- Theory and methods for the study of Southern Italian art
- Art of the Franciscan Order in Italy
- History of Photography
- Visual culture studies
Viviana Costagliola earned her Master’s degree in History of Art at the University of Naples "Federico II", with a thesis dedicated to the consecration crosses in Neapolitan churches. During her MA she was an Erasmus student at University of Vienna. In addition to her academic background, she also was an intern at the State Archive and the Diocesan Museum of Naples, as well as at the Fondazione Memofonte (Florence) and Fondo Edifici di Culto (Naples).
Her recently completed PhD thesis, at University of Naples "Federico II" and funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, was focused on the Observant Franciscan church of Santa Maria la Nova in Naples (The Church of Santa Maria la Nova: First Essay of a Historical Topography). During the doctoral program, she was a fellow at the International Society of Franciscan Studies (Assisi) and at Italian Institute of Philosophical Studies (Naples).
In 2016 she began to take an interest in the history of photography, mainly learning at the Federico Zeri Foundation and at the Italian Society for the History of Photograpy (SISF).