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Doctor in Visual and Media Studies

Basic information
Name of programme (original language)
Dottorato in Visual and Media Studies
Cultural Heritage Area
Dissemination and Communication
Planning and Management
Programme description

The PhD in Visual and Media Studies at the IULM University of Milan is a place of convergence of theoretical knowledge and operational strategies related to the study of media, visual languages and literature.

In order to direct its research activities towards innovative areas of shared and strategic interest at an international level, it has chosen to deepen its study of media and visual culture from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on experiences such as those of the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television in Los Angeles, New York University and Chicago University.

Curricula activated 

  1. Visual Arts
  2. Film and Media Studies
  3. Literature and Transmedia Studies

Duration of the Doctorate

3 years

The main areas of research:

Film and Media Studies
Within a perspective of Visual Culture - attentive to the historical, culturally and socially determined dimension of images - the curriculum of Film and Media Studies focuses on the study of audiovisual media, starting with cinema. In particular, there are some lines of research related to the different areas of media theory and history (photography, cinema, television / digital culture / critical theory of Internet / game studies). The first path, more directly linked to Film Studies, includes: media archaeology; the relationship between image and memory, not only in the historical or testimonial sense; visual memory in cinema and the arts; amateur practices and non-theatrical production; the relationships between cinema and photography: film and photography, still image and moving image; visual aesthetics of the contemporary; aesthetics and narratives of digital.
Another line of research specifically concerns contemporary television production, with particular attention to: forms and techniques of television serial productions; practices of television and media consumption; analysis of media narratives. A further course focuses on the history of the media (application of models of economic history, long-term historiography and social construction of technologies) and the history of the cultural industry (analysis of cultural markets, models of quantitative history, production and distribution cycles).
The study of Digital Humanities - with particular attention to the critical theory of the Internet, the political economy of the Web and the relationship between online and offline behaviour practices - and Game Studies, also in their art-related dimension, complete the research paths of the curriculum in:

Film and Media Studies:

Visual Arts

Literature and Transmedia Studies:

Is the programme a joint degree programme?
Double degree
Joint delivery
Does the E&T programme lead to a formal qualification?
Name of the qualification (English)
Doctor in Visual and Media Studies
Name of the qualification (Original language)
Dottore di Ricerca in Visual and Media Studies
Education category (HE/VET/HE-VET)
Higher Education (HE)
Education format
Programme Type
Initial E&T
Academic degree
One time event or regular basis
Programme takes place on a regular basis
Last time it the programme took place (start date)
Statistics / Formal status
Core function
R&D and Education
Supplementary functions
Does the programme lead to a regulated profession?
ISCED level of programme
ISCED field
0288 Inter-disciplinary programmes and qualifications involving arts and humanities
Characterization of the E&T programme
Credit system
ECTS credits
Study format
Are there access requirements?
Access requirements Description

Pre-requisite is a Master Degree.

Admission to the PhD courses takes place following a public competition for titles and examinations, the notice of which is published in the "Gazzetta Ufficiale". The selection is aimed at assessing the candidate's aptitude for research and is based on the evaluation of the qualifications, the research project as well as the performance of a written test and an oral test.

Teaching language
Is there a mandatory (external) practical training?
Mode of delivery of education / training
Tuition cost

1.500 per year (3 years in total)

Are grants available?
Description of available grants

Scholarships cover the full cost of the tuition, plus allowances