Academic year 2020/2021


Basic Information

Qualification awarded


Qualification Type/Level

EHEA First cycle; EQF Level 6

Number of Years/credits

3 years; 180 ECTS

Mode of Study


*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own pace. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.

Name of the Course Director and other contact information

President of the Degree Course Council:


Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Arturo Marzano

Language of Teaching


Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or equivalent foreign qualification.

Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences

Obligatory entrance exam for orientation purposes (non-selective).

Required knowledge and competences support programmes

Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.

General Information

Programme Profile

The goal of this degree course is to form professionals combining a sound grounding in the fields of history, geography, Italian literature and a second European language, with such specific competences in the different branches of the cultural heritage as to be able to understand and implement any new scholarly, methodological and technological innovations.
Graduates in Cultural Heritage Studies will be capable of:

• delivering technical assistance in the different branches of the Cultural Heritage (archaeological, art-historical, and libraries and archives), according to the curriculum in which they have enrolled;

• recognizing their professional and ethical duties;

• working independently and as part of a team according to their set levels of autonomy;

• fitting into varying working environments ranging from public institutions to state departments, from schools to private enterprises etc.;

The Degree Course’s structure is arranged over three specific curricula for each main section of the cultural heritage:

• Archaeology
• History of Art
• Libraries and Archives.

For each of the three curricula there will be two three-year options, the choice being between a profession-oriented and a methodological course of studies, the latter being propaedeutic to higher study. These two courses will have in common the first two years with their foundation and core subjects; they will differ with respect to subsidiary and related subjects, as well as to practicals, stages and laboratories which carry a heavier weight in the profession-oriented course of studies. All three curricula will also include a high-flyer pathway distinguished by additional activities, consistent high-grade scoring and the completion of the degree course by the statutory deadline.

Key Learning Outcomes

Graduates will achieve (each in his/her chosen curriculum):

• the appropriate range of knowledge and competence (in the field of archaeology this will range from pre-history to the middle ages, from the Mediterranean area to the near East, from landscape to urban archaeology and archeometry etc.; in the field of art history the time span will cover from the middle ages to the XXI century, ranging from Italian to European and North-American art, including architecture and the applied arts; in the field of libraries and archives they will be familiar with a variety of archival sources ranging from manuscripts to incunabula, old and modern printed editions);
• relevant technical and operational knowledge (including morphological and structural awareness) of the different types of cultural heritage, the properties of their media and materials, of the methodologies based on technical analysis and of the available conservation and preservation technologies;
• appropriate knowledge of the legal framework, managment procedures and presentation techniques.

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

Graduates will develop skills in

• the classification , cataloguing and sourcing of a variety of cultural heritage;
• the interface with restoration experts;
• the use of the main database and IT systems;

Making judgements
Graduates will have developed critical skills with which to assess data on the cultural heritage, take decisive action and interact with both colleagues and the wider public

Communication skills
Graduates will be able to write informative and descriptive texts on the cultural heritage (leaflets, guidebooks, press releases, teaching material for the schools, newspaper and magazine articles).

Learning skills
Graduates will achieve control of the learning tools necessary for the continued upgrading of their knowledge (capacity to access bibliographical tools, both through the traditional sources of libraries and archives, as well as by means of web-based repositories).

Access to further study

The Laurea Degree in CULTURAL HERITAGE STUDIES normally gives direct access to the corresponding Second Cycle degree programme. It also gives access to some other Second Cycle degree programmes, in which case extra work may be necessary for admission.

Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading

Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, commentary of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer based on the performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. The main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of the examination and final grades among students for each degree programme, in order to facilitate the comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on the occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated based on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).

**The exam sessions are organised into sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The students choose which of the appelli they wish to respond to. In most cases, it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.

Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification

The final examination consists of a discussion (with rating),in front of an official panel of examiners, of a long essay through which the student should demonstrate his/her acquired ability to research and formulate an argument. Depending on the chosen c

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2020/2021