Joint Degree Programme between the University of Applied Arts Vienna
and Silpakorn University International College (Bangkok, Thailand)
aims at graduates of conservation-restoration study programmes (MA, Mag.art., 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.
The Joint Master programme comprises study phases
at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and Silpakorn University International College in Bangkok.
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.
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.
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
and teaching skills to deliver basic conservation training to diverse groups of international students
in communication and presentation
- advanced project (and site) management skills
- their own professional networks
based on practical collaboration experiences during the Master programme