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Info 2023/2024

Degree type
Master degree course
Duration and credits
Free access
Teaching mode
Taxes and fees
From 0 to 3000 euros per year. Find out if you are entitled to scholarships and exemptions
International partnerships
Student exchange
Head of programme
To learn more about the Course visit the dedicated section
Degree programme table a.y. 2023/2024
Degree programme plan 2023/2024
Degree regulations 2023/2024

The course in brief


The master's degree course trains art historians specializing in the medieval, modern, contemporary fields and in the areas of art criticism and art techniques, as well as in the field of protection and enhancement of the historical artistic heritage.

Provides the cultural tools for

  • understand and historically evaluate the Italian and international artistic heritage
  • contribute to defend and preserve it in its unique and irreplaceable civil role
  • know it, manage it and enhance it professionally
  • .

Learning by doing

The traditional lectures are enriched by:

  • lessons-itinerary in the city
  • visits to exhibitions in Genoa and other cities in Italy
  • trips to Italy and abroad
  • visits to public and private restoration laboratories and discussions with practitioners
  • outreach activities
  • in-depth collateral seminars
  • conferences and workshops
  • professionalizing internships and apprenticeships at companies in the sector and public museums.

It is possible to do part of the course abroad (Erasmus, École du Louvre).

Professional outlets

The graduate of this master's degree program, continuing his or her studies in some cases with the Graduate School and/or the Ph.D. program, can become:

  • doctor of art history in school settings
  • functional art historian in the Ministry of Culture or in local authorities
  • conservator and director of state, local or private museum
  • university researcher
  • expert in antiques and the art market

What you will learn

  • arti monumentali del medioevo europeo

    architettura e arti figurative e applicate medievali in un'ottica europea

  • storia dell'arte moderna nei paesi europei

    rapporto paesaggio-figura umana nella rappresentazione artistica tra XVI e XIX secolo

  • metodologie per lo studio dell'arte contemporanea

    entrando in contatto con artisti e curatori

  • metodologia della ricerca storico-artistica

    i principali orientamenti critici su cui si fonda la storia dell'arte

  • iconografia e iconologia

    dall'analisi iconologica 'classica' fino ai più recenti sviluppi della disciplina

  • storia della grafica in età contemporanea

    storia del design grafico e dell'illustrazione dalle origini ai giorni nostri

  • storia della scultura in età contemporanea

    evoluzione tecnica e concettuale della scultura

  • arti applicate del medioevo

    analizzare l'ampio ventaglio delle arti applicate medievali in un'ottica europea

  • gestione delle risorse museali

    comprendere la funzione che il Codice dei Beni Culturali attribuisce ai musei come luoghi della cultura

  • laboratorio di autoimprenditorialità

    come inquadrare azioni di tutela e valorizzazione in una dimensione imprenditoriale

  • storia e tecnica del restauro

    conoscere la teoria e metodi del restauro moderno attraverso incontri con restauratori

  • laboratorio di Digital Humanities

    fare ricerca in campo storico artistico usando le risorse elettroniche


The wealth of artistic and cultural heritage is a characteristic element of Italian identity. Italy's image abroad derives from the special connection between a multifaceted territory and landscape and the works that qualify and distinguish them: cities, churches, palaces, monuments and museums. Studying the history of art in Italy has a special civic significance and value and so does working in one of the many fields related to this field.

Any investment of resources on heritage is productive. Opportunities for professional employment are increasing in the different fields-study, management, conservation and restoration, new technologies, communication-and we can all see that from this heritage our country gains prestige, wealth, work.

The Master's Course in Art History trains specialists who can work in many sectors of the economic system that gravitates around art and artistic heritage. Therefore, in the course

  • the history of art of the past and present
  • is studied.
  • attention is paid to the newest artistic trends
  • several methodological and supporting disciplines are provided
  • legislation and management of cultural heritage and business creation are studied
  • several educational and professionalizing activities are planned
  • there is a wide range of optional subjects, so that everyone can follow their own inclinations and predilections.


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Welcome to the Master's Degree Program in Art History and Art Heritage Enhancement


Coordinatore del Corso

Per completare il tuo percorso di triennale in chiave professionalizzante, per essere competitivo nell'ambito della disciplina che ami, la storia dell'arte, per darti una buona opportunità in previsione del periodo successivo alla laurea, ti consiglio di iscriverti a questo corso. Siamo tutti docenti disponibili, con un'intensa attività di ricerca ad ampio raggio, a garanzia della nostra competenza e passione. Il metodo di studio dell'opera d'arte, dal punto di vista formale e contenutistico, ha permesso a svariati storici dell'arte formati nel nostro Ateneo di ottenere ruoli importanti nella docenza, nella tutela, nella direzione museale, nella divulgazione scientifica: ambisci a far parte anche tu delle generazioni future.

Where we are

The headquarters of the School of Humanities and its related departments are distributed in the area around Via Balbi and Piazza della Nunziata. Some of these palaces are historical palaces of the city of Genoa, called "Palazzi dei Rolli".

For the distribution of the Departments see the acronyms:
DAFIST = Department of Antiquities, Philosophy and History
DIRAAS = Department of Italianistics, Romanistics, Antiquities, Arts and Entertainment
DLCM = Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

  • via Balbi 2 (Palazzo Balbi Cattaneo): presidency, Aula Magna, classrooms number 1 to number 9, DAFIST and DIRAAS faculty offices and studios, Library
  • via Balbi 4 (Palazzo Balbi Senarega): Humanities Single Student Desk, classrooms E, F, G, H, M, N, P, offices and studios of DAFIST faculty, DIRAAS, Library
  • via Balbi 6 (Palazzo Balbi Raggio): classrooms I, Q, R, S, Library of the School of Humanities
  • via Balbi 30: DAFIST faculty studios
  • via delle Fontane 10: Teaching Hub, classrooms A through M and Aula Magna, LaLim Laboratory
  • piazza Santa Sabina 2: DLCM faculty offices and studios, Library

Read more

You will find the contact details of the following reference offices helpful:


Humanities Student One-Stop Shop

Via Balbi 4 - ground floor
16126 Genoa
+39 010 209 51690

You can write to
to get information about:

  • registrations and enrollments;
  • transfers; course transitions
  • recognitions from previous careers
  • admission to pathways aimed at enrollment in master's degrees (Bridge Careers)
  • resumption of studies
  • suspension and waiver of studies
  • request for certificates
  • request for duplicates
  • enrollment in individual educational activities

You can write to
to obtain information:

  • general about Courses of Study
  • on the Study Plans
  • on the graduation application

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