Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS) in Visual Arts

Degree programme

Programme type Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS)
Academic Year 2017/2018
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 0977
Degree Programme Class LM-89 - Art history
Years in which the programme is being held I, II
Teaching mode Traditional lecture (classroom-taught)
Admission typology Open access with assessment of personal competencies
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Type Multiple degree
Inter-University programme UNIVERSITE' PARIS I PANTHEON - SORBONNE
Degree Programme Director Sandra Costa
Teachers Teachers
Language Italian

Programme profile

The second-cycle degree programme in Visual Arts aims to provide students with asolid art history grounding in the various areas covered by visual arts, fromthe medieval to the contemporary period, without omitting to focus on ancient arts and aspects of architecture and town planning.

Art history studies combine with artistic methodology, broadening the perspective for reading and interpreting art in all its manifestations.

Likewise,the rudiments of cultural heritage legislation and know-how culled from the humanities and history of literature will round out the history of art programme right from the first year and into the second, students will strike a course within the two learning areas featured in this programme: art history and art methodology, flanked by that of humanities and the history of literature.

In the second year, students will learn about archaeology and architecture by way of supplementary knowledge.

Expected learning outcomes

AREA OF LEARNING: HISTORICAL-ARTISTIC
The second cycle degree graduate:
– has an in-depth knowledge of artistic events, broken down into specific historical periods, and can understand their significance;
– is familiar with the historical-artistic events that took place in Italy, and can compare them with European events;
– has a detailed knowledge of contemporary art and can understand the current developments in the field.

AREA OF LEARNING: METHODOLOGICAL-ARTISTIC
The second cycle degree graduate:
– is familiar with the various types of methodological approaches;
– is familiar with the issues associated with managing collections and museum spaces.

AREA OF LEARNING: ARCHAEOLOGICAL-ARCHITECTURAL
The second cycle degree graduate:
– is familiar with the various aspects of ancient art;
– is familiar with the forms of the modern and contemporary city.


AREA OF LEARNING: HUMAN SCIENCES AND HISTORICAL-LITERARY FIELD
The second cycle degree graduate:
– can place ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary artistic creations in their relevant historical contexts;
– can relate artistic production to other areas of cultural life;
– is familiar with the legislation surrounding cultural heritage.

ABILITY TO APPLY KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:
AREA OF LEARNING: HISTORICAL-ARTISTIC
The second cycle degree graduate:
– can apply philological methods, and can place individual visual arts' themes in the wider context of historical development;
– can carry out documentary, bibliographical and iconographic research, using physical and electronic catalogues;
– can critically analyse a work based on inventory and catalogue cards;
– can produce original texts on the materials analysed for research and dissemination purposes;
– can apply the knowledge obtained to teaching art and using visual arts in an educational context.

AREA OF LEARNING: METHODOLOGICAL-ARTISTIC
The second cycle degree graduate:
– can apply various art history methodological approaches and combine them usefully;
– can apply methodological knowledge to setting up exhibition events.

AREA OF LEARNING: ARCHAEOLOGICAL-ARCHITECTURAL
The second cycle degree graduate:
– can distinguish between the various periods of ancient art;
– can analyse the evolution of urban planning from the modern to the contemporary period.

AREA OF LEARNING: HUMAN SCIENCES AND HISTORICAL-LITERARY FIELD
The second cycle degree graduate:
– can combine art history with historical-literary, aesthetic, anthropological, ethnosemiotic and theatre knowledge.
– can apply legal regulations regarding cultural heritage.

MAKING JUDGEMENTS:
The second cycle degree graduate:
– can develop and apply original ideas, in a historical-artistic research context;
– understands and resolves problems relating to new themes in the field of visual arts;
– can identify the influence of art on other cultural phenomena;
– can assess the role of conservation and protection of artistic heritage, in and of itself and with regard to its appreciation and promotion in social and economic life;
– can navigate the international art world.

Students' independent judgement is developed and assessed in particular via:
– university lectures, and studying textbooks and the recommended source materials for the course;
– specific organised research on in-depth themes, sometimes working as a group or collectively;
– practical work;
– writing papers;
– seminars;
– internship experience;
– periods of study abroad, both to sit and pass individual exams and to prepare for or develop the degree programme dissertation.

These skills are assessed by:
– sitting and passing individual exams;
– writing and presenting final papers for the individual courses;
– preparing and discussing the degree programme dissertation.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:

The second cycle degree graduate:
– can effectively communicate specialist discipline-specific content in oral and written form;
– can use different communication registers, depending on who they are communicating with;
– can interact in public speaking situations and in heterogeneous working groups.

The communication skills referred to above are developed through:
– written exams that require advanced presentation and argumentation skills;
– the preparation and discussion of written final papers;
– the preparation and discussion of the degree programme dissertation;
– curricular internships.

These skills are assessed by:
– sitting and passing individual exams;
– writing and presenting final papers for the individual courses;
– preparing and discussing the degree programme dissertation.

LEARNING SKILLS:
The second cycle degree graduate:
- possesses knowledge that allows them to develop the learning skills required to remain constantly and independently up-to-date;
- uses IT tools independently to remain up-to-date and further their education, and can learn to use specific IT programmes to manage artistic heritage;
- can assess and apply discipline-specific analysis, interpretation, criticism and communication principles, including in various working and planning contexts;
- can prepare for post-graduate processes and exams;
- can further their professional training by attending specialisation schools, professional master's programmes (2nd level) and further education courses, or by undertaking a research doctorate.

These skills are acquired by:
– preparing for exams during the degree programme;
– writing final papers as part of individual exams;
– preparing the degree programme dissertation.

These skills are assessed by:
– sitting and passing individual exams;
– writing and presenting final papers for the individual courses;
– preparing and discussing the degree programme dissertation.

Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master universitario di secondo livello.

Career opportunities

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE:
Museum curator and conservator

ROLE IN A PROFESSIONAL CONTEXT:
The museum curator and conservator – acting variously as conservator, curator, gallery manager or director – carries out research, assesses and ensures that artefacts of historical and cultural or artistic interest, or works of art, are preserved; they make documentation available in digital or analogue form and organise promotional activities, exhibitions and events. There is a specific post-graduate specialisation route to qualify as a professional museum curator and conservator.

They:
– organise exhibitions within the museum;
– preserve works of art;
– coordinate the routine and non-routine maintenance of the building;
– manage and/or coordinate human resources;
– catalogue and/or archive the works held in the museum;
– manage interactions with the institutions;
– promote the museum;
– check and update the art catalogue;
– coordinate the building's activities and manage its organisation;
– manage and/or analyse financial resources;
– organise events;
– coordinate the restoration of works of art;
– research and remain up-to-date;
– oversee interactions with visitors;
– manage and promote cultural programmes;
– study the artefacts and materials;
– plan projects to promote the museum;
– check the safety conditions;
– apply for and obtain funding;
– create tourist itineraries around the museum;
– organise the museum's educational activities;
– assess works of art;
– coordinate research activities;
– organise documentation of the works of art in digital format;
– produce scientific publications (articles, essays, books, etc.).

SKILLS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ROLE:
– Knowledge of the specific lexicon;
– knowledge of word processing programmes and archive and database management techniques;
– knowledge of foreign languages;
– knowledge of the legislation surrounding cultural heritage;
– the ability to communicate effectively, in a manner appropriate to the person they are addressing;
– the ability to coordinate their actions and those of others;
– assessing the costs and benefits of various potential actions to select the most appropriate.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
– Museums;
– public bodies (municipal, provincial and regional administration bodies) in the culture and education sectors;
– Soprintendenze [State Heritage Offices];
– public, private and third sector institutes involved in the protection and appreciation of historical and artistic heritage;
– cultural services and promotion companies;
– private art galleries;
– foundations;
– documentation centres.


PROFESSIONAL PROFILE:
Art expert

ROLE IN A PROFESSIONAL CONTEXT:
The art expert – acting variously as art critic, figurative art expert and art historian – carries out research in the field of art history and aesthetic production, and applies that knowledge to assess, identify and promote art works and artists.

They:
– organise exhibitions or events;
– assess art works;
– promote art works and artists;
– produce scientific publications (articles, essays, books, etc.);
– prepare reports;
– select art works and artists;
– manage interactions with the artists;
– write reviews and articles;
– write and edit promotional texts for exhibitions (catalogues, adverts, etc.);
– coordinate or direct art series;
– visit or participate in exhibitions and art shows;
– research and keep up-to-date;
– research and rediscover the work of past artists;
– undertake teaching activities;
– belong to institutional bodies;
– manage interactions with art critics;
– manage interactions with publishing houses;
– manage art galleries;
– participate in scientific debates (conferences, conventions, seminars, etc.);
– manage interactions with institutes;
– provide consultancy services to customers;
– sell and buy art works

SKILLS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ROLE:
– knowledge of foreign languages;
– knowledge of the legislation surrounding cultural heritage;
– the ability to communicate effectively, in a manner appropriate to the person they are addressing;
– the ability to coordinate their actions and those of others;
– assessing the costs and benefits of various potential actions to select the most appropriate.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
– Traditional and online publishing;
– public and private radio and television stations;
– private and public art galleries;
– auction houses.


PROFESSIONAL PROFILE:
Art editor

ROLE IN A PROFESSIONAL CONTEXT:
The art editor – acting variously as radio or television editor, or press or online article editor – collects, reports and comments upon news in the art world (cultural events, exhibitions, etc.); they carry out interviews on art-related matters; they review, select and arrange articles and other informational materials for publication, in accordance with privacy laws.

They:
– revise texts, to make them more usable;
– collaborate with other editing sectors;
– analyse the features and technical details of editorial products (press, online, radio, television);
– oversee updates to textbooks;
– oversee the translation of texts into foreign language;
– collect data or information on editorial products;
– decide on the layout of the texts;
– research and oversee the publication of images (photographic reproductions, drawings, technical drawings etc.);
– analyse and apply current regulations;
– coordinate the stages of the printing process;
– manage interactions with customers;
– organise work and activities;
– plans new products.

SKILLS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ROLE:
– Knowledge of the specific lexicon;
– knowledge of word processing programmes and archive and database management techniques;
– knowledge of foreign languages;
– knowledge of the legislation surrounding copyright;
– the ability to communicate effectively, in a manner appropriate to the person they are addressing;
– the ability to coordinate their actions and those of others.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
– Traditional and online publishing;
– public and private radio and television stations;
– museum press offices, foundations.