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					                                   DEGREE COURSE
                                        in
           SCIENCES AND TECHNIQUES FOR THE
           RESTORATION AND CONSERVATION OF
                  CULTURAL HERITAGE
The First Degree in the Sciences and Techniques for the Restoration and Conservation of Cultural
Heritage was established in 2001 with the objective of forming experts specialised in diagnostic
skills which are necessary for the restoration and conservation of cultural assets. During the three-
year First Level Science Degree, coursework emphasises the acquisition of knowledge for
characterising cultural assets and understanding the primary materials and methods of the field such
age-tagging techniques which are used to diagnose the state of conservation. In addition the First
Degree Course is designed to cultivate a general appreciation of the cultural identity of items
targeted for restoration. A scientific approach to restoration and conservation should not only define
the appropriate constituent materials which can immediately safeguard and conserve cultural
heritage from further deterioration but should do so, giving priority to the maintenance of cultural
identity. The main objective of this Degree Programme is therefore to help students cultivate a
‘total interpretation’ mind-frame through systematic interdisciplinary training which is integrated to
provide maximum understanding, sensitivity and acquaintance with the art and techniques for
restoring and conserving diverse cultural heritage in their varied artistic, architectonic and
archaeological forms.

Coursework in The Sciences and Techniques for the Restoration and Conservation of Cultural
Heritage aims to provide its graduates competencies for using the instruments and diagnostic
techniques of the field plus the confidence to revise and elaborate basic scientific knowledge
relevant to restoration and conservation. To achieve this, coursework provides opportunities to
manage and become familiar with technical analyses, sharpen observation and appreciation skills,
and develop awareness of how interventions are best integrated with earlier conservation and
restoration efforts. In addition, some coursework is also incorporated to acquaint students with the
local as well as international politics influencing the protection, conservation and management of
cultural patrimony. This very integrated and interdisciplinary approach aims, therefore, to provide
graduates with competencies to not only apply restoration practices and techniques but above all, to
do so through the educated awareness and understanding of local and international cultural as well
as political issues directing patrimony conservation. Graduates are thus better prepared to interface
with various professional entities of the field contributing to more effective conservation and
restoration practices.

Courses in the Degree Programme range from frontal lessons to laboratories, tutorials, seminars,
guided visits and stages at public agencies as well as private structures, for a total of 180 credits of
coursework for the completion of the First Level Science Degree in The Sciences and Techniques
for the Restoration and Conservation of Cultural Heritage. Following the First Level Degree,
students may proceed towards the Advanced Degree Specialisation which lasts two years.

Qualifications Awarded:
  First Level Science Degree in The Sciences and Techniques for the Restoration and
   Conservation of Cultural Heritage.
  Advanced Science Degree in Diagnosis, Restoration and Conservation of Cultural Heritage.
Admission Requirements
High School Graduates of:
    five-year Advanced Secondary Schools/Institutions
    four-year Advanced Secondary Schools/Institutions who have also successfully completed a
      year-long integrative course
    foreign institutes with equivalent degrees.

Educational and Professional Goals
The First Degree in The Sciences and Techniques for the Restoration and Conservation of Cultural
Heritage provides students integrated training to 1) progress towards advanced coursework
(Advanced Degree, Master, Doctorates in scientific research and experimentation); 2) teach the
subject at various levels of instruction as well as; 3) become directly integrate into the workforce
and professional activities of the field e.g. with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, with both public
and private conservation entities, museums, cultural tourism and communications.

In particular, Science Graduates in The Sciences and Techniques for the Restoration and
Conservation of Cultural Heritage will receive technical training which prepares them as:
    Field Analysts who are trained in in situ surveillance, examination and classification of
       macroscopic degradation, sampling, and testing,
    Laboratory Analysts familiar with the methods and instrumentations of degradation analysis,
    Laboratory Researchers who experiment with new materials and techniques of conservation
       and restoration,
    Cultural Docents responsible for the tutelage and dissemination of culture and knowledge of
       cultural heritage and its restoration and conservation.

Access to Further Studies
Advanced Degrees, Masters and Doctorates in related fields in both the Sciences and Arts.

Course Structure Diagram (click here)

Final Test
The Final Test consists of an oral presentation of a written Final Research Project to be presented
before a Degree Course Commission. The Research should address an aspect of the First Degree
curriculum and is expected to present field-data which is collected and elaborated upon under the
supervision of a Faculty member of the Degree Course.

Examination and Assessment Regulations
Attendance is obligatory. The examination mode of each course is variable (see Individual Course
Descriptions) and may be only or a combination of written, orals, or laboratory experimentations.
Students must accrue at least 60 credits per year, with a minimum grade of 18/30 per course and
with the possibility of "30 e lode" granted to exceptional work and performance throughout the
course. The First Degree is rewarded upon completion of 180 credits of coursework and the
successful discussion of the Final Research Project (see the Faculty Assessment and Examination
Regulations, section 2.2.2. for more details).

ECTS Contact Person
Professor Philomène Gattuso
caterina.gattuso@unical.it
c.gattuso@tiscalinet.it

				
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