For the third year of the PhD course in Art History, 60 CFU are envisaged.
42 CFU are allocated for the completion of research and, mainly, for the final drafting of the thesis by the PhD student.
18 CFU are reserved for training activities and are divided as follows:
- 8 CFU are partly acquired through participation in a course consisting of in-depth lectures, which for third-year doctoral students are held by Italian and international scholars and consist of the presentation of "case studies" that are particularly significant on a critical level.
- 4 CFU correspond to participation in a study trip, financed by the Doctorate and carried out, together with some of the members of the Collegio, in a location or area of particular historical-artistic interest; doctoral students are required to prepare scientific presentations on the monuments and works that are the subject of the visit.
- 6 CFU are assigned by the Collegio for the doctoral students' meetings with the tutor and the lecturers and for the mid-term examination, which takes place mainly in April-May and consists of the drafting of a written text relating to several aspects of their research to be handed in to the tutor and the Collegio dei Docenti.
Method of admission to the final examination
Admission requires the acquisition of 60 CFU, which will be awarded by the Board of teachers on the basis of the performance of the activities indicated above (thesis writing, participation in conferences and the study trip, meetings with teachers). By 31 October, the candidate's thesis, previously assessed by the Board of teachers, is submitted to at least two external referees, chosen by the Board of teachers as experts in the research topic, to whom the three-year report on the doctoral student's activities is also sent. On the basis of these elements, the external referees, by filling in a form prepared by the College, propose admission to the final examination or postponement of the discussion for up to a maximum of six months, at the same time indicating any changes or corrections to the paper.
By the month of January, candidates admitted to the final examination must discuss their theses before an external national panel of judges, appointed by the Rector, on the basis of the proposal put forward by the College and after approval by the Departmental Council. The commissioners receive the documentation (copy of the thesis, report of the doctoral student's three-year activity, opinion of the College and referees) approximately two months before the discussion. The final examination will take the form of a presentation, with the aid of a power-point, and public discussion of the thesis before the national commission, which will be able to ascertain the candidate's suitability.