The objective here is to offer a course of study that is both theoretically essential and practice-oriented, and which can also lead to promising career opportunities in Switzerland. This program, whose form is unique, offers students the opportunity to combine the study of monument preservation in the "Monument Preservation and Monument Management" application area as a minor (30 credits) with a regular Art History major (90 credits) in the Master program. In this manner, monument preservation is not only addressed in its practical form, but also and especially within the context of its cultural and historical dimension and meaning.
Structural and artistic monuments are unique and irreplaceable historical objects. They are the material manifestations of craftsmanship and technical expertise from the past and are thus storehouses of information in the broadest sense of the word. They therefore hold great significance as objects that create identity on the regional, national and international level. Monument preservation is a public service function whose mission is to collect information on cultural heritage objects, assess and appraise them and ensure that they are handled and managed properly. Because activities here also include research into the history of such objects, their significance in the present and their preservation for the future, monument preservation also plays an important role in the design of the environments we live in, which means it involves a certain amount of social responsibility as well.
The program's lectures (3 credits) and courses (5 credits) are divided into two areas for basic knowledge and practice-oriented instruction.
Lecture: Theory and History of Monument Preservation
Lecture: Monument Preservation in Switzerland
Course: Comparison of Monument Preservation Concepts and Policies in Europe
Course: Methods of Monument Preservation, Monument Preservation Studies
Course: Monument Preservation Projects; Analyses and Restoration Critiques
Course: Monument Management, Tourism, Marketing, Use / Over-use
Students must also compete an internship lasting at least four weeks in a monument preservation organization/association (4 credits).
Course are taught by external experts with theoretical and practical experience in the areas of specialized monument preservation, monument preservation policy and monument preservation research at universities.
The current group of lecturers:
Other employees from the Cantonal Monument Management department in Bern.
Conception and development
Institute of Art History at the University of Bern, Department of Architecture History and Monument Preservation – with specialist colleagues.
Individual academic requirements
The following academic qualifications are required for admission to the master’s degree program in Art History: Monument Preservation and Monument Management (mono):a)Bachelor's degree from a university with a major or minor in Art History (120 and 60 ECTS credits, respectively)b)Bachelor's degree from a university with a major in a different branch of studies, provided that the master's degree can be successfully completed with an additional maximum 60 ECTS credits.
The bachelor's degree may not be more than ten years old. Exceptions are possible where justified.
a) three modern foreign languages or
b) Latin plus two modern foreign languages
Evidence of language proficiency must be presented before the master's degree program can be completed. These language skills are acquired as part of extracurricular studies during the master's degree program. The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments.
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