Facts and Data

  • Duration: 6 semesters
  • Degree Award: Bachelor of Arts
  • Language: German
  • admission free
  • Special admission requirements







Application deadline 30 September for entrance examination for Material Culture: Textiles (in German).

Material Culture: Textiles - Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme

Within the scope of the Dual-subject Bachelor, you can take Material Culture

  • as a Major (90 ECTS) combined with a Minor
  • as a primary or secondary dual subject (60 ECTS) or
  • as a Minor (30 ECTS) combined with a Major

Material Culture can be studied either in connection with a non-teaching career goal or as a professional teaching qualification. If you want to become a teacher, you must follow the combinations of subjects for each teaching position.

Orientation and Goals

The course programme Material Culture: Textiles is related to cultural studies. It examines every day things, their appearance, workmanship, and composition, their history, current uses and diverse meanings from a variety of perspectives. This programme in Oldenburg is distinguished by its use of approaches from ethnology, cultural anthropology, and cultural representation through artistic-scientific as well as scientific-technical approaches. The goal is to learn to analyse, represent, and participate in the cultural rules and dynamics of modern societies through their material culture. One of the programme's focal points is textiles, especially clothing, in a broad context including material culture, body, media, design, and sustainability. The curriculum is designed to allow students to choose their own modules freely after the first year, making a number of individual specialisations possible.

Major thematic areas include:
  • Theory and History of Material Culture
  • Contemporary Strategies and Problems in Conveying Material Culture
  • Aesthetics: Clothing, Body, Fashion
  • Textiles and Sustainability
Basic course requirements include:
  • A high degree of motivation to work in a branch of cultural studies
  • An interest in theoretical and explorative-practical debates in material culture
  • An interest in working with textiles and clothing
  • A willingness to experiment and attentiveness to aesthetic and cultural developments
  • Happiness with developing one's own analytical approaches and questions, as well as self-organised, project based team work
  • Readiness and self initiative
  • A good knowledge of English (reading technical literature)

Foreign Language Skills

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg as a student from outside of Germany, you need an adequate knowledge of German.

German Language Proficiency
You can proof your German language proficiency with the following language certificates:
  • DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Level 2)
  • TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 4 in all four areas)

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. For other proof possiblities see: Language requirements

Careers and Areas of Employment

The goal of this bachelor's programme is to qualify graduates to work in areas relating to cultural studies. Opportunities depend a great deal on the specific subject combinations that students choose, as well as their choice of internships and voluntary placements, but this degree is nonetheless an important qualification for work in the cultural field, in museums, in culture and fashion journalism, in the arts and media, in culture management, consumer advice, NGOs, and in education (outside of a school context).

The Bachelor’s degree forms a basis for the consecutive, interdisciplinary Master's programmes of EMMIR (European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations), "Cultural Analysis" (with practical research elements) or "Museum and Exhibition" (with elements relating to practical museum work).

This bachelor's programme Material Culture: Textiles can also lead to a teaching career. It can be connected to a Master of Education in the school subject 'Designing Textiles'. This is offered with qualification options for the Grundschule, Hauptschule, Realschule, and for Special Needs Education (Sonderpädagogik), and it qualifies graduates for the Referendariat.

Target Group/Admission Requirements

International applicants who received their prior education abroad should apply online through uni-assist. For further details see: Application for international students

Entrance examination for Material Culture: Textiles
Applicants must pass an entrance examination. The entrance examination consists of a personal interview.
Material Culture: Textiles - Entrance examination - application deadline 30th September.

Please note also the special admission requirements of the admission regulations.

Application/Admission Procedures

This is an open admissions degree course, and application is only possible in the winter semester.
The application deadline for the winter semester is 15 October.

In addition, there is an entrance qualification procedure which ends on 30 September of the year of admission. For this purpose, please fill out the form (only in German available).

The application deadline may depend on the second subject if admission is restricted.

Further Information

General questions: Coordinator for Academics and Teaching:

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