Profile of the programme

Increasing digitalisation in the conservation of cultural heritage

Today, innovative ways of digitisation are being taken in the preservation of historical monuments, museum science and the protection of cultural heritage. The digital recording of buildings and objects has become just as much a part of the standard of a basic determination of historical monuments as the permanent monitoring of the condition of a building with intelligent sensor systems. The aim is the digital synthesis of all data relevant to the object. The Master's programme in Digital Heritage Technologies, unique in Germany, offers you an overview of the capabilities and limitations of current and emerging technologies. It opens up the possibility of acquiring in-depth knowledge in the application of such technologies in selected areas. The course thus responds to the need for specialists at the interface of heritage conservation and technology. In four semesters, it leads to a second professional qualification with a broad application-oriented profile.

The programme prepares you for complex applications in the high-tech field of heritage conservation. The interdisciplinary team of lecturers, the professional differentiation and the technical equipment guarantee an up-to-date education. The University of Bamberg and the Coburg University of Applied Sciences enjoy an excellent reputation in the heritage, object and engineering sciences as well as in application-oriented digital technologies.

Topics and objectives of the programme

The programme conveys the current digital recording, archiving, analysis, monitoring, simulation, planning and communication procedures in the field of building and heritage conservation and the protection of cultural assets, explores the development potential of digital technologies and further improves their interdisciplinary networking possibilities. 

Current issues of content design within heritage technologies and their integration into digital humanities as well as aspects of standardisation, sustainable data management, knowledge distribution and, above all, networking, introduction, dissemination and further development of technical instruments will be addressed. 

The aim of the course is to impart theoretical and practical basics in digital heritage technologies as well as to develop critical evaluation and application skills and the ability to develop object-oriented solutions. The focus is on the assessment of existing structures, their properties and the associated ageing behaviour of historical buildings and objects. In addition, you will develop an awareness of the importance of the considered cultural assets as knowledge repositories, historical sources and components of regional identities.

Characteristics

The master's programme in Digital Heritage Technologies is an education with a major technical component that specialises in the digital technologies used in the preservation of cultural heritage and prepares students for complex applications in the high-end sector. 

As a Master of Arts (MA), the master's programme in Heritage Conservation, which is also run by the Department of Heritage Sciences, provides a broader range of specialist knowledge in the fields of Heritage Studies, Building Research and Restoration Sciences.

Target group

The programme Digital Heritage Technologies is aimed at Bachelor graduates (or higher graduates) in particular from civil engineering, (interior) architecture, all courses of study in the field of preservation of cultural heritage, restoration, computer science, digital humanities, digital art history, but also geodesy, archive studies, geography, archaeology, cultural management or communication design with a decidedly technical, mathematical or scientific background. (Further information under "admission and enrolment") 

For this very heterogeneous target group, the programme is organised in such a way that, depending on previous education, missing basics in different areas can be supplemented by the broadly diversified basic modules and the selection of in-depth modules and specialisations can be further qualified in the desired field of interest. 

The aim is not to standardise, but rather to expand competences so that interdisciplinary work and understanding of the various disciplinary cultures in the field of heritage conservation and cultural property protection can take effect.