Rome is at the center of debates about global heritage. With major international organizations based in the city, as well as the greatest concentration of heritage monuments and works in the world, Rome serves as the ideal base from which to prepare students for a career in this field. This graduate degree program shapes a new type of professional by offering liberal arts, humanities and social science graduates the opportunity to acquire the expertise and practical skills necessary to become a heritage professional in the 21st century.

Program Objectives:

  1. To provide an overview of the interdisciplinary nature of the field.
  2. To give the necessary heritage management tools in line with international, national and regional strategies to enhance cultural heritage management.
  3. To provide an understanding of the tools, techniques and processes for documenting and assessing cultural resources, producing management plans, and implementation.
  4. To foster an understanding of the role of heritage agencies and organizations at international, national, local and regional levels.

The Sustainable Cultural Heritage program focuses on the community, not on state structures or institutional responses to heritage. AUR’s program aims to train students in skills that lead to roles in the heritage sector working with communities, NGOs, and other organizations to ensure the restoration and protection of sites of cultural importance.

The program does not set out to produce professionals for Italy (although it certainly has) but rather to make use of the resources of Rome and Italy that allow for practical and not just theoretical study. Our courses are not specific to sites in Italy, but Italy serves as the ideal laboratory for this kind of training.

In keeping with AUR’s promotion of vocational skills, the curriculum includes an internship placement worth three credits towards the overall degree. The internship experience is tailored to the individual student’s career of interest and is an invaluable opportunity for first-hand involvement in the field, whether it be participation in a restoration project, supporting the fundraising and marketing department of an NGO or assisting in the organization of a sustainability conference.

Prof. Piermatteo Barone using GPR to analyse a tree on AUR's campus.

Student Lia Schifitto during her internship at Santanoni Preserve.