The Bachelor of Cultural Heritage programme lasts a total of 4 years. The 1st, 2nd and 1st semester of the 3rd 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 year and a half are considered to be the profiling phase, at which you will start your specialization.
Each year consists of quarterly periods of 9 weeks. The final week is a concluding exam week. The programme contains projects, lectures, seminars, excursions and an international study trip. 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 1st year contains an average of 14 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 4 projects in the 1st year are about heritage, visitors, the work field and presentation. Several courses, which partially tie in with the project, are offered in addition. A study trip to Paris is scheduled in the spring.
- The focus of the 2nd year lies on how to incorporate various aspects of conservation, management, repurposing and communication into a plan. This year contains an internship of 15 weeks; which is an introduction to the practice of the work field. This year concludes with a study trip to Berlin.
- The 3rd year addresses cultural self-employment. A group based business plan will be created for a self-devised heritage institution. In the 2nd semester you specialize by choosing one of the internal minors or customizing one. The 3rd-year’s study trip is to London.
- 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 P.J.A. van Mensch award.