Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management

Joint Master programme

Academic degree: MA (Master of Arts)
Credits: 90 ECTS
Duration: 3
Language: Englisch / English
Start: March 2021

Joint Degree Programme between the University of Applied Arts Vienna and Silpakorn University International College (Bangkok, Thailand)

Programme Description

The study aims at graduates of conservation-restoration study programmes (MA,, Dipl.-Rest.) who intend to develop and refine their competences by gaining hands-on experience in international conservation project work, in teaching and didactics, in project and site management, and in the preservation of cultural as well as world heritage.
To achieve this, the programme takes an innovative, transcultural, and interdisciplinary approach.
It brings together two groups of students with different academic qualifications and creates an environment of mutual enrichment and learning. Students from both universities spend parts of the study programme together, both in Vienna and Bangkok. They explore new work fields in cultural heritage preservation and develop teaching and training skills in conservation.
The programme provides students with tools applicable to the management of cultural heritage and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Skills in communicating with stakeholders and communities are further developed and refined.
Students are also invited to participate in international projects that focus on practical conservation and collection care.
The programme is held in English and for Angewandte students it includes a compulsory study period at Silpakorn University International College in Bangkok.

Information about studying and admission can be found in the curriculum, advice about the entrance exam is provided on the website of the institute.

Programme Structure

The Joint Master programme comprises study phases at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and Silpakorn University International College in Bangkok.
Angewandte students spend the first two semesters in Vienna. During the first semester, they take courses on Asian cultural heritage, transcultural communication and collaboration, and they prepare materials for the conservation teaching. Within this practice-oriented format students take on the role of facilitators and guide their colleagues through the work process of conservation.
The second semester includes introductions to sites of religious practice, reflections on transcultural collaboration and advanced courses in preventive conservation.
In the third semester, Silpakorn and Angewandte students spend a joint study phase in Bangkok focusing on courses and workshops on cultural heritage management, communication practice, and Asian art and culture, concluding this phase with another conservation teaching workshop.
Students are free to choose whether to prepare their Master thesis in Bangkok or Vienna.
During the course of study all students have the opportunity to participate in international conservation projects with the focus on practical work and collection care organized by the Institute of Conservation.

Qualifications of graduates

Graduates from the Angewandte are equipped with:
  • knowledge of relevant aspects of Asian culture and history
  • profound understanding of the international professional field of conservation and restoration, including relevant international organizations and networks
  • transcultural communication and collaboration skills
  • didactic and teaching skills to deliver basic conservation training to diverse groups of international students
  • competence in communication and presentation
  • advanced project (and site) management skills
  • their own professional networks based on practical collaboration experiences during the Master programme

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