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Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management

Basic information
Name of programme (original language)
Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management
Cultural Heritage Area
Safeguarding and preservation
Planning and Management
Dissemination and Communication
Programme description

The programme is geared to graduates of conservation-restoration (BA of at least 7 semesters, MA,, Dipl.-Rest.) who wish to enlarge their competences in international project work, in teaching and conveying restoration knowledge, in project and site management, and in the preservation of both cultural and world heritage. All this is based on an innovative transcultural and interdisciplinary approach.

Within the framework of the study programme, two groups of students with different academic qualifications meet and spend individual study segments together in both Vienna and Bangkok; a setup that enables learning from and with each other.

Students are invited to participate in international projects of the Institute of Conservation and to expand their competences in the practical application of conservation and collection care.
The programme’s language of instruction is English and includes a stay at the Silpakorn University International College in Bangkok.

The Master of Arts (MA) is awarded by both the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Silpakorn University International College in Bangkok (joint degree).

Is the programme a joint degree programme?
Double degree
Joint delivery
Qualification provider
Does the E&T programme lead to a formal qualification?
Education category (HE/VET/HE-VET)
Higher Education (HE)
Education format
Programme Type
Continuing Education and Training (CET)
Academic degree
One time event or regular basis
Programme takes place on a regular basis
every two years
Last time it the programme took place (start date)
Number of annual graduates of the programme
Statistics / Formal status
Core function
R&D and Education
Supplementary functions
Preservation and Safeguarding
Does the programme lead to a regulated profession?
Characterization of the E&T programme
Credit system
ECTS credits
Student work load (hours)
Study format
Full-time & part-time mixed
Are there access requirements?
Access requirements Description

Admission to the programme is open to students holding  a diploma or an equivalent degree (MA, Dipl.-Rest) in conservation-restoration and is subject to the general admission requirements of the University of Applied Arts Vienna. English proficiency (minimum level B2, CEFR) is a prerequisite as the language of instruction is English.

The admission procedure consists of two phases: written application and interview.

Teaching language
Programme learning outcomes

The study programme objective is to convey competences such as the management of restoration projects and UNESCO world heritage sites. Also, the programme aims at the development of communication skills required to communicate effectively with stakeholders and local communities.

New work areas in the field of cultural heritage preservation are explored, and teaching competences in conservation-restoration are developed and practised.

Is there a mandatory (external) practical training?
Mode of delivery of education / training
Quality assurance obligations of the programme/institution
Description of quality assurance obligations of the programme / institution

Pursuant to § 14 of the Universities Act, each university is obliged to secure its quality and performance by setting up its own quality management system to cover the tasks and the whole performance spectrum of the university. Pursuant to § 22 HS-QSG, this system is to be audited every seven years in order to attain an external certification. In this context, HS-QSG cites a number of assessment areas for which the university should have quality management procedures.  The audit is to be contracted to a recognized quality assurance agency, which in turn will appoint a group of five international reviewers who will – based on a written self-evaluation of the Angewandte and a subsequent on-site visit of 2-3 days – engage with the quality management system and consequently hand in an assessment. They may approve the quality management system straight away, or they may draw up recommendations or requirements. Based on these, the agency will make a decision on the certification.
The audit of the quality management system, as set out for Austrian universities, is embedded in a pan-European context. It looks at the correlation between the university’s strategy and its structures and instruments that are applied to reflect on and further develop quality.
In the run-up to the last audit, the Angewandte decided to develop a very specific approach to best support the university in achieving its objectives. The Angewandte sees itself as a dynamic and change-oriented organization that heavily banks on the participation and self-reliance of its staff members and students. Communication, participative processes and need-based offers of support are therefore given high priority in the implementation of its approach to quality enhancement. 
 In 2015, the Angewandte was one of the first universities of art to undergo an audit of its quality management system and successfully obtained its certification. In the approach to the renewal in 2023, the Angewandte has strived for utilising the process for self-reflection and further development as far as possible, hereby also determining reasonable adjustments and commencing their introduction.
On the basis of the positive assessment, the accreditation commission of the commissioned quality assurance agency evalag has resolved the certification of the quality management system on 29 September 2023. The certification is valid until 28 September 2030

All courses of the study programme are regularly evaluated by the students.

Tuition cost

The tuition fee charges are determined depending on the type of study programme and the citizenship of the student.

Students with an EU/EEA or Swiss citizenship

  • pay currently EUR 22,70 Students' Union fee each semester given the duration of studies has not exceeded the study time according to the curriculum* plus two additional semesters of tolerance.

  • pay currently EUR 386,06 (EUR 363,36 tuition fee + EUR 22,70 Students' Union fee) each semester given the duration of studies has exceeded the study time according to the curriculum* plus two additional semesters of tolerance.

Students with citizenship outside of the EU/EEA

  • pay currenlty EUR 749,42 each semester

Are grants available?
Description of available grants

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