The aim of the BA in Cultural Heritage Studies (L-1) is to train professionals able to carry out different activities within (or in collaboration with) public institutions and private enterprises in the sector of the artistic and archaeological patrimony, and cultural industry by and large. The two curricula of the degree course have been designed to provide students with historical and theoretical studies as well as practical capabilities (the course includes a mandatory, 150-hour internship in a partner institution).
Graduates from this BA possess fundamental knowledge in their selected curriculum: Art History, or Archaeology. The art history curriculum provides a grounding knowledge of the various expressions of western artistic production from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, encompassing visual arts, architecture, and applied arts. The archaeology curriculum addresses the archaeological recovery of past cultures, from pre-history to the Middle Ages – in the Mediterranean area, Egypt and Ancient Near East – the understanding of the archaeological patterning of landscape, urban archaeology, archaeometry, etc. Both curricula train students with supplementary skills required in the management of cultural heritage. These include legislation and services to the public; information technologies applied to the field; basic scientific methodologies in research and conservation; communication abilities. The degree programme is strongly committed to collaboration with external institutions on the basis of projects involving teachers, students, graduates and technical staff, with a view to enhancing the cultural economy of the territory and fully integrating the degree course into the local system.