1st Cycle Degree/Bachelor in Cultural Heritage

Degree programme

Programme type 1st Cycle Degree/Bachelor
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 8849
Degree Programme Class L-1 - Cultural heritage
Years in which the programme is being held I,II,III
Type of access Open access with assessment of basic knowledge
Place of teaching Ravenna
Degree Programme Director Claudia Sebastiana Nobili
Language Italian

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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