Art History - BA
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What John Cabot University says about their program:
"Art informs and deceives. It forces us to ask questions about art and about ourselves. What is art, and why is it important to human beings? Who creates art? What are the reasons and cognitive and technical processes for its existence? Do outsiders view a given work of art in the same manner as the work’s intended audience? Why do some observers perceive Marcel Duchamp's Bicycle Wheel as a remarkable work worthy of a place in New York’s Museum of Modern Art, while others see it as an overpriced stool with a bicycle wheel mounted on top?
With its wealth of archaeological sites, churches, museums, and contemporary art galleries, Rome offers an environment of unparalleled richness for the study of art and the human experience across time. John Cabot University's Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History emphasizes art-historical theories and analytic methods with a strong focus on the visual arts of Europe, the Mediterranean and North America. Given the University’s location at the geographical and temporal crossroads of Europe and the Mediterranean, the program places a strong emphasis upon the visual cultures of Rome and of Italy. After an initial series of four foundation courses, majors develop their command of art history and its approaches through upper-level courses in a variety of pertinent subject areas. The major culminates in the fourth year, when each student selects a topic and works individually with a specialized faculty member to research and write a senior thesis. Students can win internships at institutions that include the Museo Nazionale Romano, the Galleria Doria Pamphilj, and the Biblioteca Angelica, Europe’s first public library and a major repository of illuminated manuscripts."
Students applying from outside the United States may be required to submit additional documents, such as Evidence of English Language Proficiency and translations of transcripts, in addition to the regular undergraduate application materials. Learn more about our requirements.
- TOEFL 85 / IELTS 6.5
- 2 years on an English speaking institution
- GPA 2.8 - 3.5 IB (on higher level 4, standard credits 3)
ENLUS - English program, students can join the university starting in an English Language program (4 month program starting September and January).
Admission to John Cabot's undergraduate program is based on a review of the following items:
- Completed application form.
- A 600 word personal essay.
- €50 non-refundable application fee. Please note that only US and Canadian citizens may pay in dollars.
- Official transcripts of all secondary and post-secondary school work to date
transcripts not in English or Italian must be accompanied by a certified English language translation.
- Interview by phone, Skype, or in person.
- Letter(s) of Recommendation or Teacher Evaluation Form. Two for freshman applicants, one for transfer applicants.
- Evidence of English language Proficiency
We encourage all degree-seeking applicants and transfer applicants to submit their official high school transcripts or college / university transcripts via Parchment Services, E-Script or Student Clearinghouse.
Applications are welcome from holders of a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited university who have completed at least twelve semester credit hours or the equivalent in the history of art with a grade-point average of at least 3.0 (B) or the equivalent. Seminars and courses are conducted in English and thus require proficiency in the English language, both spoken and written. Reading knowledge of Italian, French, or German at the time of entry into the program is strongly recommended.
For application you will need to have:
- A completed application form
- A personal statement of 600 words detailing your reasons for interest in the program
- A sample (10-15 pages) of your academic writing in English, with footnotes and bibliography
- Official transcripts of all post-secondary (undergraduate and graduate) study undertaken to date. Transcripts not in English or Italian must be accompanied by a certified English translation
- Proof of completion of a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent at an accredited university, if not attested in the official transcripts
- GRE scores - optional, but strongly recommended for applicants wishing to be considered for funding.
- Three letters of reference from professors evaluating your academic work and appropriateness for graduate study
- Evidence of English language proficiency
Fall semester (September) application deadlines:
- November 15 (early action)
- March 1 (regular decision)
- June 1 (late decision)
- July 31 (for students who do not require a visa)
Spring Semester (January): deadline December 15
Fees and funding
The Office of Financial Aid is committed to making American degree programs in Rome as affordable as possible. Through the philanthropic support of donors the University are able create scholarships opportunities to help dedicated and deserving students pursue their degrees at JCU.
Undergraduate international students can be assessed for a scholarship on tuition of 20-25%. Postgraduate programs are eligible for the one or two merit based 100% scholarship awards per year, or a grant of up to 50% off tuition and fees.
Visa requirements for John Cabot University
Many international students will require a visa to study in Italy, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.Italy student visa requirements