John Cabot University’s MA in Art History guides students towards a professional mastery of the materials and methods of art history, with an emphasis on first-hand research in the museums, monuments, and archaeological sites of Rome. Focusing on the history of Roman and Mediterranean visual cultures from antiquity to the present and on the acquisition of technical skills for primary research, the program also cultivates critical perspectives on the global impact of Roman art.

Designed to be completed in 15 months of full-time study, the MA unfolds in three phases. The program begins with a Foundation Year consisting of courses and seminars on themes from ancient to contemporary. Students then sit for the Master’s Exam in the summer and then, in the fall, begin work on their theses under the guidance of specialized professors. During the Thesis Semester, degree candidates organize a conference to present their research and gain professional experience through a teaching or research assistantship at JCU or an internship at a museum, gallery, research institute, foundation, archive, or library.

An experienced, dedicated faculty and Rome’s incomparable art-historical resources are program mainstays. Classes take place at JCU’s campuses in the centrally-located Trastevere district and in the city’s innumerable palaces, churches, museums, archaeological parks, artist studios, national academies, historic libraries, archives, and private collections. Many courses also include trips farther afield, for example to Santorini, Crete, and Athens to examine Minoan wall painting; to Todi and Perugia to work with medieval manuscripts; or to Milan and Venice to view modern and contemporary art.

Classes are small and professors deeply engaged in fostering the development of students as thinkers and researchers. Recent graduates are now in PhD programs in the US, UK, and Italy, while others have gone on to jobs or advanced study in public history, museum administration, digital humanities, and cultural tourism.

The preferred application deadline is February 1. Tuition grants and scholarships are available to qualified applicants.

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