2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master in Music and Theatre Studies

Degree programme

Programme type 2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 8837
Degree Programme Class LM-45 - Musicology and musical heritage
LM-65 - Performing arts and multimedia productions
Years in which the programme is being held I, II
Type of access Open access with assessment of personal competencies
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Domenico Staiti
Language Italian

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

Curricular requirements, ascertainment there of and assessment of personal knowledge.

To benefit from a second-cycle interclass master's degree in Music and Theatre (ClassesLM-45 and LM-65), run by the Department of Arts (visual, performing and media),Bologna University, School of Arts Humanities and Cultural Heritage, candidates need the following specific areas of knowledge:

(a) a grounding in musicology;

(b) a grounding in live performing arts studies;

(c) office automation basic skills, plus one EU language besides Italian (if Italianstudents), or good spoken and written Italian (if international students).

In particular:

- students opting for the Music Curriculum need:

(a) an overall knowledge of the history of music as art;

(b) basic notions of musical techniques (harmony, counterpoint, prosody, morphology);

(c) the awareness that musicology divides into at least four different subject areas:historical musicology, systematic musicology, ethnomusicology, musical pedagogy;

- students opting for the Theatre Curriculumneed:

(a) a general knowledge of the history of theatre and the performing arts, with aspecific focus on the twentieth century;

(b) a basic knowledge of theatre techniques;

(c) a good knowledge of contemporary live performing arts.

To enrol inthe second-cycle degree programme students need the following requisites (1)and must undergo an assessment of their background knowledge (2).

(1) The prerequisites are:

A) to have a degree in one of the D.M. 270/04, D.M. 509/99, or Law 508/99 Degree Classes ora degree from a previous system, or an equivalent qualification gained abroad.

B) to have gained at least:

12 credits in one or both of the subject areas:

L-ART/07Musicology and History of Music,


or, if the perspective student has a 1st or 2nd level diploma issued by a Conservatoire in accordance with Law 508/1999, at least 12 credits in music techniques.

12 credits in the subject area:

L-ART/05 Performing Arts.

18 creditsdistributed as follows:

- 6 credits in philosophy subjects (M-FIL/01, M-FIL/02, M-FIL/03, M-FIL/04, M-FIL/05,M-FIL/06, M-FIL/07, M-FIL/08; M-DEA/01; M-PED/01; M-PSI/01),

- 6 credits in history subjects (L-ANT/02, L-ANT/03; M-STO/01, M-STO/02, M-STO/04),

- 6 credits in literary subjects (L-FIL-LET/10, L-FIL-LET/11, L-FIL-LET/12; L-LIN/01,L-LIN/03, L-LIN/05, L-LIN/10, L-LIN/13).

To be admitted to the second-cycle degree programme, graduates who lack theserequisites will be interviewed by a Committee to ascertain that they have the skills needed for admission to the personal knowledge test.

The Committee appointed by the Degree Programme Board will set dates for interviews to be held between September and December. Dates will be published on theUniversity Portal.

(2) Graduates are deemed to be sufficiently prepared if their degree grade was 70/110 or higher, and:

– for those choosing the Music Curriculum, if they have gained 18 more credits in the subject areas L-ART/07 (Musicology andHistory of Music) and L-ART/08 (Ethno-musicology) over and above the basic credit requirements mentioned above, or, if they have a 1st or 2nd level diploma issued by a Conservatoire in accordance with Law 508/1999, if they have gained 12 more credits in music techniques over and above the basic credit requirements mentioned above.

– for those choosing the Theatre Curriculum – if they have gained 12 more credits in thesubject area L-ART/05 (Performing Arts) over and above the basic credit requirements mentioned above.

In order tobe admitted to the second-cycle degree programme, graduates whose degree gradewas lower than 70/110, and/or who lack the credit prerequisites for their curriculum, must prove to meet the knowledge requirements in an interview with the same Committee that checked the curriculum requisites.

If the timeline of the call for study grants allocation (the deadline of which isusually in May) allows it, a special session may be scheduled and a specific Committee appointed to check the suitability of the academic background of international students.

International students that have been positively evaluated in compliance with the previous point are exempt from the next step required for students at large, viz. aknowledge test.


In the case of students who possess qualifications gained abroad, the prerequisites(compatibility of qualification with the Degree Classes mentioned, assessment of CV, credits and proof of learning vis-à-vis the set skills and subject areas, final evaluation) will be judged by the Degree Programme Board which will examine their CV and decide if candidates need an interview to assess their background knowledge. The interview may be conducted by teleconference.

Programme profile

The second-cycle interclass degree programme in Music and Theatre gives graduates a thorough knowledge of:

the history of Western music and theatre, seen as arts and sciences; their techniques and the traditions of theory, philosophy and criticism in their study; the connections between music and theatre, as well as their relation to the development of other arts and sciences; and the study of non-European music aland theatrical cultures. In the field of theatre, there is a special focus oncontemporary performing arts. The programme's graduates are experts in the various professions nowadays associated with musical and theatrical arts interms of creativity, management, criticism and training, as well as preparing for a career in specialist research.

With reference to the different levels of specialization achieved in the areas of music and theatre studies, the degree programme is divided into two distinct curricula:

- Music studies,

- Theatre studies

resulting inthe following professional profiles:

- Expert inmusic, theatre, or both;

- specialist editor in music, theatre, or both;

- music critic, theatre critic, or both;

- impresario of live events (in the fields of music, theatre, or both);

-trainer/entertainer in the fields of music, theatre, or both;

- drama adviser (Dramaturge);

- Manager/director; conservator in the fields of music, theatre, or both.

(In addition, the LM45 degree class gives access to the career of secondary and high school teacher, as regulated by the TFA)

Given the above career opportunities, graduates of both curricula must:

- possess athorough knowledge of the history, theory and techniques of music and theatre(with degrees of specialization that may differ according to the curriculum chosen) and be able to apply it effectively in the professional career chosen,either in a historical-theoretical-methodological perspective or in a practic alone;

- have the expertise in language, philosophy and literature needed to provide a settingfor deeper studies in music and theatre, according to the profile chosen; among their skills in this area, they must have an advanced knowledge of at least oneEU language besides Italian, in written and spoken form, and a mastery of specialist lexicon;

- know history, philosophy and education, once again providing a setting for deeper studies into music and theatre, in different epistemic perspective, according to the profile chosen.

The programme pursues these educational objectives by touching three distinct learning areas:

-music and theatre studies;

-language,philology and literature;

-history,philosophy and education.

Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master universitario di secondo livello.

Career opportunities

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