History and Criticism of Art

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History and Criticism of Art
Course sheet
A.Y. 2021/2022
Master programme
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 hone the historical-artistic knowledge developed during the Bachelor's degree programme in a historical, philological, stylistic, iconographic and methodological sense, while introducing the themes of conservation and management of the works of art, as well as the methods for their study. It is an open-admission programme for students holding the required educational background, i.e. a Bachelor's degree in history of art. The core courses of the programme include the main historical-artistic disciplines, a course of archaeology or history of architecture, a historical or literary course and a methodological course. Training activities are organized on a six-month basis and include, in addition to institutional courses, workshops, seminars and internships at museums and organizations in the field of artistic heritage protection, study and enhancement. A key part of training is research work with a view to writing the degree thesis.
Graduates from this programme may continue their studies through a postgraduate school or PhD, or work in public and private entities and institutions in the fields of protection, study, conservation and education on historical-artistic heritage, including in management roles.
In order to qualify as tier-II Art Historian pursuant to Ministerial Decree no. 244 of 20 May 2019, which regulates access to cultural heritage professions, students must build their study plans around the following subjects: LART/01, L-ART/02, L-ART/03 and L-ART/04 (for the group of 18-credit elective exams and the 9-credit exam at the student's choice).

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The degree programme provides its students with specific Erasmus+ opportunities at European universities in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, plus a university in the Czech Republic where courses are taught in English. Available locations: Université de Paris Sorbonne - Paris IV - UFR Histoire de l'Art; Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen - Kunsthistorisches Institut; Johann Wolfgang - Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main; Philipps-Universität Marburg; Technische Universität Dresden; Universität Karlsruhe; Univerzita Palackeho v Olomouci; Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. For each location, Erasmus outgoing students have options ranging from 3 to 10 months, during which they can follow courses and take exams that will be recognized as an integral part of the degree programme. They can also combine this activity with research for the preparation of their Master's thesis, which will count towards the number of credits covered by the Erasmus scholarship. Every year, all teaching activities included in the programme are presented to interested students by the Erasmus manager in a specific informative meeting. The data and educational information required for submitting the Learning Agreement are also collected in special information sheets posted to the Erasmus page of the Faculty of Humanities https://www.unimi.it/en/node/12884/

If you are and incoming Erasmus student, you can attend all classes in Italian. If you wish, you can agree with individual instructors on a programme partly or entirely in English. Moreover, teaching staff exchange agreements are in place with many partner universities, including visiting professor programmes for our faculty members abroad and for foreign colleagues at our institution, within the programmes of the Department of Cultural and Environmental Heritage.

Attendance is highly recommended for courses.

Attendance is mandatory for laboratories.

Enrollment

Qualifications and knowledge required for admission

1) Graduates of the University of Milan in the following Bachelor's degree classes may be admitted to the Master's degree programme in History and Criticism of Art, subject to an assessment of knowledge and curricular requirements:

L-01 Studies in Cultural Heritage

L-10 Humanities

L-42 History

provided they have earned at least 27 credits in the following academic fields: 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 and art criticism and restoration. The additional 33 statutory credits have been earned by the students during their Bachelor's programme.

Moreover, they must prove English proficiency at or above B1 level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 

Assessment of the candidate's knowledge and educational background referred to in point 1)

In order to access the assessment of curricular requirements, candidates meeting the criteria listed in point 1 must submit an application in compliance with the deadlines and procedures that will be posted to the University web portal upon the opening of admissions:

https://www.unimi.it/node/183/

The requirements referred to in point 1 will be assessed by a special board. Candidates meeting the above-mentioned curricular requirements who have obtained a Bachelor's degree with a score of 96 or higher will be automatically admitted and will be notified electronically. Therefore, there will be no admission interview.

Candidates meeting the aforementioned curricular requirements who have obtained their Bachelor's degree with a score lower than 96/110 will be required to sit an interview with the admission board on one of the dates listed in the notices section of the degree programme website: https://arte.cdl.unimi.it/it/avvisi

During the interview, the admission board will assess the adequacy of their basic knowledge of the history of art.

 

2) The following graduates may also be admitted to the Master's degree programme in History and Criticism of Art, subject to an assessment of knowledge and curriculum requirements through the admission interview:

- 2a - Graduates of the University of Milan in the following Bachelor's degree classes:

L-05 Philosophy,

L-06 Geography,

L-11 Modern languages and civilizations,

L-20 Communication,

and graduates from other universities in the following Bachelor's degree classes:

L-01 Cultural heritage studies,

L-05 Philosophy,

L-06 Geography,

L-10 Humanities,

L-11 Modern languages and civilizations,

L-20 Communication,

L-42 History

provided they have earned at least 60 credits in the following academic fields:

- at least 9 CFU in L-FIL-LET/10 - Italian literature;

- at least 9 CFU in M-STO/01 - Medieval history; M-STO/02 - Modern history; M-STO/04 - Contemporary history;

- at least 27 CFU in 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 CFU 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 Computer science; IUS/10 - Administrative law; L-ANT/02 - Greek history; L-ANT/03 - Roman history; LANT/04 Numismatics; L-ANT/07 - Classical 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 and art criticism and restoration; 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;

LFIL-LET/04 - Latin language and literature; L-FIL-LET/07 - Byzantine civilization; L-FIL-LET/08 - Medieval and humanistic Latin 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, provided they have an English language proficiency at B1 level or higher under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

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

- at least 9 CFU in L-FIL-LET/10 - Italian literature;

- at least 9 CFU in M-STO/01 - Medieval history; M-STO/02 - Modern history; M-STO/04 - Contemporary history;

- at least 27 CFU in 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 CFU in ICAR/15 - Landscape architecture; ICAR/18 - History of architecture; 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 CFU in BIO/08 - Anthropology; CHIM/02 - Physical chemistry; FIS/07 - Applied physics; GEO/01 - Paleontology and paleoecology; INF/01 - Computer science; IUS/10 - Administrative law; L-ANT/02 - Greek history; L-ANT/03 - Roman history; L-ANT/04 - Numismatics; L-ANT/07 - Classical Archaeology; 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.

Moreover, they must prove English proficiency at or above B1 level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 

- 2c - Graduates whose previous university curriculum provides a sufficient basic knowledge of History, History of Italian literature and History of art, and who have an English language proficiency at B1 level or higher under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

 

Assessment of the candidate's knowledge and educational background referred to in point 2 (2a-2b-2c)

In order to access the assessment of knowledge and curricular requirements, candidates meeting the criteria listed in point 2 must submit an application for admission in compliance with the deadlines and procedures that will be posted to the University web portal upon the opening of admissions: https://www.unimi.it/node/183/

The assessment of knowledge and curricular requirements for candidates meeting the criteria set out in point 2, for the purposes of admission to the Master's degree programme, will be carried out through interviews to be held on the dates listed in the notices section of the degree programme website

https://arte.cdl.unimi.it/it/avvisi

During the interview, the admission board will assess the adequacy of their basic knowledge of the history of art.

3) Graduates who have obtained their degree abroad (international students), following a curriculum of university studies ensuring a sufficient basic knowledge of the history of art, English and Italian language proficiency at B1 level or higher under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) may also be admitted to the programme.

Assessment of the candidate's knowledge and educational background referred to in point 3)

Candidates holding a foreign degree must apply for admission to the Master's degree programme in History and Criticism of Art according to the deadlines and procedures posted to the University web portal (https://www.unimi.it/node/183/) upon the opening of admissions for international students.

Admission requirements will be checked by a special board 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 board deems it appropriate. In this case, the interview may also be online.

For the purposes of assessing Italian language proficiency, international students holding a certificate of B1 level or higher under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) must submit it through the online admission procedure. The list of recognized Italian language certificates, with the indication of their duration, is posted to the website of the University Language Centre - SLAM at https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/competenzelinguistiche/test-e-corsi-di-italiano.

Those who do not hold a certificate will be required to take an Italian language test upon enrolment. The test is delivered by SLAM to formally ascertain the candidate's Italian language skills, with regard to specialist terminology required by the degree programme. The test dates will be posted to: https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/competenze-linguistiche/test-e-corsi-di-italiano

The following students will be waived from the Italian language assessment requirement:

- Those holding a language certificate at a B1 level or higher, as submitted during the admission procedure;

- Those meeting B2 level requirements;

- Italian nationals who have obtained a Bachelor's degree abroad;

- Those holding an Italian upper-secondary school diploma (including diplomas earned through a 4- or 5-year programme at an Italian school based abroad).

In order to obtain their degree, students must be proficient in Italian at a B2 level or higher.

Students who fail to achieve a B2 level or higher will have to attend a workshop of Italian as a Foreign Language (B2 level) and pass the related final test before they can apply for their thesis and complete their studies.

The following students will be waived from the Italian language (B2 level) assessment requirement:

- Italian nationals who have obtained a Bachelor's degree abroad;

- Those holding an Italian upper-secondary school diploma (including diplomas earned through a 4- or 5-year programme at an Italian school based abroad);

- Students holding a degree obtained abroad through a study programme mainly taught in Italian;

- Those holding a language certificate at a B2 level or higher, as submitted during the admission procedure.

English language proficiency requirement for all candidates referred to in points 1, 2 and 3.

For all candidates, proficiency in English at a B1 level or higher, under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), is required for admission.

The B1-level requirement will be ascertained by the University Language Centre (SLAM) upon admission as follows:

- language certificate obtained no more than 3 years earlier, of B1 or higher (for the list of language certificates recognized by the University, see the website

https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/competenze-linguistiche/placement-test-e-corsi-di-inglese/test-di-ingresso-diinglese).

The certificate must be uploaded when submitting the online application;

- English level achieved during a Bachelor's degree programme through SLAM courses and tests. The test must have been passed within the last four years. Our offices will perform an internal check, without the applicant having to attach any statements;

- placement test delivered by SLAM, which will take place on the dates posted to the website:

https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/competenze-linguistiche/placement-test-e-corsi-di-inglese/test-di-ingresso-diinglese

All those who fail to submit a valid certificate or do not meet the required proficiency level will be invited to take the test through the admission procedure.

Candidates who do not sit or pass the placement test will have until December 31, 2021 to obtain and submit a recognized certificate to SLAM.

Students who do not meet the requirement by December 31 will not be admitted to the Master's degree programme and may not sit further tests.

In order to be admitted to academic year 2021-22, candidates must meet all admission requirements (degree, any single exams, English language proficiency) by December 31, 2021.

The application for admission to the Master's degree programme must be submitted no later than August 27, 2021. Enrolment will be open from July 15 to September 30, 2021, while those who graduate by December 31, 2021 must enrol by January 15, 2022.

At the time of submitting the application for admission, students who have not yet graduated and intend to enrol on this programme must have earned at least 130 credits in their Bachelor's degree programme.

Admission

Application for admission: from 12/03/2021 to 27/08/2021

Application for matriculation: from 01/04/2021 to 30/09/2021


Please note

Admitted students who have already graduated must enroll by 30 September 2021, while those who will achieve the qualification or requirements set by 31 December 2021 must enroll by 15 January 2022.

Programme description and 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 Open sessions
i - Moreover, the student may allocate:
- 9 CFU to other electives chosen from the courses offered by the University of Milan, or to two-year courses, to be agreed with the instructors of any courses taken during the Bachelor's programme
- 3 CFU to a workshop run through the Master's degree programme or to an internship in the field of the history of art.


By the end of the first academic year, the student must agree on the topic of their Master's degree thesis, and discuss electives, with the instructor of a core discipline of the programme. After earning the required 90 credits, in compliance with these rules, the student may sit the final exam and obtain their Master's degree.
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
Roman Archaeology LM 9 60 Italian First semester L-ANT/07
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
Italian philology 9 60 Italian First semester L-FIL-LET/13
Latin language 6 40 Italian First semester L-FIL-LET/04
Latin literature (MA) 6 40 Italian First semester L-FIL-LET/04
Medieval history 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/01
Greek literature 9 60 Italian Second semester L-FIL-LET/02
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
Literary communication in Twentieth-century Italy 9 60 Italian Second semester L-FIL-LET/11
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
Methods for teaching art history 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ART/04
Photography and New Media in Contemporary Art 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ART/03
a - 9 credits in
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 credits in
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
History of modern art (MA) 9 60 Italian First semester L-ART/02
Final activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Final exam 30 0 Italian Open sessions
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