Academic year 2017/2018


Basic Information

Qualification awarded


Qualification Type/Level

EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6

Number of Years/credits

2 years; 120 ECTS

Mode of Study


*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.

Name of Course Director and other contact information

President of the Degree Course Council:


Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Arturo Marzano

Language of Teaching


Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

Italian First cycle qualification (Laurea) or foreign equivalent in the same or related subject area, with possible extra work if required competences are lacking.

Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences

Assessment of competences acquired in First Cycle studies in related or un-related subject areas to determine admission by Degree Programme Council with possible assignment of extra work to be done before admission.

Required knowledge and competences support programmes

Students whose curricula show lacuna may need to take extra first cycle course units before admission.

General Information

Programme Profile

The degree course aims to foster cross fertilization between
complementary, though different subjects. Through its core subjects shared
by the two specific classes –LM-65 (performing arts, new media and music) and
LM-89 (History of Art)—the degree course provides a solid
historiographical and methodological foundation for use in research and
critical analysis in diversified areas such as the visual arts, spectacle
and theatre, cinema, new media and music. The degree programme recognizes
the importance of foreign languages and information technology and
encourages their active use and learning. The acquisition of practical
skills is pursued in special workshops and labs.

Key Learning Outcomes

The MA programme prepares historians of the visual and performing arts and
new media who, thanks to their sound training in museology and history of
museums, can aspire to employment as curators and conservators. Graduates
will also be able to seek employment in the publishing industry, in
specialized journalism, in culture tourism, as well in the promotion and
interpretation of the cultural heritage. Art historians may also find
employment in the art market. Graduates who have focussed on the LM-65
class will be able to create and develop theatrical, multimedia and music
projects, and organize events.

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

The historical basis and methodology provided by the CDSM helps to form a
class of historians of the visual arts, performing arts, new media and music
able to settle in different areas and in different historical contexts and
versatile enough to adapt to various job profiles, such as historical and
art experts, entertainment, film directors and screenwriters.

Access to further study

The Laurea Magistrale degree in HISTORY AND FORMS OF THE VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS AND NEW MEDIA allows the graduate to compete for entry into a Third Cycle programme/doctoral school.

Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading

Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).

**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.

Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification

At the master's thesis is accessed after earning 97 credits according to the program of study chosen. The test will consist of a written thesis or multimedia product with its written paper aims to demonstrate the skills of analysis, structuring logic of a

Course structure diagram

Available courses