This English-taught master’s programme builds on knowledge relating to the diversity and creativity in languages, literatures, arts, and media in Africa. The interdisciplinary orientation and subject combinations make the programme one-of-a-kind.

The programme is conceptualized as a continuation and immersion of the specialization fields offered in the Bachelor Programme African Visual and Verbal Arts (Languages, Literatures, Media and Art) at Bayreuth University. These are African Linguistics, Swahili Studies, Literatures in African Languages, and Media/Arts and Curational Studies in Africa.

In addition to gaining knowledge in African languages and linguistics, the programme now focuses on a deeper understanding of conditions and norms of language(s) in use; also in its mediated forms and social contexts. Hence, it is the primary goal of this programme to convey an enhanced comprehension of culturally encoded knowledge in its various applications and expressions in Africa.

Beside the focus on language, the programme also offers an intense engagement with theories and methodologies of literature, media, art and curatorial studies that further enriches the knowledge of various cultural verbal and visual expressions in Africa.

Fields of Employment

Apart from pursuing further academic training at universities and research institutions, graduates will be qualified to work in a range of different fields. Possible career paths include:

  • An academic career at higher education institutions or research institutions
  • Intercultural cooperation and cultural work (e.g. the Goethe Institute, foundations/trusts, museums, galleries, libraries)
  • Journalism and public relations
  • Development cooperation
  • Private sector employment (with a focus on the African continent)


In commencing the two year Master’s programme, which is organised in modules, students already bring profound interdisciplinary knowledge on Africa from a relevant Bachelor’s programme; e.g., African Verbal and Visual Arts (Languages, Literatures, Media and Art) (B.A., Bayreuth University).
During the second semester by the latest, students can choose to apply this knowledge in a field of specialization: 1 African Linguistics; 2 African Literatures; 3 Arts, Curational Studies and Media in Africa; 4 Swahili Studies; or 5 Multidisciplinary Studies (this option allows for an interdisciplinary immersion in several of these specialization fields).

Interdisciplinary modules compulsory to everyone include theories, methods, and courses in two African languages (Bambara, Hausa, Swahili or Arabic) that provide students with both academic and communicative skills.

Objectives The Master’s programme enables students to develop and specialize in their knowledge and critical thinking in the fields of Linguistics, Literatures, Media, Arts and Curation in Africa. They further deepen their knowledge in academic work routines and current research trends. In a final Master’s thesis, they will work on an individually chosen research topic in a field of specialization and thus prove their professional and methodological competence Professional Perspectives

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have an academic background in African Linguistics, African Literatures, Curational Studies and Media in Africa or a related discipline. You require at least a Bachelor grade point average of 2.5 or better (according to the German grading scale). A sound command of written and spoken English (equivalent to B2+ European Framework of Reference for Languages) is required. This can be proven by certificates, degrees from an English language-medium tertiary institution, or BA theses written in English. A basic command of German (A 1 level) is also required and can be obtained during the first year of the programme. Commencing the AVVA programme is only possible for the winter term (October each year).

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