2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master in History, preservation and enhancement of artistic and archaeological heritage and landscape

Degree programme

Programme type 2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 9218
Degree Programme Class LM-2 - Archaeology
LM-89 - Art history
Years in which the programme is being held I, II
Type of access Open access with assessment of personal competencies
Curricula The degree programme is divided into the following curricula:
  • Percorso archeologico
  • Percorso storico-artistico
Place of teaching Ravenna
Degree Programme Director Anna Chiara Fariselli
Language Italian

Programme profile

This second cycle degree programme sets out to train professionals whose career opportunities aim to answer the demands of the regional and national job market; a market defined by the collaboration between archaeologists, art historians, museum conservators and curators, to provide appropriate intervention strategies aimed at revealing, conserving, enhancing and preserving in museums, cultural and landscape heritage. The programme catalogue sets out, firstly, to meet the need to preserve specific cultural aspects of the territory in profitable synergy with research centres, bodies involved in the protection of cultural heritage, public administration sand the new professional figures dedicated to the enhancement of cultural heritage communications. This second cycle degree programme allows graduates to undertake professional museology and museography activities, manage and promote the enhancement of cultural goods and sites, plan cultural and communication events via traditional, information technology and multimedia means. Additionally, graduates have the skills required to create conservation programmes for archaeological and historic-artistic goods and plan museum maintenance and exhibitions, oversee their implementation, including in consideration of environment conditions, compile intervention reports in a critical and philologically correct manner, organise exhibitions and events, divulge scientific data using the latest technologies. Graduates are also aware of the cultural aspects pertaining to archaeological contexts, and are therefore able to apply relevant and effective procedures in the field of theoretical and applied research. Additionally, the tools they will be provided will give them the highest level of knowledge of artefacts and contexts pertaining to the different fields of archaeology.
The second cycle degree programme implies the knowledge of the basics in cultural heritage knowledge, research and enhancement, with particular reference to archaeological and historical-artistic disciplines, underpinned by history, philological-literary, juridical and technical and scientific notions. Therefore, the focus is on acquiring further competences in archaeological and historical-artistic disciplines, depending on the curricula. Particular attention is given to the techniques and terminology pertaining to the protection and enhancement of the cultural and landscape heritage.
The wide range of materials and methods learned will allow graduates to correctly assess the need to improve their knowledge and apply their efforts according to the requirements of the society in which they operate. With particular regard to the sensitive matter of the conservation and dissemination of cultural heritage and the transmission of these values to the new generations. Seminar activities and direct contact with specialists actively involved in archaeological and historical-artistic research will accustom students to communicating not just what they have learned, but especially their personal and team elaborations in relation to ideas, specific projects or programmes.
The study plan is structured in curricula within which students can follow teaching programmes focused on areas divided according to geographical-cultural and/or chronological contexts: it includes mandatory activities within the core learning activities of both subject groups, pertaining to museum studies, protection and dissemination of cultural heritage and of the most advanced techniques used to catalogue, enhance and manage cultural heritage goods; in this context (Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies), students have the chance to focus their studies on both the archaeological and the historical-artistic context, acquiring competencies in both classes. During the first year, students are given the opportunity to direct their studies towards classical archaeology or late ancient and medieval or oriental archaeology and develop competencies in the history of medieval, modern and contemporary art, or in the art critic and restoration techniques area. In line with their cultural/chronological choice, students can acquire historical-literary competencies in classical, late-ancient/medieval, modern contexts. During the second year, students learn enhancement methods and techniques and hard science competencies applied to the diagnostics and conservation of archaeological and historical-artistic documentation. Students may also choose between internship, laboratory or excavation activities, all aimed at further developing and improving their competencies and providing them with skills spendable in the world of work within the cultural heritage sector. The programme – complex but rich with learning opportunities due to its wide scope– is completed by activities thanks to which students can make their personal choice to either further develop their knowledge in their chosen field, or widen their competencies in other disciplines connected to studying, cataloguing, preserving and enhancing cultural heritage outside the archaeological and historical-artistic contexts.


Expected learning outcomes


Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master universitario di secondo livello.


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