The Bachelor of Cultural Heritage programme lasts a total of 4 years. The first- and second year (the major) are considered as the foundation phase. All students follow an identical programme and are broadly trained in the field of heritage. The following two years are considered to be the profiling phase, at which you will start your specialization.
Each year consists of quarterly periods of 9 weeks. Each quarterly period contains a project and 4 courses which partially tie in with the project. There are lectures, seminars and trainings. The group based projects are actual cases or real assignments for heritage institutions. The best plan gets chosen after a pitch and will be implemented.
The first year contains an average of fourteen credit hours per week. The remaining hours are spent either group based at the academy or individually at home. Lectures will start 9 am at its earliest and will finish no later than 4.50 pm.
- The first year is about heritage, visitors, the work field and presentation.
- The second year contains an internship of 15 weeks. The focus of this year lies on how to incorporate various aspects of conservation, management, repurposing and communication into a plan.
- The third year addresses cultural self-employment. A group based business plan will be created for a self-devised heritage institution. The first semester represents a transition. There are collective courses, but you are also able to set personal emphasis on projects and take optional courses. In the second semester you specialize by choosing one of the six minors or customizing one. The third-year’s study trip to London will pay attention to visitor studies, presentation and exhibition.
- The final year concludes with an internship, combined with a thesis, in which a (practical) problem is solved and a project plan gets written and executed. During your internship you will get the opportunity to put acquired knowledge and skills into practice. The research will focus on a methodical approach of a relevant practice problem in the field of heritage. Theses may qualify for the Pieter Jan Abraham van Mensch award.