Master’s degree in the History and Theory of Art

Department of Fine Arts

Department of Fine Arts

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Structure and Content

The Postgraduate Programme in History and Theory of Art was designed to fill a long-standing need within the field of Humanities in Cypriot academia. In contrast to the centuries-long, rich in a gamut of influences artistic tradition of Cyprus, there is an absence of the necessary institutional framework and the methodological tools, which would allow a substantial, multi-faceted analysis of the island’s cultural identity, including its connections both to Europe and the Middle East. An important novelty of the Master’s Programme is the placement of Cypriot art historical and theoretical studies within a European and overall international perspective.

The mission of the programme is high calibre research environment in the History and Theory of Art (traditional, modern and contemporary art), in accordance with the existing international academic standards. The programme’s vision is to offer, within Humanities, especially, regarding arts and culture, such a level of knowledge and theoretical tools that will enable its graduates to enter international academic institutions and the international job market.  

Graduates of the programme, in addition to pursuing an academic career, will be equipped for curators’ careers in museums, public or private institutions and collections, as well as major cultural centres, some of which cater to researchers, artists, and the general public, as well as to students.


Full-time Study

Full-time study is structured on 3 semesters. Students attend 3 modules (30 ECTS) per semester for the first two semesters, while in the third semester, which is primarily devoted to the preparation of the Thesis (25 ECTS), students attend the Art Methodology and Historiography (5 ECTS).

At the same time, and in parallel with the preparation of their thesis, the prospective graduates attend complementary lectures and short seminars on various topics in History and Theory of Art, offered by teaching and research staff of the Postgraduate Programme, as well as by guest professors in relevant fields, from universities, museums or other institutions in Cyprus and abroad.


Part-time Study

Part-time study is structured on 5 semesters. Students may choose 1-2 modules per semester, for four semesters, to complete the first six compulsory modules. In the fifth semester, they carry out their Thesis, along with attending of the Art Methodology and Historiography module. The composition of the Master's Thesis can only start after the successful completion of the teaching part of the programme.

The Curriculum is structured on the basis of three pillars, which are developed in three semesters. In order to successfully complete the Postgraduate Programme, students must attend all modules of the three pillars: two [2] First Pillar modules (Art-Historical Analysis), two [2] Second Pillar modules (Art Theory and Criticism), and three [3] Third Pillar modules (Art Methodology and Historiography/ History of European Ideas 18th -20th Century / Special Topics. 

All modules in the Postgraduate Programme are credited with 10 European Credit Units (ECTS), with the exception of the Art Methodology and Historiography module, credited with 5 ECTS, while the Thesis is credited with 25 ECTS.

Admission procedure

Holders of a degree from a recognized university, or holders of a degree that has been considered equivalent to a University degree by the Cyprus Council of Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications (KY.S.A.T.S.) are eligible to apply for a Master's Degree. Also, undergraduate students who are expected to be awarded a university degree before the beginning of the Master’s programme can also apply for this programme.

Candidates are informed of the results of their application by receiving a message at the electronic address they provided upon submission of their application and through the University Portal.

Advance Payment is required to secure a position. This amount is non refundable.

See here the amount of the deposit and the fees payment method.   

Applications along with supporting documents are submitted electronically via the University Portal. Create your application here .  

For a complete application, candidates must submit electronically the following:

Photocopy of ID card or passport.                      

Curriculum vitae                    

• Photocopies of university degrees (or a document certifying that the university degree will be obtained before the beginning of the postgraduate programme).                       


A cover letter (about 500 words) in which the candidate explains the reasons for choosing the postgraduate programme and describes his/her academic and research interests in relation to his / her future career plans.                       

Letters of recommendation are NOT necessary. Students are only requested to provide two names and their contact details, who can provide a reference, and the Department will contact them if deemed necessary.                      

Certificate of Greek Language Proficiency: the Leaving certificate from a recognized six-year secondary education school of Greece or Cyprus, or a high school having Greek as main teaching language is the only acceptable evidence of Greek language proficiency.   

The Department may request additional confidential information from the applicant as well as adopt any additional criteria it deems necessary. 

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