A two-year, international-standard course, the School of Cultural Heritage educates to themes revolving around cultural heritage with a multidisciplinary approach. The course includes theory classes, seminars, and internships to be carried out at nodes of the network that administer cultural heritage and activities in the Italian territory, with the purpose of developing the skills required to carry out management duties within the facilities that operate under the protection, management, enhancement, and promotion of cultural properties.


The selection procedure is based on qualifications and an interview with the applicant. Young scholars who want to apply should have a higher-education background including third-level academic qualifications obtained in Italy or abroad, such as a PhD or specialist schools’ courses in subjects pertaining to cultural heritage.

Fluency in Italian and English in both written and oral communication is a prerequisite for admission.


The School intends to engraft a fresh body of knowledge onto the existing specialized skills of the students, such as financial and managerial, historical, juridical and administrative, geological, and environmental subjects, including land conservation, curatorship, museology, communication, applied mathematics, and technology.

The structure of the course consists of few, short basic/theoretical classes conducted through case studies alongside several seminars and exercises, activating modes of learning through experience, analysis, and management of actual problems. These are designed for those who have a strong educational background.

An 85-hour preparatory course includes a series of classes on administrative law, social statistics, principles of organization and management, and communication. Its goal is to provide the base knowledge in key subject areas for building the skills required to manage the cultural heritage.

The next step is a 715-hour common module to provide skills spanning across the different subjects in order to build a shared culture of managerial and administrative responsibility as well as in managing complexity and innovation in the realm of cultural heritage.

The common module is followed by a 200-hour specialized module that is chosen at the moment of registration among the following:

– Protection of cultural heritage

– Archive and database data management

– Library and database data management

– Museums and museum clusters management and organization

– Territory development and contemporary art

Over the second year, students experience a 12-month internship with the goal of developing the skills required to perform management duties. Internships are carried out at facilities that are active in the protection, management, enhancement, and promotion of cultural properties.

At the end of the two years, following an assessment of the student’s complete training course and experience and of the final report, an Advanced Training certificate is issued.