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Program Description:
Florence Graduate Program in Renaissance Art
Florence Masters

The Graduate School of Syracuse University and the Department of Art and Music Histories conduct a one-of-a-kind M.A. program devoted to studying Renaissance art in Florence. Each year, a small number of highly qualified candidates are accepted. Four top-ranked candidates are awarded fellowships carrying full tuition and a stipend. Others may be awarded partial scholarships.

Courses cover the history, contexts, and interpretation of works of art produced in Italy from the high Middle Ages to the early Baroque, and the history and techniques of art conservation over the centuries. (The content of seminars changes to reflect current research interests of participating faculty.) The first semester's (fall) courses are in Syracuse; those of the spring and second fall semester, in Florence.

The two semesters in Florence take full advantage of the area's artistic and archival resources. Graduate courses, taught by distinguished local faculty, cover documentation, conservation, and connoisseurship. Candidates also participate in a research methods seminar that prepares them for writing an advanced research paper, a public colloquium, and the culminating symposium during their final semester. Qualified third-semester graduate candidates may work as instructional assistants to faculty, assisting with on-site lectures and class preparation.

Eligibility Criteria and Application Procedure: Candidates should have taken undergraduate studies in the cultural history of Italy with emphasis on the visual arts, have already acquired a working knowledge of the Italian language, and have acceptable GRE scores. Candidates first apply through the Syracuse University Graduate School and are screened and ranked by the Department of Art and Music Histories' Graduate Committee. Once you are on campus for the first, Syracuse-based semester, you will apply through SU Abroad to go to Florence. Deadline is October 1 for the following spring semester.

For more information about the program and the application process, visit the SU Florence website.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/07/2018 06/01/2018
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.