History and Criticism of Art

Portico interno: particolare
Master programme
A.Y. 2020/2021
LM-89 - History of art
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian
The Master's degree programme in History and criticism of art aims to further develop the student's understanding of history, philology, style, iconography, and methodology from their Bachelor's degree programme in art history. Students will also be encouraged to explore how to conserve, manage, and study works of art. The programme, which has no cap on enrolment, is intended for students who have met all prerequisites, and who have a sufficient basis in art history from their Bachelor's degree programme. Teaching within the degree programme includes coursework in various art-history subjects, as well as one course in each of these subjects: archaeology, architectural history, history, literature, and methods. Academic activities are structured as semester-long classes, as well as institutional laboratories, seminars, and internships with museums and other organisations who focus on protecting, studying, and promoting artistic heritage. Students are given ample time to conduct research for their thesis.
The foundation from the Master's degree programme paves the way for a student to continue onto a Post-graduate programme in historical-artistic assets, or a PhD, or to work or guide entities or institutions in the public or private sector with operations in fields relating to the protection, study, conservation, and appreciation of artistic heritage.
To become a Tier II Art Historian - pursuant to Ministerial Decree no. 244, of 20 May 2019, which regulates the professions relating to cultural property - students must matriculate into the Master's degree programme having already earned at least 24 CFU during the first-level degree in the following subject areas: L-ART/01, L-ART/02, L-ART/03 and L-ART/04, and who have structured their study programme by choosing exams from these academic fields as their departmental electives (18 CFU) and as the student's own elective class (9 CFU).
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The following students shall be admitted to the programme:

1) Bachelor's degree graduates in:

  • L-01 (ex 13) Cultural Heritage
  • L-10 (ex 5) Humanities 
  • L-42 (ex 38) History 

from the University of Milan who have earned at least 27 credits in: 
L-ANT/08 - Christian and medieval archaeology; L-ART/01 - History of medieval art; L-ART/02 - History of modern art; L-ART/03 - History of contemporary art; L-ART/04 - Museology, art and restoration criticism.
If you meet the above requirements, you can apply for admission according to the terms and procedures published on the University web portal  www.unimi.it every year upon the opening of admission procedures.

The above requirements will be ascertained by a special commission through the online procedure, and you will receive confirmation through the same procedure. Therefore, there will be no admission interview.

2) The following graduates, subject to curriculum requirements, to be assessed in the admission interview:

2) a Bachelor's degree graduates in:

  • L-05 (ex 29) Philosophy,
  • L-06 (ex 30) Geography,
  • L-11 (ex 11) Modern languages and civilizations,
  • L-20 (ex 14) Communication
  • from the University of Milan, and Bachelor's degree graduates in:
  • L-01 (ex 13) Cultural Heritage 
  • L-05 (ex 29) Philosophy, 
  • L-06 (ex 30) Geography, 
  • L-10 (ex 5) Humanities, 
  • L-11 (ex 11) Modern languages and civilizations, 
  • L-20 (ex 14) Communication, 
  • L-42 (ex 38) History 

from other universities who have earned at least 60 credits in the following academic fields:

  • at least 9 FCUs in L-FIL-LET/10 - Italian literature;
  • at least 9 FCUs in M-STO/01 - Medieval history; M-STO/02 - Modern history; M-STO/04 - Contemporary history;
  • at least 27 FCUs in L-ANT/08 - Christian and medieval archaeology; L-ART/01 - History of medieval art; L-ART/02 - History of modern art; L-ART/03 - History of contemporary art; L-ART/04 - Museology, art and restoration criticism;
  • at least 15 FCUs in BIO/08 - Anthropology; CHIM/02 - Physical chemistry; FIS/07 - Applied physics; GEO/01 - Paleontology and paleoecology; ICAR/15 - Landscape architecture; ICAR/18 - History of architecture; INF/01 - Informatics; IUS/10 - Administrative law; L-ANT/02 - Greek history; L-ANT/03 - Roman history; L-ANT/04 - Numismatics; L-ANT/07 - Classical archaeology; L-ANT/08 - Christian and medieval archaeology; L-ART/01 - History of medieval art; L-ART/02 - History of modern art; L-ART/03 - History of contemporary art; L-ART/04 - Museology, art and restoration criticism; L-ART/05 - Performing arts; L-ART/06 - Cinema, photography and television; L-ART/07 - Musicology and history of music; L-ART/08 - Ethnomusicology; L-FIL-LET/02 - Greek language and literature; L-FIL-LET/04 - Latin language and literature; L-FIL-LET/07 - Byzantine civilization; L-FIL-LET/08 - Latin medieval and humanistic literature; L-FIL-LET/11 - Contemporary Italian literature; L-LIN/01 - Glottology and linguistics; M-FIL/04 - Aesthetics; M-FIL/06 - History of philosophy; M-GGR/01 - Geography; M-STO/06 - History of religions; M-STO/08 - Archival studies, bibliography and librarianship; SPS/08 - Sociology of culture and communication.


2 b) Graduates in other Bachelor's degree programmes, who have earned at least 90 credits in the following academic fields:

  • at least 9 FCUs in L-FIL-LET/10 - Italian literature;
  • at least 9 FCUs in M-STO/01 - Medieval history; M-STO/02 - Modern history; M-STO/04 - Contemporary history;
  • at least 27 FCUs in L-ANT/08 - Christian and medieval archaeology; L-ART/01 - History of medieval art; L-ART/02 - History of modern art; L-ART/03 - History of contemporary art; L-ART/04 - Museology, art and restoration criticism;
  • at least 27 FCUs in ICAR/15 - Landscape architecture; ICAR/18 - History of architecture; L-ANT/08 - Christian and medieval archaeology; L-ART/01 - History of medieval art; L-ART/02 - History of modern art; L-ART/03 - History of contemporary art; L-ART/04 - Museology, art and restoration criticism; L-ART/05 - Performing arts; L-ART/06 - Cinema, photography and television; L-ART/07 - Musicology and history of music; L-ART/08 - Ethnomusicology;
  • at least 18 FCUs in BIO/08 - Anthropology; CHIM/02 - Physical chemistry; FIS/07 - Applied physics; GEO/01 - Paleontology and paleoecology; INF/01 - Informatics; IUS/10 - Administrative law; L-ANT/02 - Greek history; L-ANT/03 - Roman history; L-ANT/04 - Numismatics; L-ANT/07 - Classical Archeology; L-FIL-LET/02 - Greek language and literature; L-FIL-LET/04 - Latin language and literature; L-FIL-LET/07 - Byzantine civilization; L-FIL-LET/08 - Latin medieval and humanistic literature; L-FIL-LET/11 - Contemporary Italian literature; L-LIN/01 - Glottology and linguistics; M-FIL/04 - Aesthetics; M-FIL/06 - History of philosophy; M-GGR/01 - Geography; M-STO/06 - History of religions; M-STO/08 - Archival studies, bibliography and librarianship; SPS/08 - Sociology of culture and communication.


2 c) Master's degree graduates with sufficient basic knowledge of History, History of Italian literature and History of art, based on their previous university studies curriculum.

English Language
 
To enrol on the Master's Degree Programme in History and criticism of art, you must have at least a B1 level in English as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

In order to be admitted, you shall take the English language placement test on the date that will be indicated during admission procedures.

Candidates who meet the requirements listed in point 2 will undergo individual interviews to check that they have earned all the credits required for admission to the Master's Degree Programme. The interviews will be held on the dates published on the University website and on the Faculty of Humanities website.

In order to take the interview, candidates shall apply for admission according to the terms and procedures published on the University web portal  www.unimi.it every year upon the opening of admission procedures.

3) Graduates who obtained their degree abroad, provided that they have sufficient basic knowledge of the History of art, based on their previous university studies curriculum, and at least a B1 level in English as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), as well as an adequate command of the Italian language. All students who have obtained their degree abroad shall take an Italian language test administered by the University Language Service (Slam) immediately after enrolment, to formally prove that they can master the specialist vocabulary required by the Degree Programme. Anyone with a knowledge of Italian lower than B2 as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) shall attend a workshop of Italian as a foreign language (B2) and pass the relevant final exam before applying for the degree thesis and completing the programme.
Candidates holding a foreign degree shall apply for admission to the Master's Degree Programme in History and criticism of art according to the terms and procedures published on the University web portal www.unimi.it every year upon the opening of admission procedures for international students.

Admission requirements will be checked by a special commission, and candidates will be notified of the outcome of the assessment through the online procedure. Therefore, students with a foreign degree are normally not required to take an admission interview, unless the commission deems it appropriate. In this case, you could also have an online interview.

The Degree programme provides its students with Erasmus+ Programme opportunities at international universities in Europe belonging to the following linguistic areas: French, English, German, Spanish, along with a campus in the Czech Republic offering English-language coursework. Available campuses: Université de Paris Sorbonne - Paris IV - UFR Histoire de l'Art; Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tubingen - Kunsthistorisches Institut; JohannWolfgang-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main; Philipps-Universität Marburg; Technische Universität Dresden; Universität Karlsruhe; Universita Palackeho v Olomouci; Universidad de Santiago de Compostela.
For each campus, outgoing Erasmus students are offered three- to ten-month programme options, during which the student may sit for for-credit exams, which will then fully transfer into their own study plan. Students in a Master's degree programme may also use their time abroad to prepare their thesis, with the academic credit covered by their Erasmus scholarship.
Each year, all educational activities contemplated for the programme will be presented to interested students by the Erasmus contact person at an informational session; the data and educational information needed to submit the Learning Agreement are collected using designated forms posted each year to the Erasmus pages on the Faculty of Humanities' website (https://www.unimi.it/it/internazionale/studiare-allestero/partire-con-e…).
For incoming Erasmus students, the degree programme ensures the possibility of attending all lectures in Italian: students may arrange to have their programme be partially or entirely in English by contacting the individual instructor.
We have also launched a number of instructor exchanges, where our professors travel abroad to campuses as visiting professors, and their international counterparts come to teach in the Department of Cultural Heritage and Environment.

Course attendance not mandatory

Courses list

Optional programme year

Compulsory activity
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
English proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian Undefined
z - Students also have the following options:
- 9 credits to be allocated to other electives amongst those offered by the University of Milan, or to take a second year's course in a subject area, to be arranged with the instructor, of classes completed during the Bachelor's degree programme;
- 3 credits to be allocated to an educational workshop within the Master's degree programme, or to a workshop or internship in an art-history-related field.


By the end of the first academic year, students must decide on the topic for their Master's degree thesis in coordination with an instructor from an eligible subject within the degree programme. Together, student and instructor must develop a plan for the sequence of student-chosen coursework. Once the required 90 academic credits have been earned as required by these rules, the student will be eligible for the final examination to earn their Master's degree.
a - 9 CFU in one of the following subjects
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
History of medieval art (MA) 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ART/01
b - 9 CFU in one of the following subjects
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
History of modern art (MA) 9 60 Italian First semester L-ART/02
c - 9 CFU in one of the following subjects
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Sources, models and languages of contemporary art 9 60 Italian First semester L-ART/03
Artistic production and industrial society 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ART/03
d - 9 CFU in one of the following subjects (other than those already chosen from one of the previous groups)
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
History and criticism of verbo-visual art 9 60 Italian First semester L-ART/03
Sources, models and languages of contemporary art 9 60 Italian First semester L-ART/03
Artistic production and industrial society 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ART/03
History of artistic literature - second cycle 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ART/04
Musem Studies and History of Collections 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ART/04
f - 9 CFU in one of the following subjects (other than those already chosen from one of the previous groups)
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
History of artistic literature - second cycle 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ART/04
Musem Studies and History of Collections 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ART/04
e - 6 CFU in one of the following subjects
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Greek Archaeology LM 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/07
History of architecture 9 60 Italian Second semester ICAR/18
g - 6 CFU in one of the following subjects
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Contemporary history 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/04
Greek literature 9 60 Italian First semester L-FIL-LET/02
Italian philology 9 60 Italian First semester L-FIL-LET/13
Latin language 6 40 Italian First semester L-FIL-LET/04
Literary communication in Twentieth-century Italy 9 60 Italian First semester L-FIL-LET/11
Medieval history 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/01
Humanistic philology 9 60 Italian Second semester L-FIL-LET/08
Italian contemporary literature 9 60 Italian Second semester L-FIL-LET/11
Italian literature 9 60 Italian Second semester L-FIL-LET/10
Latin literature (Cultural Heritage) 9 60 Italian Second semester L-FIL-LET/04
Medieval Latin literature 9 60 Italian Second semester L-FIL-LET/08
Modern history 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/02
Romance philology 9 60 Italian Second semester L-FIL-LET/09
h - 18 CFU (9+9) in one of the following subjects (other than those already chosen a from a previous group)
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
History and criticism of verbo-visual art 9 60 Italian First semester L-ART/03
Social History of Art 9 60 Italian First semester L-ART/04
Artistic production and industrial society 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ART/03
History of architecture 9 60 Italian Second semester ICAR/18
History of Photography 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ART/03
Methods for teaching art history 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ART/04
Musem Studies and History of Collections 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ART/04
Final activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Final exam 30 0 Italian Undefined
Location
Milano
Head of study programme
Academic guidance tutor
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Study plan tutor
Quality Assurance Delegate
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