Laurea (First cycle degree/Bachelor - 180 ECTS) in Cultural Heritage

Degree programme

Programme type Laurea (First cycle degree/Bachelor - 180 ECTS)
Academic Year 2018/2019
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 8849
Degree Programme Class L-1 - Cultural heritage
Years in which the programme is being held I, II,III
Teaching mode Traditional lecture (classroom-taught)
Admission typology Open access with assessment of basic knowledge
Place of teaching Ravenna
Degree Programme Director Claudia Sebastiana Nobili
Teachers Teachers
Language Italian

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

Admission to the 1st cycle degree programme in Cultural Heritage is subject to the possession of a five-year secondary school diploma or equivalent suitable qualification obtained abroad, or a four-year secondary school diploma and diploma for the relative supplementary year, or, where no longer active, admitted students will be assigned additional learning requirements.

Knowledge required

Applicants shall also possess the following knowledge:

- Strong general knowledge of history and literature,

- Logical and reasoning skills;

- Ability to read, understand and interpret texts and documents (in Italian);

- Strong expressive skills in Italian;

- Knowledge of a European Union language to level A2. Assessment of knowledge

This shall be assessed as described below:

Students shall be required to sit an entrance exam to assess their knowledge, as laid down in the call for applications for the degree programme in Cultural Heritage. Students enrolling with a score of less than the minimum score indicated in the call for applications will be assigned Additional Learning Requirements (OFA), which shall be completed by the date set by the University Bodies and published on the University Portal.

Students transferring from another Degree Programme, School or University with previously documented learning credits or a degree may enrol in the programme without sitting the entrance exam.

Additional Learning Requirements

Candidates who do not achieve positive results will be assigned additional learning requirements (OFA), to be completed during the first year of the programme. In agreement with the School of Arts, Humanities and Cultural Heritage, the programme will run mandatory courses to fill any gaps emerging from the entrance exam in Italian language and expression.

The additional learning requirements will be deemed to be completed by students passing the exam at the end of the course or in the following three exam sessions organised during the academic year.

Additional learning requirements are deemed to be completed when the students have passed all the learning activities envisaged in the first year of the programme, excluding any activities autonomously chosen by the students.

Students not completing the OFA requirements by the date set by the Academic Bodies and published on the University portal will be required to re-enrol in the first year of the programme as repeating students.

Programme profile

This 1st cycle degree programme aims to provide solid basic ground in the conservation, documentation, management and enhancement of cultural heritage. Cultural heritage understood as the tangible and intangible sedimentation of the historical development of human civilisation (and a basis for further development) is particularly important in a country like Italy. Its study therefore implies learning in a wide range of different subject areas. Part of these focus on the correct contextualisation and understanding of the cultural value of heritage, referring to different fields of knowledge: humanities, philology, law, history, anthropology and of course more specialist sectors of history, art, musicology, etc.

Other subjects cover the methodologies and techniques of managing cultural heritage: these include conservation and restoration sciences, archaeology, library studies and archiving, computing applied to cultural heritage; chemistry and physics for cultural heritage, palaeontology and anthropology, cultural heritage law, and finally a set of more specific technical subjects covering more in-depth and targeted subjects. A feature of this second area of study are the laboratories, highlighting how the integration of a cultural approach with a more technical and methodological approach is one of the keystones of this programme.

The departmental laboratories used to study these areas are among the best equipped in the country.

The complexity of the subject areas revolving around this learning area, focusing on cultural assets and heritage has led to the definition of certain curricular choices: the identification of some core course units considered important for graduates to be able to intervene in a highly complex and diversified subject, which spans from “objects” of archaeological or historical-artistic interest to symbols, myths, sounds and intangible traditions; the orientation towards a curriculum combining the sensitivity and vocational choices of students and offer substance and credibility to the emerging graduate profiles; the need in any case to provide a set of technical knowledge gained also through specific internships (or excavations), that are able to provide concrete orientations in the job market. At the end of the programme, graduates will be able to identify a specific cultural heritage, recognise its state of conservation and reconstruct and outline its context of origin. They will therefore be able to design a general path of action for its preservation and enhancement. They will understand the importance that heritage holds within the community, starting from a local dimension, and in order to do so will be able to operate in both historical terms and in the analysis of the relationship between society and culture in the context they are working in. They will also be able to organise the available data to assure the correct analysis of the heritage, for both cataloguing, historical description and critical analysis. They will be able to produce technical reports, short summaries concerning excavation activities and archiving, as well as more complex texts, targeting a wider public, for the presentation, conservation and enhancement of the heritage. They will be familiar with the legal framework of the cultural heritage, main modern computer programmes adopted by the institutions and organisations working in the field of cultural heritage, and will have a strong command of at least one foreign language.

Expected learning outcomes

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Access to further study

It gives access to second cycle studies (laurea specialistica/magistrale) and master universitario di primo livello.

Career opportunities

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