John Cabot University Welcomes Inaugural Class of MA in Art History

Students of the MA in Art History and Professor Lila Yawn (first from left) at Villa Farnesina

Students of the MA in Art History and Professor Lila Yawn (first from left) at Villa Farnesina

John Cabot University welcomed the inaugural class of its new Master of Arts (MA) degree program in Art History this fall. Hailing from a variety of backgrounds, the university’s first degree-seeking graduate students share an intense passion for art, Italy, and research. The class includes both recent BA graduates—interested in subjects as diverse as Early Christian iconography, Renaissance painting, contemporary fashion, and the intersection of art and mathematics—and professionals returning to graduate study after careers in microbiology, the culinary arts, and documentary filmmaking.

JCU’s MA is the first graduate degree program based entirely in Rome offered by a U.S. accredited university. The program provides professional training in the history of art and architecture with emphasis on first-hand research in Rome’s museums, archaeological sites, historic libraries, and archives. Designed to be completed in three semesters of full-time study, the MA consists of thirty-six credit hours of graduate-level coursework, including a professional apprenticeship and a Master’s thesis.

“An MA in art history is a next logical step for the university, given the success of our existing programs, our international, research-oriented faculty, and the astounding wealth of art and art-historical documentation available in Rome – material pertinent not only to Rome itself but also to the broader history of art,” explained Prof. Lila Yawn, director of the new degree. “From our campuses you can easily walk to the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Library, the Capitoline Museums, and dozens of other monuments, libraries, and art collections of world-class importance and impact.”

Applications are now being accepted for Fall semester 2018. JCU will host two information sessions about the MA on Tuesday, October 10th: one at 12:45 pm; and the other at 6:30 pm, with a reception to follow.

The JCU community welcomes our MA students and wishes everyone a great semester.