Learning objectives

The second-cycle degree course in History and Criticism of the Arts and the Performing Arts aims at acquiring knowledge, methodologies and tools for historical research in the history of the visual and performing arts; knowledge at the specialist level of art history from the Middle Ages to contemporary times and of the history of architecture, theatre direction and film criticism. It aims, among other things:

  • to achieve an in-depth awareness of the critical historical debate in the fields of art history, film and theatre and the acquisition of an analytical toolbox;
  • to provide an understanding of the dynamics relating to the organisation and management of the arts system;
  • to acquire all the theoretical and applied knowledge of the problems of the conservation, management, promotion and valorisation of the historical-artistic heritage and its institutions.

These objectives will be achieved through the articulation of the disciplines characterising the course in the field of art history, supplemented by examinations of a theoretical and methodological nature and related disciplines such as the History of theatrical staging and directing and that of film criticism.
The number of ECTS credits reserved for elective examinations will also allow students to broaden and customise their studies.
Traditional lectures will be complemented by seminar and laboratory activities. Particular attention will be paid to internships and workshops that allow students a direct relationship with institutions responsible for the preservation of cultural heritage and the training of art historians and critics, as well as the organisation of theatrical and film production and exhibition events.