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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: UMOS Summer Nov-Feb
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Program Description:

AHIS40020: Museology in Florence 


This is an intensive University of Melbourne subject held overseas at International Studies Institute, housed in Palazzo Rucellai, a renowned Renaissance palace designed by Leon Battista Alberti situated in the heart of Florence, Italy.

Important Dates

25 November – 14 December, 2019.
Application deadline: 15 July 2019.
Application outcomes announced by: 29 July 2019. 


Entry into this subject is by application only. Places are limited, and students may not self-enrol.

Preference is given to students with higher weighted average marks.

AHIS40020 is available for students enrolled in the:
  • Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) 
  • Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) 
  • Fourth year honours in art history
  • Master of Art Curatorship (200 point program)
  • Master of Arts and Cultural Management (200 point program)
If the subject is not listed as an approved elective for your degree, you may be able to apply to take the subject as an external elective.


Select the “Apply Now” button visible at the top and bottom of this page.

Complete every step listed in the “Application Questionnaire(s)” box, so that a tick appears beside each item in the right-hand “Received” column.

Your application will be assessed by the subject coordinator after the application deadline (listed under “Important Dates” above). Application outcomes will be announced by the date indicated under “Important Dates” above.

Successful applicants will be notified of next steps and invited to attend a pre-departure session where detailed travel and subject-related information will be presented.

About the subject

This overseas intensive subject is taught every two years. It will next be taught over three weeks, from 25th November to 14th December 2019. The subject will investigate Florence’s significant museums and historic collections in order to understand their place in the origin and development of the museum from the Renaissance to today. The subject will include regular site visits to a diverse range of museums, galleries and temporary exhibition spaces, including the Galleria degli Uffizi, the Palazzo Pitti, the Galleria dell’Accademia, the Bargello and the Casa Buonarroti among other institutions.

About the location

This subject is taught on location in the major European art centre Florence, Italy, using the social, economic, geographical and cultural effects of the art centre as a case study of historical and contemporary culture. It will investigate Florence's most important museums and private collections, in order to understand their place in the origin and development of the museum as an institutional type from the Renaissance to today Students will study the display and consumption of art, allowing consideration of recent developments in museology, arts policy, commodity theory and cultural tourism.


Students are responsible for independently booking and covering the cost of airfares, some meals, and on-ground incidentals.

**Updated 20 June 2019** Additionally, a bundled cost of $4600 (TBC) $3000 per student is payable and covers the cost of accommodation (see more details below), some meals, and museum entrance fees. A $1500 deposit towards this fee is due by 12 August. The remaining balance must be paid by 31 August. 

The tuition fee is as per each student's normal fee category.


Faculty funding is available to graduate students who complete overseas subjects, and takes the form of a $700 AUD per person grant which is paid after teaching dates conclude.

Enrolled students are also normally eligible to apply for a Melbourne Mobility Award with a value of up to $1000 to put towards costs.


Accommodation is arranged by the International Studies Institute, Florence, who arrange short term rental properties for students on a twin share basis. The cost of accommodation for the duration of the subject is included in the $3000 fee payable by each student. 

The accommodation booked is for rooms shared with one other person in shared apartments. In some cases it may be possible for ISI to source a single room for applicants with particular requirements along these lines. But please note that this cannot be guaranteed and will be subject to very limited availability. If any rooms can be made available of this type, they will incur an extra cost of $515 per person in 2019. If selected to participate in this subject you will need to indicate if you are happy to share a room. If, on the other hand, you would like to request ISI to search for a single room (remembering that this is not guaranteed and is subject to very limited availability) then you will need to indicate that you are prepared to pay the additional cost. 


The University of Melbourne offers free travel insurance coverage for enrolled students travelling on University-related study. Students must register for coverage at least 14 days prior to departure. Find out more on the insurance page.


This subject is worth 12.5 points.  You must first apply and be selected before you can be enrolled in this subject (see “Application” instructions above), and you must also ensure that you have confirmed with a course advisor from Stop1 that this subject can be credited to your degree or diploma prior to applying. If this subject is not listed as an approved elective for your course (see “Eligibility” above), you will need to attain written (email) permission from your course coordinator and provide this to Stop 1 before you can be enrolled.


Read more about this subject in the 2019 handbook.

More Information

Download the 2019 information pack

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