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Information on writing a dissertation

Indications on the final examination: the figures of the supervisor, co-supervisor and the preparation of the dissertation

The final examination

In order to obtain the Master's Degree in Visual Arts – curriculum Arts, Museology and Curatorship, the student must pass a final examination consisting in a written dissertation, which might be accompanied by multimedia supports. The dissertation must be discussed publicly in front of a Board, formed and appointed in accordance with the University Didactic Regulations.

The supervisor

When the student has acquired a sufficient number of credits, s/he will have to agree on a dissertation topic with one of the academic teachers within the curriculum in Arts, Museology and Curatorship, who will serve as his/her supervisor. It is important to stress that the student must verify directly with his/her supervisor (or on the supervisor’s personal webpage) and with sufficient advance regarding the upload deadline, the time frames required for the assignment and preparation of the dissertation.

If the discipline in which the student wishes to graduate is external to the teaching plan, but consistent with the specific qualifying educational objectives of the curriculum in Arts, Museology and Curatorship, one can apply for the assignment of an interdisciplinary dissertation, by filling in a specific form to be presented to the Programme Director, who will submit it to the Degree Programme’s Council.

The Co-supervisor

The supervisor responsible for teaching the discipline in which the student wishes to graduate must be supported by a co-supervisor, identified among the academic teachers of the degree programme or of the University, or among experts and scholars with specific competences regarding the dissertation’s educational objectives. The co-supervisor must be informed and must agree at the beginning of the research.

Writing the dissertation

Graduating students must demonstrate to be able to collect a scrupulous and updated bibliography on the proposed topic and to elaborate the dissertation in a precise and accurate way, exposing it correctly. The dissertation must meet criteria of absolute originality. The Degree Programme, in fact, considers it inadmissible to produce texts that are not the result of original work and derive instead from incorrect practices or are without appropriate bibliographical references and critical apparatus.

For the drafting of the dissertation, it is necessary to follow the editorial guidelines provided by the supervisor. There are no limits or directives relating to the length, for which students should refer to their supervisor and co-supervisor. However, it should be considered that the Master's final dissertation in Visual Arts – curriculum Arts, Museology and Curatorship corresponds to 18 credits.

Before the final upload, every final dissertation must undergo an anti-plagiarism check, following the modalities established by the degree programme.

On the cover and on the title page, please report the same title (and subtitle, if foreseen) which appears on the dissertation approval by your supervisor.

Final mark

The Graduation Boards are appointed by the Degree Programme’s Council, normally taking into account the co-supervisors indicated by the dissertation supervisors; teachers and researchers from outside the School can participate as Board members if they are indicated by the dissertation supervisors as co-supervisors.

The Degree Programme’s Council may delegate the appointment of the Graduation Boards to the respective Degree Programme Directors.

The weighted average is calculated by multiplying each mark obtained (the highest mark is thirty) by the number of credits foreseen for the corresponding exam; all values thus obtained are added together and then divided by the total number of credits accrued (relative only to the educational activities that require a mark). The exams taken as part of the elective courses among all available teachings ("Free cultural choice") are evaluated in the degree average. Activities without mark (pass/fail exams) are not useful for the degree average calculation.

For the calculation of the average, students transferred from other universities or other degree programmes must take into account the marks obtained in the exams validated by the previous academic career.

The degree average is calculated by multiplying the weighted average by 110 and dividing the result by 30. This average, normalized to two decimals, is the starting point for the evaluations by the members of the Graduation Board.

The Graduation Board can award up to four points for the final dissertation. For the attribution of the score and the possible addition of the cum laude mark (lode), the Graduation Board can take into account, in addition to the quality of the thesis, the lode marks already achieved by the graduating student in single exams, the experience of studying abroad, the quality of the course of study.

The final grade will be expressed in one hundred and ten tenths. The final examination is considered passed with a minimum grade of 66 / 110. In the event of a maximum grade (110/110), the Graduation Board may add the cum laude mark (lode) by unanimous decision.