This master aims to prepare applicants who intend to work in the sector of Cultural Heritage. Students will have the opportunity to develop a pragmatic and practical approach to the themes relating to cultural heritage, preservation and conservation through a series of hands-on experiences at restoration sites and laboratories combined with the direct study of artworks and practical internship sessions in enterprises and institutions.
In the sector of study and management of Historical and Cultural Heritage, the themes of conservation and restoration have a strong and prominent role: Cultural Heritage preservation is our responsibility. Urban artefacts, ecclesiastical artworks, public institution furniture or museum artefacts need proper preservation, conservation and evaluation strategies. Despite these clear needs, art historians and technicians working in this sector sometimes do not receive, as part of their academic education and training, adequate instruments for a correct interpretation of a work of art’s state of deterioration or risk factors. They are often not well instructed about the most proper procedures for artwork maintenance and conservation and for the work of co-ordination of the restoration process.
This master aims to prepare applicants who intend to work in the sector of Cultural Heritage, providing competencies and skills in sectors which are sometimes overlooked in educational programmes. Students will have the opportunity to develop a pragmatic and practical approach to the themes relating to cultural heritage, preservation and conservation through a series of hands-on experiences at restoration sites and laboratories combined with the direct study of artworks and practical internship sessions in enterprises and institutions.
Students will be able, at the end of the course, to recognise and evaluate cultural heritage artworks and their constitution materials, to consider the possibility of launching conservation and restoration campaigns, to choose and identify the exhibition premises and the most appropriate exhibition plans, to choose the right type of marketing and management plans for museums and cultural institutions and to programme cultural, evaluation and fruition events and programmes. Students will have the opportunity to test their acquired techniques of management and organisation through a dedicated practical project workshop. They will be involved in the practical organisation of a restoration project to be organised in the Florentine area.
The professional profile defined by this course is that of a manager with a high level of cultural experience and with good specific knowledge which covers various types of art skills and resources such as the history of museums and related problems in terms of management and organisation, including staff and human resources management and information skills and technologies. Students will also be able to recognise and evaluate cultural heritage artworks, to consider the possibility of launching conservation and restoration campaigns, to choose and identify the exhibition premises and the most appropriate exhibition plans, to choose the right type of artwork allocation and movement, to examine all the risks connected to the artefacts’ construction materials and to determine the necessary choices for preserving artworks and programmed maintenance respecting current sector laws and regulations.
Educational Training, Term Dates and Location
First session (09 February 2015 – 17 July 2015): theoretical sessions, project work sessions, technical visits, practical training, conferences and technical meetings, seminars, visiting professor sessions, research and documentation, intermediate checking and evaluations, laboratory of restoration.
The second session (31 August 2015 – 18 December 2015): at least a 4 months practical internship with a possible extension in Italy or abroad. Final exams.
This master is reserved to:
Italian graduates of the “vecchio ordinamento didattico” (before the University reform act of the Academic Year 2001/2002) in “Letter”, History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Cultural Heritage Technician, Architecture and similar.
Italian graduates of the “nuovo ordinamento didattico” in all the degrees included in the following list: Science of Cultural Heritage, Technologies for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, Conservation and Restoration, History of Art and similar. Science of Tourism applied to Cultural Heritage, Economy of territorial Tourism, Communication and Management of Art and Culture Markets and similar.
International graduates with equivalent degrees coming from foreign universities. Please be aware that this course is taught in Italian. A B2 level in the European Common Framework is required before beginning the course. Language support is available during the course. Please contact the Secretariat for advice about intensive Italian language programmes.
Graduates in other degree courses, with previous the advance approval of the Scientific Committee.
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