Master of Arts in Fine Arts


Programme Description

The Master in Fine Arts is the natural continuation of the Bachelor of Arts in Painting and Visual Arts and Sculpture and Installations. Nevertheless, it may also be attended by students who come from other educational backgrounds and who wish to complete their studies by studying contemporary art.

The Master of Arts is divided into 3 curricula: Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking, which share the same structure and vocation. These courses are in English and are the best solution to perfect, enrich and enhance the preparation of artists, creative professionals and cultural operators. During each academic year, 6 one-week master classes will involve students in many projects under the guidance of internationally renowned artists and professionals.

In a strongly stimulating and practical environment, students will have the opportunity of studying in an in-depth manner all of the practical and theoretical aspects related to each curriculum and to contemporary art such as: installations, performances, video art, public art, art criticism and art market.

Nowadays artists are multidisciplinary professionals that are increasingly in demand by companies and creative realities that value their ability to find innovative and surprising visual and design solutions. The artist works closely with companies and businesses, for the success of projects and events. The 21st century artist is one who transforms the perception of reality by creating new aesthetics and many different worlds. For this reason, studying Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking through this Master of Arts is an investment for the future of our culture.

The Painting curriculum gives great importance to the history and mechanisms that originate painting, tackling them through the study of fundamental subjects such as iconography and anatomical drawing, phenomenology of contemporary arts, art management. But at the same time it also allows students to deepen their knowledge in innovative languages; graphical, pictorial, plastic or technological.

Through the Sculpture curriculum students learn how dominate matter and space, and how finds their artistic voice. At the same time they learn how to enter the contemporary artistic scene by studying specific subjects such as performative techniques, sculpture techniques, psychology of art.

The Printmaking curriculum prepares students to face any type of request in the field of art and graphics (including publishing), by relying on their ability to recognize beauty and recreate it through specific techniques and technologies. Traditional and innovative studies broaden the professional possibilities of the artists. Printmaking, experimental plate engraving techniques and illustration are some of the specific subjects. Academy Degrees are equivalent to Master’s university degrees. The course is available only in English language.

Professional opportunities and outcomes
Graduates from the Visual Arts program will be capable of working as artists and in the world of art education, as well as in the many creative professions related to the world of art: as cultural mediators, gallery owners, cultural managers, curators, printmakers.

Lecturers: Gianna Bentivenga, Simone Cametti, Fabrizio Dell’Arno, Davide Dormino, Umberto Giovannini, Marta Jovanovic, Sarah Linford, Alida Massari. Masterclass with Visiting Professor: Anusc Castiglioni, Thomas Gosebruch, Nick Morley.

MA in Fine Arts Suggested training program – Visual Arts Department

Year Subject CFA Hours
I Year Iconography & anatomical drawing 8 100
  Engraving techniques - Graphic arts 8 100
  Painting 1 12 150
  Visual arts techniques and technologies 6 75
  Performative techniques 6 75
  Illustration 6 75
  Psychology of art 6 45
  Pedagogy and art teaching 6 45
  Internship/workshop 2 /
II Year Photography 8 100
  Painting 2 12 150
  Phenomenology of contemporary arts 6 45
  Digital image processing 6 75
  Art management 6 45
  Internship / workshop 6 /
  Optional subject 6 /
  Thesis 10 /
Total Credits 120  

Admission to the Master of Arts programs

To be admitted to the Master of Arts programs you will need to submit:

  • Bachelor’s Degree. Recognized through a “Declaration of Value in Loco (DV)” and legalization of the qualification (to be requested at the Italian Embassy / Consulate of your Country).
  • A certificate stating that you have an adequate level of Italian or English (depending on if you wish to attend an MA in Italian or English), achieved over the last 10 years. If you have achieved your qualification in an English/Italian speaking Country, or if the program you attended was in English/Italian you may not be required to submit a language certification.
  • For non-EU students: a study visa is required to attend the Academic programs. Students must send a copy of their residence permit/residence permit request to the International students' office 8 days after arriving in Italy.

Students are also required to pass an admission test.

Deadlines regarding admission

Deadline to apply for the test

  • First session: 16 January 2020
  • Second session: 16 April 2020
  • Third session: 4 June 2020
  • Fourth session: 10 September 2020
  • Fifth session: 1 October 2020

Admission test

  • First session: 20-24 January 2020
  • Second session: 18 April 2020
  • Third session: 8-12 June 2020
  • Fourth session: 14-15 September 2020
  • Fifth session: 5-6 October 2020

Direct enrollment deadline

  • 1 October 2020
Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

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