MASTER Historical Sciences SPECIALTY History of Art

Pursuing the History of Art Degree programme, this specialization provides students with history of art research methods and practices. During the second year of the course, students may opt for the professionalizing option, which proposes studies that prepare the ground for the University Diploma for preparing the public service selection exams for professions related to heritage and to culture: exams to become cultural heritage officers (museums), cultural attachés and documentary project managers.
  • Objectives

This research course is based on intensive writing practice and its related reflection process, on erudite contents and, between the two fields, on specific techniques (linguistic skills, knowledge of historical sources, artistic techniques, proficiency in major interrogations and their articulations; etc.).

The programme comprises main teaching modules:

- firstly, methodology seminars (definition of the methods and sources for history of art research, familiarity with the main bibliographic tools, computerized databases and the main writing standards, visits to libraries and to archival collections, reflection on the implicit and explicit research objectives, establishing corpora of texts and images, writing techniques, methods for analysing and synthesizing documents)
- secondly, in-depth disciplinary seminars for the various historic periods.

All of this is completed by a series of classes dedicated to languages (computer languages, foreign languages, ancient languages) and to the legal and institutional practice of art, heritage and cultural professions.

Several of these studies provide a professionalizing component related to the intensive practice of writing, which will also be of key importance in the future professional life of students taking this specialization.

The History of Art Master has extended its professional gateway by proposing a series of studies dedicated to preparing students for public service selection exams that are related to heritage and culture professions: exams to become cultural heritage officers (museums), cultural attachés and documentary project managers.

Particular importance is given to the traineeship, which may be fulfilled in national or regional institutions; the Centre region of France has one of the richest cultural heritages in France. Agreements have been concluded with the main regional cultural institutions (the fine arts museums of Tours and Orléans, the Centre de Création Contemporaine (Centre for Contemporary Creation) of Tours, the FRAC Centre (Regional Contemporary Art Collection), the DRAC Centre (Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs)) and national cultural institutions (Louvre Museum, Cabinet des Médailles (Museum of Medals), Cluny Museum, Orsay Museum, Pompidou Centre, INHA (National Institute of the History of Art)).

  • Contents or models of training

- Archaeology
- Antique archaeology and contemporary iconography
- Architecture and the arts of antiquity and iconography of contemporary times
- Architecture and urban planning in ancient and medieval times - heritage
- Antique art
- Contemporary art
- Medieval art
- Modern art
- Comments on the works
- Digital skills
- CCC conferences on professions of the art world (12 hrs)
- Image culture – new contemporary media
- Training in cultural mediation
- Training in curatorial practices
- Training in French curatorial practices (12 hrs)
- French: Art and literature and writing workshop
- History of art critique
- History of methods
- Regional and heritage history
- Iconography and culture of modern times and architecture of medieval times
- Introduction to visual communication – graphic designer professions
- Cultural institutions of France (12 hrs)
- Methods for commenting works
- New media – photo- cinema
- Heritage and gardens
- Antique methodological practice
- Contemporary methodological practice
- Medieval methodological practice
- Modern methodological practice
- Restoration
- Documentary techniques
- Theory of architecture and urban planning
- Theories of art

  • Admission requirements
Proficiency in French, intellectual curiosity, a critical mind, ability to work autonomously and to memorize, interest in reading, ability to work in a group.