Archives are the memory of society. During your studies, you will learn to assess analog and digital products according to their relevance for the future and to make them available to interested parties in a way that is appropriate for their use. The high level of practical relevance during your studies will give you an authentic impression of your future multifaceted field of work. Whether in a public archive or in a private company: The expertise gained and the methods learned are in demand on the job market and help graduates of the archives program to achieve wide-ranging career opportunities.
Contrary to the often widespread prejudice, archivists do not deal exclusively with dusty documents from times long past. On the contrary: the digital long-term archiving of virtual sources, for example, is an important part of their studies.
In the seven-semester archival studies program, you will learn how to responsibly evaluate analog and digital media according to their significance for scientific research, how to prepare sources for scientific and non-scientific audiences, and how to communicate them to specific target groups. The course content is interdisciplinary and covers not only history, administration and data management, but also topics such as law, business administration and project management, as well as marketing and public relations. A six-week internship as well as a practical semester give you early access to the professional world.
Helping to shape the memory of society
The bachelor's degree program in archival studies combines intensive practical relevance with a family atmosphere between fellow students and teachers. Just 30 students share the motivation to both deal with historical data and preserve cultural heritage.
As a prospective archivist, you do not need any prior technical knowledge, but a general interest and openness to social issues is essential, because you have great responsibility in the preservation of historical sources and thus of the cultural legacy.
The focus is increasingly on digital archiving, which makes a basic affinity for modern information technology mandatory. An independent, structured, results-oriented approach to work and good time management are therefore an advantage.
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The archival studies degree program trains you to work as an archivist in all areas of archival science. Especially through digitization, you can expect numerous new tasks and fields of work outside of archives as a fully trained archivist. The bachelor's degree is often followed by a direct career entry, but a master's degree in information science at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam is also possible.
Work in archives
- state archives
- communal archives
- ecclesiastical archives
- business archives
- Parliamentary, party, and association archives
- media archives
- archives of universities and other scientific institutions
- archives of associations and social movements
Work in institutions, government agencies or private companies
- Registries of public authorities
- Corporate archivist
- as curator*in for private estates etc.
Literature archives, archives of political foundations, parliamentary archives - these institutions correspond to my areas of interest. I knew exactly what to expect from the internships I did during my studies. Then everything went faster than I thought. And before my final exam, I had already signed an employment contract.MichaelGraduate Bachelor Archival Studies
My highlight was my time in the media archive of the WDR. For television reports, I picked out the appropriate historical videos for the editors – there you can see directly the fruits of your own labor.SarahStudent Bachelor Archival Studies
Course of studies
The standard period of study for the full-time degree program Archival Studies is seven semesters and concludes with a Bachelor of Arts degree. The program consists of basic compulsory modules, subject-specific compulsory and elective modules, practice-oriented project modules, two internships, interdisciplinary Interflex courses and ends with the completion of a Bachelor's thesis. Subsequently, a master's degree in, for example, information sciences can be obtained at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.
|1st - 2nd semester||Fundamental studies and 6-week internship|
|3rd - 4th semester||integrative and subject-specific immersion|
|6th - 7th semester||subject-specific immersion, Projects, bachelor thesis and colloquium|
In the teaching of archival sciences, we work with different forms of learning, so that the knowledge transfer also fits the respective topic and the students' everyday study life is varied.
- Project Modules
- Information society
- Web technology and information systems
- scientific work
- Specialized English
- Management and Law
- Development of archival records
- Manuscripts 19th/20th century
- Fundamentals of historical scholarship
- Records management and e-government, acquisition and appraisal, digital archiving
- Digital presentation of archival records
- Administrative history and archival law
- Archives management
- Conservation, archival construction, and use
- Mediation of historical sources
- Archives and their preservation
- Documentary methods
- Digital preservation, metadata, document management
- Old paleography, diplomatics, chronology, minor auxiliary sciences, information visualization
Projects and excursions
- depending on current topics and cooperation partners as well as respective offers for visits and symposia
- Two internships: six weeks after the 2nd semester and 22 weeks in the 5th semester
- Independent writing of a bachelor thesis
Module Manuals & Regulations
For a detailed description of the course content, study plans and descriptions of individual modules in the degree program Archival Studies, please refer to the module handbook, the subject-specific study and examination regulations and the internship regulations.
Module manual for the bachelor's degree program in archival studies:
Study and examination regulations for the bachelor's degree program in archival studies:
Internship regulations for the bachelor's degree program in archival studies:
Projects from the departmentWeitere Projekte
Application & Enrollment
Application & Enrollment
There is no separate application procedure for the archival studies degree program. Enrollment is always possible from 15.06. to 15.08. for the next winter semester. Applications to a higher semester are possible from 15.05. to 15.07.
If you meet the admission requirements, you can submit an enrollment application. For this purpose, please note the following, course-specific information:
To enroll in the open-admission bachelor's degree program in archival studies (NC-free), you need a university entrance qualification according to the Higher Education Act of Brandenburg.
This higher education entrance qualification includes the general higher education entrance qualification or university of applied sciences entrance qualification or previous professional training recognized as equivalent.
The enrollment application is submitted online in the MyCampus University Portal of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. After entering the information required for enrollment, an enrollment application is created. This application must be signed and submitted to the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam by mail together with the university entrance qualification in paper form. Please refer to the enrollment application if you need to submit additional documents.
The last day of the enrollment period applies to the submission. The date of receipt at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam is decisive.
Documents to be submitted
- Officially certified copy of the university entrance qualification or the university degree certificate
- Insurance certificate of the statutory health insurance for students or proof of exemption from the statutory insurance obligation
- Deposit slip or order confirmation of the Ssemester fee
- Image for issuance of Campus.Karte
- If applicable, exmatriculation certificate from the last university attended
- If applicable, further documents according to enrollment application
General information on application and enrollment procedures
There are various application procedures at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. General information on application and enrollment procedures as well as information on part-time studies, guest auditorships, and second degree studies can be found on the general application pages.
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