For the third year of the PhD course in Art History, the acquisition of 60 CFU is envisaged.
42 CFU are assigned for the completion of research and, mainly, for the final draft 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 PhD programme and carried out together with some of the members of the Collegio, to a place or territory of particular historical-artistic interest; the PhD students are asked 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 meetings of the doctoral students with the tutor and the teachers and for the intermediate 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 credits, which will be allocated by the Board of teachers on the basis of the activities previously indicated (thesis writing, participation in conferences and study trips, meetings with teachers). By 31 October, the candidate's thesis, previously assessed by the Board of teachers, is submitted for evaluation to at least two external referees, chosen by the Board of teachers as experts in the field of research, who are also sent the three-year report on the doctoral student's activities. On the basis of these elements, the external referees, filling in a form prepared by the Collegio, propose admission to the final examination or postponement of the discussion for up to six months, at the same time indicating any changes or corrections to the paper.
y February, 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 Collegio 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 in front of the national commission, which will be able to ascertain the candidate's suitability.