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Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage

Course specific objectives and description of the educational path

The aim of the Three-year Degree Course in Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage is to meet the need, which is increasingly perceived at national and international level, for professional profiles working with a modern perspective to the protection, conservation and valorization of Cultural Heritage.

Today the Cultural Heritage’s family is meant as locally widespread and common heritage and includes different kinds of assets together with those that are traditionally taken into account (archeological, architectural, artistic, archival and books) and the immaterial assets (oral traditions, performing arts, social and ritual practices etc.) up to the most complex aspect of the cultural landscape (with reference to the urban landscape and sedimentation of historical buildings, stratification of anthropic activities in the environment and the shaping of rural landscapes etc.).

Additionally, there is growing awareness of the fact that, especially in the Euro-Mediterranean Area, the body of Cultural Assets represents a shared resource, resulting from a mediation among different cultures (that gave rise to unique combinations and syncretic blends of sublime artistic and cultural value) and that, in a multicultural society such as the current one, can give life to expressions of cultural integration and interculturalism. Therefore, its mission is that of valorization as well as of conservation through innovative means, also including the concept of digital memory and digitization of the cultural heritages by means of the new computer-based languages and the new media.

Given these premises, the structure of the educational path was designed based on a three-layered structure:

  1. In the first place it supplies a sound basic training in the main humanities subjects, envisaged by the ministerial sheet (linguistic-literary, historical, demo-anthropological) which equip the student with a good mastery of general scientific methods and contents and that are indispensable to meet the study of the characterizing activities.
  2. In the second place the wide offer of characterizing activities is aimed at training graduates who are familiar with the wide range of Cultural Assets, material and immaterial ones, considered both in their diachronic stratification (from ancient times to contemporary age) and in their large typological variety, as described in the in the World Heritage Convention (1972), in the Convention the for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural (2003) both adopted by UNESCO and in the Code for Cultural Assets and Landscape (2004) conceived by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities.
  3. With the offer of similar and integrating activities, finally, the educational path is meant to lead the skills supplied by the basic and characterizing disciplines towards the development of professional skills working in a modern perspective of protection, conservation and valorization of Cultural Heritage according to wide contexts:
    • From the one hand, the digital memory applied to World Heritages, namely the valorization and conservation of the heritage by means of innovative tools, making reference to Web/GIS new languages, the new media and computer-based storage of cultural heritage;
    • From the other hand, the mediation languages and codes among cultural components having heterogeneous historical and geographical origins, namely the interpretation of cultural heritages as a strategic factor for social integration in the aim of promoting intercultural dialogue and integration processes in a multicultural society context.

The graduate in Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage will also have to know at least one language of the European Union, apart from Italian, and be able to use the main computer tools for data management and online communication in the fields they are concerned with.
The study path (appropriate to face the decisions related to the two-year period of the second-cycle degree) allows to acquire already clear professional profiles, being able to work in the first levels of all the sectors included into the study program being more aware of those fields representing the chosen more-in-depth study path.

Expected learning results, expressed through the European Descriptors of Study Title -(Min. Decree 16/03/2007, art. 3, paragraph 7)

Knowledge and understanding

The course aim is to train student capable of being autonomous in studying, research and the practical application of their own knowledge. In this respect they will have to develop capacities for critical analysis. The graduate in Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage will have to acquire a strong competence in the research activity getting to know its general basics, understanding its value and being able to use the various methods and study and enquiry techniques using an interdisciplinary approach as regards two main fields: on the one hand digital memory applied to World Heritages, that is the valorization and conservation of this heritage through innovative tools, namely the new media, to Web-GIS languages and tools for digital storing of the cultural heritage (INF/01, ING-INF/05, SECS-S/02, SPS/08, ICAR/06); on the other hand the language and codes of mediation among different cultures and interculturalism (L-FIL-LET/14, M-FIL/05) that is the critical interpretation of events related to exchange and relationships in the Euro-Mediterranean Area which resulted into the interaction and integration among different cultural components of literary (L-FIL-LET/02, 04, 07, 10, 11), historical (M-STO/01, 02, 04), artistic (L-ART/01, 02, 03, 04, 07), archeological (L-FIL-LET/01) origin and the training activities related to the Scientific Disciplinary Sectors L-ANT and L-OR) and  of heterogeneous geographical origin.

These objectives will be attained through: a. course delivery  (videolessons; exercises); b. interactive teaching activities (chat, forums, wikis systems and with the Interactive Classrooms and on Second Life); c. self-learning activities.

The innovative character of these activities will allow the teachers to progressively assess the learning progress and the acquisition of the methods of analysis by the students without postponing their control exclusively to the exams. The wide range of disciplines characterizing the degree course in Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage will allow the graduate to identify the points of contact among the different aspects of cultural heritage and deal with questions specifically related to their field of interest with an open-minded approach and being aware of the possibilities for interaction with other fields of knowledge.

Applying knowledge and understanding

The students will acquire analytical skills and historical-critical tools allowing them to deal, autonomously and with an interdisciplinary approach, with the issues and problems faced. The graduates in Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage will have acquired:

  • The capacity to critically apply the specific theoretical and methodological tools learnt to real cases;
  • The capacity to continue their own studies in second-cycle degree course or any other vocational training course having become familiar to the main institutions of the concerned specific sectors;
  • The capacity to organize and continue a study and research project on cultural heritage, regardless of the fact that they are art works (painting, sculpture, architecture), immaterial assets (oral traditions, performing arts), cultural landscapes (urban landscapes, rural landscapes, multi-layered historical cultural sites) and to work in the fields of protection, documentation, conservation and valorization of cultural heritage, being able to apply the acquires competences.
  • The capacity to apply basic computer skills (operational systems, word processing, spreadsheets, use of databases, use of the Internet) and specific software packages applied to Cultural Heritage as well as the skills for managing information, those derived from online searches (databases, big data) included.

These qualities may be developed, more specifically, by using case studies (illustrated in during the interactive training activities with the professors-tutors) in order to lead the students to a correct disciplinary approach.

Making judgements

The Graduate in Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage will have to be able to manage the knowledge acquired during the course in order to take part in the planning and assessment of actions of protection, management, valorization and communication related to the Cultural Heritage showing critical skills in making assessments and making judgments and open to interdisciplinary collaboration. The graduate will have to be able to show critical appreciation skills aimed at a: 

  • Formulating judgments on the main historical-artistic, archeological, literary issues and at a fair use of sources for research purposes and for analyzing the different historical settings;
  • Identifying the most relevant questions for an conscious management of problems related to cultural and intercultural policies also based on the different social and economic settings;
  • Formulating judgments on cultural, methodological, practical and organizational implications of cultural events as regards the valorization of the material and immaterial heritage;
  • Putting into an historical setting, assessing and analyzing real and specific cases of protection of the cultural heritage.

The ability to make independent judgments will be acquired by a direct and comparative comparison of documents, historical-artistic and archeological sources, texts and case studies offered by the course delivery activities and acquired by the student during his self-learning path.

Communication skills

Upon completion of his study course, the graduate in Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage must have acquired and developed:

  • Abilities in discussing and communicating issues and problems related to the specific fields of cultural heritage that can be identified within the study path in a wide variety of contexts;
  • Computer skills enabling him to assess the soundness of the tools to be used to attain his professional objectives;
  • Skills to use a specific disciplinary language to spread knowledge and the results related to a historical, artistic, archeological, literary research work both on specific issues and on issues aimed at a non-specialized audience using computer and network-based skills;
  • Ability to share his expertise and express his own professional skills with the people with whom he works, with public and private institutions and with the beneficiaries of the cultural activities (schools, museums, agencies, companies).

These skills will be developed both during the course delivery activities (videolessons; exercises) and during the interactive ones (chats, forums, wikis systems and with the Web-based Interactive Classrooms and on Second Life). In addition, the communication skills will be assessed during the exam sessions, in the discussion of real cases and in the preparation of the finale exam. Through these assessment tools the graduate will have to prove that he is able to communicate in a clear manner both in the written and oral mode.

Learning skills

Upon completion of his study path the graduate in Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage will have acquired and developed learning such skills and study competences that will allow him to access further study levels. The degree in Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage will allow the graduate to:

  • Being able to plan and present projects of exhibitions, initiatives, research works paying attention also to the organizational aspects related to cultural heritage, within different cultural institutions, Italian and foreign ones, using mass communication means and the new online media; present specialized contents, structured according to technical formats, within communication contexts;
  • Being able confront and cooperate with other people having developed a constructive approach to discussion.

These communication skills will be mainly acquired during the course delivery activities (videolessons; exercises), in the interactive ones (chats, forums, wikis systems and with the Web-based Interactive Classrooms and on Second Life) as well as during the exam sessions.

Knowledge required for entry (Min. Decree 270/04, art 6, paragraphs 1 and 2)

In order to be admitted to the degree course the student has to possess a five-year secondary-level high school diploma or any other study title earned abroad, recognized as appropriate. The students possessing only a four-year high school diploma will compulsorily have to settle the assigned training debit. To be admitted to the degree course in Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage the students must possess a suitable basic training including linguistic and cultural skills that are generally acquired high school institutes specializing in humanities, with a specific focus on historical and literary knowledge. The students’ starting learning level will be assessed according to the modes envisaged by the Degree Course Regulations. The assessment of the required starting learning level will be made by administering a special compulsory, non-selective, test which is mainly aimed at guiding the student in choosing his course of study.

The test is administered at distance to newly enrolled students upon enrolment in study course.

The questions included into the test will deal with the issues envisaged by the program of the study course and more specifically with historical and literary matters. Any additional training obligations resulting from any gaps in the above-mentioned knowledge will be filled in by the first year of course in the modes established by the above-mentioned Regulations.

Characteristics of the final exam

The degree in Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage is earned upon passing a final exam corresponding to a workload of 6 ECTS credits which implies the preparation of a paper that must be consistent with the training path and the employment prospects. Generally, the paper consists in an analysis, comment and approaching, based on the methodologies specific of the concerned disciplinary sector of artifacts, single works or groups of works, passages of criticism texts or of text or of collection of literary, historical-documentary, historiographical texts related to archeological, historical-artistic sectors and, more in general, of the cultural heritage. The paper may have the form of a descriptive tool of a case study, relying on the most updated information sources or outlining the consolidation process of the state-of-art situation; otherwise it can be the result of an original research work, necessarily of scope and workload fitting the objectives of the three-year curriculum, though completed with formal and methodological accuracy matching the chosen path. The paper will be prepared under the supervision of a rapporteur; it will be assessed by a special commission and defended by the student in front of the above-mentioned commission.

Work positions and professional prospects

Operator and Expert in Cultural Heritages and Landscapes: Languages and Codes of Mediation

The degree course in Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage trains professional profiles able to work at different levels of research, study, conservation, protection, management and valorization of cultural heritage. The field of Cultural Heritage is extraordinarily large and has a wide variety of possible professional applications; at the same time and in the current situation it requires flexible profiles equipped with a wide range of skills.

The profile of the Operator and Expert in Cultural Heritages and Landscapes: Languages and Code of Mediation, in line with the new needs of the labor market in the cultural sector at European and extra-European level and as regards the mediation process among different cultural settings, performs the following functions:

  • He collaborates in planning initiatives, activities and events aimed at valorizing and promoting the cultural heritage sector, paying attention to cultural differences;
  • He collaborates in popularizing, approaching and educating people in the cultural heritage field, by developing and carrying on specific actions as regards specific target groups in the perspective of promoting intercultural dialogue;
  • He carries on activities as operator and expert possessing specific historical-artistic and historical-territorial and marketing competences for tourist agencies and companies cooperating in the design of paths inspired to interaction among the different cultural components of specific territory;
  • He participates directly in the management of current activities in the cultural heritage field that develop in specific territorial contexts.  

The graduate in the degree course in Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage will have acquired such a sound training in the humanities disciplines having a linguistic-literary, historical, archeological and historical-artistic, demo-anthropological character to allow him to continue his studies in second-level (master-level) course or in any other vocational retraining course.

Additionally, the graduate will have acquired competences that are specific of the mediation process among different cultures. In this regard, starting from the notion of cultural heritage meant as means for cohesion and dialogue, the graduate will be able to understand and interpret the connections existing among different cultures and languages and work in the sector of the conservation and valorization of the cultural landscape in general and getting aware of its value for the community in the perspective of promoting intercultural dialogue.
The graduate possesses: 

  • The competences for conserving and cataloguing the historical, archeological, artistic heritage, even of heterogeneous historical and geographical origin;
  • The competences related to the issue of cultural landscapes and urban historical landscape;
  • The methodological and technical expertise to valorize and promote cultural heritage and cultural activities from an interculturalism perspective;
  • The skills and tools for planning and assessing initiatives based on school-museum-territory inter-institutional partnerships as regards cultural heritage education according to an intercultural perspective;
  • Suitable knowledge to supply advice to public and private institutions carrying on activities in sectors linked to the various fields of cultural heritage.

The graduate in Conservation and Evaluation of Cultural Heritage will be able to carry on professional activities at public institutions, local agencies, foundations and private companies working the field of the protection, management, valorization, utilization of the artistic and cultural heritage such as museums, libraries, archives, galleries and exhibition centers. More specifically, he will be able to collaborate in museums’ and exhibiting activities, utilizing and managing the historical-artistic heritage; he will be able to work at the creation of new collections and collaborate with the people in charge of initiatives aimed at arranging and stocktaking of museums and archives, photo libraries and media libraries; work in the publishing and art market sectors; work in the field of cultural tourism, both through competitions for tourist guides and employment at agencies and in other organizations and boards dealing with the utilization of cultural heritage; work in the field of traditional, multimedia and online publishing activities and with institutions and companies that, in many respects, are interested in the artistic heritage.

The access to professional activities in public, national and international agencies is governed by Community, national or regional regulations; consequently, the graduates will be able to access them only after having completed and passed the prescribed competitions. The three-year degree course represents the starting-point for those who wish to continue their studies and it is the required precondition for accessing the second-cycle degree courses included into the historical, historical-artistic, geographical sectors etc. according to the modes established in the respective didactic regulations.

Operator and Expert in Cultural Heritages and Digital Memory

The degree course in Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage trains professional profiles able of working at the various levels of research, study, cataloguing, conservation, protection, management and valorization of cultural heritage. The field of Cultural Heritage is extraordinarily large and has a wide variety of possible professional applications; at the same time and in the current situation it requires diversified and specialized professional profiles, but, above all, equipped with strong and innovative skills. The profile of the Operator and Expert in Cultural Heritages and Digital Memory, in line with the new developments of the labor market in the cultural sector at European level, and especially as regards the issue of digitization of cultural heritage for conservation and valorization purposes, performs the following functions:

  • He collaborates in planning initiatives, activities and events aimed at valorizing and promoting the cultural heritage sector;
  • He prepares information and promotional materials, organizes events aimed at promoting and popularizing the cultural heritage on various kind of digital media;
  • He collaborates in popularizing, approaching and educating people in the cultural heritage field, relying, in particular, on computer tools and using digital means;
  • He carries on activities as operator possessing specific historical-artistic and historical-territorial for tourist agencies and companies cooperating in educational and valorization projects;
  • He contributes to activities aimed at conservation, documentation, cataloguing and documentary and bibliographical research using tools based on the new digital technologies. 

The graduate in the degree course in Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage will have acquired such a sound training in the humanities disciplines having a linguistic-literary, historical, archeological and historical-artistic, demo-anthropological character to allow him to continue his studies in second-level (master-level) course or in any other vocational retraining course.

Additionally, the graduate will have acquired competences that are specific of field of the digitization of the cultural heritage; he will be able to use the Web/GIS languages and the platforms for the digital archiving of cultural heritage, of open data management and to apply them in the conservation, transmission and diffusion of the cultural heritage. In this respect, the graduate possesses:

  • The competences for conserving and cataloguing the historical, archeological, artistic, documentary heritage, even by using the main data management computer tools;
  • The methodological and technical expertise to valorize and promote cultural heritage and cultural activities through computer technologies. ;

The graduate in Conservation and Evaluation of Cultural Heritage will be able to carry on professional activities at public institutions, local agencies, foundations and private companies working the field of the protection, management, valorization, utilization of the artistic and cultural heritage such as museums, libraries, archives, galleries and exhibition centers. More specifically, he will be able to collaborate in museums’ and exhibiting activities, utilizing and managing the historical-artistic heritage; he will be able to work at the creation of new collections and collaborate with the people in charge of initiatives aimed at arranging and stocktaking of museums and archives, photo libraries and media libraries; work in the publishing and art market sectors; work in the field of cultural tourism, both through competitions for tourist guides and employment at agencies and in other organizations and boards dealing with the utilization of cultural heritage; work in the field of traditional, multimedia and online publishing activities and with institutions and companies that, in many respects, are interested in the artistic heritage.

The access to professional activities in public, national and international agencies is governed by Community, national or regional regulations; consequently, the graduates will be able to access them only after having completed and passed the prescribed competitions. The three-year degree course represents the starting-point for those who wish to continue their studies and it is the required precondition for accessing the second-cycle degree courses included into the historical, historical-artistic, geographical sectors etc. according to the modes established in the respective didactic regulations.

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