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History of Arts and Conservation of Artistic Heritage

Ca’ Foscari University of VeniceVenice - ITALY

Field(s) of study: Art Management, Art Market
Cost of pre-eligibility application: 
  • Via Mastersbooking: 0 €
  • Via the regular school procedure: 0 €
Course cost: 2 061 €

Next admission round: 

Next recruitment session:

Available slots: 

Available spots: 100
Places available per academic year: 200

Program Language

  • Italian

Course length: 

  • 2 years (24 months)

Start of the program: 


Level of entry: 

A Level+3 years
A Level+4 years
A Level+5 years

NOTICE: You can apply for this Degree Programme through only if you are an international student. Here follows the categories considered:

  • EU citizens and EU-equated citizens
  • Non-EU citizens with an Italian residency permit
  • Non-EU citizens residing in Italy with an Italian qualification
  • Non-EU citizens residing outside Italy
  • Italian citizens with a qualification obtained abroad

Italian citizens with Italian qualifications must follow a different procedure. For more info please visit:

Conservation of Artistic Heritage involves many diverse fields and institutions and therefore require a well-rounded education with in-depth knowledge of artistic phenomena.

This Master's Degree Programme equips you with a thorough knowledge in the field of history of art and artistic techniques from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary Age and enables you to choose a path according to your own interests and field of study.

Learning activities, frequently on a seminar basis, will lead to in-depth analysis of fundamental knowledge of art history. You will also be able to discover important cultural institutions through internships.

Thanks to the skills you will have gained you will be able to apply for positions of responsibility in cultural heritage study, conservation and management, as well as in cataloguing,  cultural events and exhibition organization, planning and designing cultural and educational activities.



This Master's Degree Programme equips students with a thorough knowledge in the field of history of art and artistic techniques from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary Age. It produces experts in various sectors of artistic production or specific subject areas. Learning activities, frequently on a seminar basis, will lead to in-depth analysis of fundamental knowledge of these study areas and will be enriched by subjects that are not included in the corresponding Bachelor's Degree Programme.
Internships will be organized in cooperation with educational and cultural institution.
Learning activities comprise taught courses, seminars, workshops and internships so that students can acquire a broad range of competencies that are transferable to the world of work. Learning outcomes are continuously assessed by means of written and oral exams.
The final exam consists of a dissertation that must contain original research, documentation and exhaustive scientific analysis, and that must be defended before a committee made up of university professors and experts.


Course format: 

Curricula available

  • Medieval and Byzantine;
  • Modern;
  • Contemporary.

Qualifications/expertise after completing the program

Master's degree graduates in Art History and Conservation of the Artistic Heritage may hold positions of high responsibility in public and private institutions in charge of study, classification, safeguarding, conservation, enhancement and management of the historical-artistic heritage (superintendences, museums, national and international bodies, foundations).

Entry requirements

Entry qualification: Bachelor diploma (or higher)

For Academic year 2018/19, admission onto the Master's Degree programme in History of Arts and Conservation of Artistic Heritage requires:

  • an adequate personal preparation;
  • specific curricula requirements, matured with the obtainment of a definite number of credits in certain disciplinary fields;
  • understanding of English language at level B2: the list of certifications and cases of exemption are available on the dedicated web page. Each knowledge will be verified by the office at the moment of enrolment.

Admission criteria: 

Admission to the programme is subjected to the evaluation of the minimum curricular requirements and personal preparation, which is checked through the pre-evaluation procedure.
For students holding qualifications gained abroad: a minimum three-year degree is required.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Italian.
You will need official translations along with verified copies of the original documents.
The official translation can be issued in the country of origin or in Italy - either by a local court of law, by court interpreters or by official translators. The entry qualification documents must also be legalised or bear the Apostille stamp certifying that the signature or seal on the document is genuine, and submitted in the original or certified copy.

You do not need to legalise the documents if:

  • the qualification has been awarded by one of the signatory Countries of the European Convention of Brussels of 25 May, 1987 - Law 106/1990 (Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy);
  • the qualification has been awarded by a German institution, following the Italo-German Convention on the exemption from legalization of public documents - Law 176/1973.

You must bring the original entry qualification documents along with you when you finally go to the university.

Language requirements:

B2 level is required.
As proof of Italian language level we accept the following international exams:

  • CELI
  • CILS

Please notice that students lacking suitable certification in Italian will have to take a preliminary Italian language test, held every academic year at the beginning of September.

The following students do not need to submit evidence of Italian language proficiency: Italian mother-tongue students, EU students (wherever resident), non-EU students who have been living in Italy for at least a year.

B2 level of English language is also required.
We accept the following international exams:

  • IELTS 4.0-5.0
  • TOEFL iBT 57-86


Please notice that students lacking certification in English will be required to fulfill the requirement in the first year of studies.

Admission to an open access Master's Degree course does not involve a selection process. However, you are required to have an adequate personal preparation and hold specific requisites. In this case, the Teaching Committee of reference will carry out an assessment.

A certified knowledge of English at minimum level B2 is also required.


Course cost description: 

Cost of the Degree Programme :

  • EU students: 2061€ 
  • Non-EU students from OECD countries (Australia, Canada, Chile, South Korea, Japan, Iceland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, United States, Switzerland and Turkey): 2100€ 
  • Non-EU students from developing countries ( 700€
  • Students from all other countries: 1200€

In addition, Ca' Foscari offers students a variety of forms of financial aid: scholarships, exemptions and reduction of fees, student loans, prizes for outstanding dissertations and other forms of concession.
Some of the student loans involve agreements with banks allowing students to pay tuition fees on favourable terms. The most deserving students are entitled to an interest-free advance repayable a year after graduation.  
Students are also given the opportunity to participate in forms of student collaborations involving paid jobs within the university.