1st Cycle Degree/Bachelor in DAMS - Drama, Art and Music Studies

Degree programme

Programme type 1st Cycle Degree/Bachelor
Academic Year 2007/2008
General policies and regulations D.M. 509
Code 0343
Degree Programme Class 23 - Visual arts, music, performing arts and fashion studies
Teaching mode Traditional lecture (classroom-taught)
Type of access Open access degree programme
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Elisabetta Pasquini
Language Italiano

Programme profile

DAMS was set up in 1970/'71, as part of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Bologna University, with the specific aim of taking a critical view and developing a working approach in respect of the interaction between the non-verbal expressive languages of Arts, Cinema, Music and Theatre. These are the four complementary cultural areas representing the four curricula it is now divided into.
Ever since it was established the Course has been attempting to define and disseminate an idea of culture whereby the relationship between Art, Music and Performance theory and practice should be more transparent and better suited to the new professional skills required in the modern age. For this purpose it has always maintained close connections with the world of the performing arts and cultural communication. Students have ample opportunity to benefit from the wide ranging experience of the teaching staff which includes well-known intellectuals, critics and artists The new first-level Degree Course is based on the same original concepts of DAMS, but at the same time its curricula have been changed in order to provide higher professional qualifications, with more technical-practical workshops as well as internal and external work experience opportunities.
In order to attain a Degree from DAMS (Class 23) you need a total of 180 university credits (CFU), 60 for each of the three course years.

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The Degree Course includes four curricula. The student chooses a curriculum at the beginning of the first year and, as part of the latter, if applicable, the guided choice.
  • Curriculum 1 (Arts)
  • Curriculum 2 (Cinema)
    Guided choice 2.a (Media)
    Guided choice 2.b (History-Criticism)
  • Curriculum 3 (Music)
    Guided choice 3.a (General)
    Guided choice 3.b (Music Teaching)
  • Curriculum 4 (Theatre)

Expected learning outcomes

The aim of the Degree Course in Drama, Art and Music Studies (DAMS) is to provide historical, theoretical and methodological training in the areas of visual arts, cinema, music and theatre, accompanied by a study of technical and operational aspects.
For this purpose the degree course regulations, apart from specific disciplines, include general knowledge subjects (history of culture, human science, foreign languages and new technologies) as well as connections with other subjects in the various artistic sectors which form the backbone of the Course; experimentation and contemporary artistic languages are also taken into consideration.
The DAMS Degree Course trains professionals in the area of design and dissemination as well as in research, criticism and training. It also allows for direct access to second-level degrees in related subject Classes (Class 95/S – History of Art; class 73/S – Cinema, television and multimedia production sciences; Class 51/S - Musicology and preservation of the musical heritage).
The DAMS Degree Course is divided into four specific curricula (which in turn include various guided programmes):
  • Curriculum 1 (Art) offers two specific guided programmes (medieval-modern; contemporary) for training in the area of visual arts, with particular reference to the acquisition of skills in the following fields: historic development of art and artistic techniques, problems related to safeguarding and preserving artistic heritage. The most advanced interpretation methodologies are utilised and complemented by computer-technological knowledge specifically linked to arts. It gives professional guidance in respect of historic-methodological research, design, organisation and promotion of cultural events, as well as (through the corresponding second-level degree) to teaching in secondary schools.
  • Curriculum 2 (Cinema) provides training in the area of cinema, audiovisual and new visual media products, oriented towards both a historic-critical and media models, integrated with an in-depth study of technical and operational aspects. The student thus acquires, through suitable guided programmes, the necessary skills to produce informative and critical texts in the area of cultural dissemination and animation, design and production of audiovisual products, planning, management and documentation of artistic and cultural events in public institutions, television networks, audiovisual archives.
  • Curriculum 3 (Music) provides training in the music sector as regards art and science, with particular reference to: the variety of musical, historic and ethnic techniques and languages; cultural messages (both in the anthropological and historic sense of the term) expressed through individual works, whole genres or specific musical concepts; operational applications of the skills acquired (teaching, organisation). Through suitable guided programmes it trains professionals in historic-musical, theoretical-musical and ethnic-musical research; the organisation of musical events, including the drafting of informative and critical texts in the area of culture dissemination and animation, as well as (through the corresponding second-level degree) to music teaching in secondary schools.
  • Curriculum 4 (Theatre) provides specific cultural training in the various areas of live performance, complemented by workshops on technical and operational aspects. The student acquires skills in the area of history and theory, expressive languages, artistic and production techniques, cultural and social context of theatre and events staged in front of an audience. It provides professional guidance on historic-critical and artistic research, pedagogy and theatre animation in school and social settings, design, organization and promotion of cultural events, the material culture of entertainment (performance setting-up and staging).

Final examination

The final examination consists in the discussion of a written, audiovisual or digital dissertation.

Career opportunities

Design, running and promotion of cultural events in the area of visual arts, music, cinema and audiovisual products, live performances; criticism and dissemination of artistic language; documentation and preservation of artistic heritage; introduction to artistic language forms in school and social settings; theoretical and artistic research.

Contact details

Transfer and second degree Committee

  • Art Curriculum: Prof. Claudio Marra
    for information on office hours, please contact the Department of Visual Arts, piazzetta Giorgio Morandi, 2 - Bologna tel. 051/209.97.60
  • Cinema Curriculum: Prof. Michele Fadda
  • Music Curriculum: Prof. Paolo Gozza
  • Theatre Curriculum: Prof. Dario Borzacchini 
    For information on teaching staff office hours, please contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts tel. 051/209.20.00 website: http://www.muspe.unibo.it/

Orientation Committee

  • Art Curriculum: Prof.ssa Emilia Calbi
    For further information on teaching staff office hours, please contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts, piazzetta G. Morandi, 2 - Bologna, tel. 051/209.72.60
  • Cinema Curriculum: Dr. Loretta Guerrini
  • Music Curriculum: Prof. Paolo Gozza
  • Theatre Curriculum: Prof. Eugenia Casini Ropa, Prof. Paola Bignami, Dr.Dario Borzacchini
    For further information on teaching staff office hours, please contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts via Barberia, 4 -  Bologna, tel. 051/209.20.00