and travel lust here.

Commencement of studies

Your time at Aarhus University will begin with an introductory week in week 35 (the last week of August). During this week, you will get an introduction to IT systems, exam forms and degree programme structure and opportunities as well as meeting your teachers. You can read more about your commencement of studies and the introductory week here. On this page, you will also find tips and good advice for new students at Aarhus University.

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Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2016 AU employment survey.

Your career opportunities as a graduate of the BA programme in aesthetics and culture depend on what supplementary subjects you take as well as what Master’s degree programme you choose later on.

With a Bachelor’s degree in aesthetics and culture, you get theoretical and practical knowledge of what connects culture, art, business, politics, values and norms in our society. You will be introduced to theories of art and aesthetics, and you will learn about the most important events in modern aesthetic and cultural history. You will hereby gain knowledge about the symbolic function of art and its importance in the past, present and future. This will allow you to examine what role art, architecture and literature plays in modern human life.

The majority of graduates from the degree programme in aesthetics and culture find work in communication and knowledge dissemination. For example, as a communication officer for cultural institutions or as information officers at companies, municipalities or cultural institutions. An increasing number are also finding jobs in development and aid agencies, where they work across organisations, or as project coordinators on integration projects and the like.

Supplementary subject

During the third year of the BA programme in aesthetics and culture, you will be required to select a supplementary subject. At aesthetics and culture you can choose between many different subjects. Examples of supplementary subjects chosen by other students of aesthetics and culture include: 

  • Supplementary subject in Film and Media
  • Supplementary subject in Visual Arts and Visual Culture
  • Supplementary subject in Humanistic Organisational Development

Master’s degree programmes

After completing the Bachelor’s degree in aesthetics and culture, you are qualified for admission to many different Master’s degree programmes. However, you should be aware that admission to some programmes requires specific supplementary subjects.

  • The Master's degree programme in aesthetics and culture, where you build on the academic foundation from your Bachelor’s degree programme, but where you scrutinise and take a more critical view of the role of art in contemporary culture.
  • The Master's degree programme in journalism, where you can use your broad knowledge of aesthetic and cultural conditions in a journalistic context, while at the same time acquiring plenty of practical journalistic tools.
  • The Master's degree programme in experience economy, where you learn about entrepreneurship and how you can create added value through sustainable solutions.
  • The Master's degree programme in art history, where you examine art and visual media in a theoretical, historical and practical perspective.