Master of Arts on Arts and Spectacle History and Criticism

University of Parma

Program Description

Master of Arts on Arts and Spectacle History and Criticism

University of Parma

Official Program Description


5 places available for non-EU citizens, including 2 places reserved for Chinese citizens

The II level Master’s Degree in History of Art and Entertainment Industry History and Art Criticism is founded on a tradition of studies and research established on the overcoming of hierarchies and disciplinary divisions and on the analysis of forms of expression in a historical perspective.

The objectives of the course are:

  • to acquire knowledge of the methodologies of research and acquisition of the tools of research in the history of the arts (visual and performing);
  • to acquire a specialist level of knowledge of the history of art from the Middle Ages to the contemporary and of the historic theatre, performing arts and cinema;
  • to acquire an awareness of the critical historical debate, in the fields of art, film, performing arts and theatre history and the acquisition of deep critical skills;
  • to acquire the comprehension of the dynamics relating to the organization and management of the arts;
  • to acquire theoretical and applied knowledge of the problems of conservation, management, promotion and enhancement of cultural heritage.

These objectives will be achieved through the articulation of specific subjects on the courses in art history (History of the Arts from Middle Ages to the present and History of Art Criticism, History of Theatre and Dramaturgy, and History of Cinema) supplemented by theoretical and methodological courses (Aesthetics and Information science).

Students will have the opportunity to expand and personalize their curriculum with 1 or 2 free choice examinations. The traditional lectures will be supplemented by seminars and workshops. Particular attention will be devoted to internships that will allow students a direct relationship with the institutions responsible for the conservation of cultural heritage and of theatre and cinema production activities.


To be enrolled at the II level master’s degree the student must possess a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification with ECTS in the history of art, from the middle ages to the present, and on the history of cinema and performing arts. Upon review of the credentials of an applicant seeking regular admission to the II level Master’s degree, an Academic Committee will evaluate the preparation and the respect of the requirements for the admission to the course.


Graduates in History and criticism of the arts and entertainment industry will acquire the skills to analyze critically and with independent judgment the different issues related to the study, conservation and protection and promotion of cultural heritage and cinema and performing arts.

The graduate will be able to treat, organize and coordinate with autonomy exhibitions, art exhibitions, theatrical film and all editorial activities relating to these areas, identifying the critical literature specific and necessary documentation.

The graduate will also be able to identify the skills necessary to create activities that require a level of specialization.

The level of these skills will be tested as part of individual lessons, within the seminars and the final tests, on the occasion of the training activities and Finally, in the preparation and discussion of the thesis.



  • Cultural Heritage Law - 6 c.f.u.
  • Aesthetics - 6 c.f.u.
  • Information and Documentation Science - 12 c.f.u.
  • History of American cinema - 6 c.f.u.
  • History of medieval architecture - 6 c.f.u.
  • Renaissance Art History - 6 c.f.u.
  • Modern and contemporary Art Critic - 6 c.f.u.


  • Contemporary art practices (History and theory of art exhibitions + Video art and Visual communication) - 12 c.f.u.
  • Dramaturgy - 12 c.f.u.
  • History of Contemporary Art - 6 c.f.u.
  • Free Choice exam - 12 c.f.u. (one or two exams)
  • Laboratory - 6 c.f.u.
  • Traininingship - 6 c.f.u.
  • Final exam - 18 c.f.u.


The graduate of the II level master’s degree can access the museum and any other art and cultural institutions career.


The final thesis, (24 credits), involves the preparation of a written paper of at least 100 pages (2000 characters each), excluding bibliography, which must be original in nature and that the student will have to complete under the guidance of a Rapporteur identified among the holders of the teachings contained in the plan of study.

The teacher, as a speaker, will discuss with the student the subject of research, verify the capability of selection and analysis of the critical literature; the ability to develop research by identifying the specific documentation; the ability to set in an original way the structure of the treatment and the ability of argument with respect to the arguments presented.

The final evaluation of the thesis, which will be discussed by the student with a committee appointed in accordance with the provisions of the University didactic rules, will take into account:

  • the overall career of the student;
  • the maturity shown by the student in the analysis of critical debate and in the identification the methodology of analysis than the chosen theme;
  • the ability to identify new interpretive hypotheses and criticism or the ability to add new contributions bringing to light new elements compared to the state of the art studies;
  • the mastery of specific vocabulary and ability in building the discussion;
  • the arrangements for the conduct of the defense of the thesis with the rapporteur and the members of the Committee.
This school offers programs in:
  • Italian

Last updated December 27, 2017
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This course is Campus based
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Oct. 2019
2 years
Full time
Italy - Parma, Emilia-Romagna
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