Frequently Asked Questions
Preliminary information before your application
Are there any information events or open days?
Yes, there is an Open Day every year at the Competence Centre for Heritage Conservation Studies and Technologies (KDWT) on the "Open Monument Day". You can visit the rooms Am Zwinger 4/6 in Bamberg and make an appointment for a course of studies or contact us by mail.
The Coburg University of Applied Sciences organises the Campus.Design Open every year at the beginning of July, parallel to the Coburg Design Days. This is where the Faculty of Design presents itself as an open campus. Students of the individual study courses show their works. In addition, there are public lectures, workshops, lectures, guided tours through the buildings, installations and performances. The Chair for Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation are also represented there and you will get an impression of the campus.
Unfortunately, these events will be cancelled in 2020. We will be holding a Virtual Information Day, please contact us by registration.
Can I discuss my situation and study wishes in advance with the student advisory service of the Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation?
Yes, you can do that gladly, personally or by telephone. Please contact studienberatung-msc.ddt(at)uni-bamberg.de to make an appointment. You will either talk directly to the head of the study programme (Prof. Dr. Mona Hess, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Olaf Huth), or to the departmental student advisor (Verena Schnier M.A.).
How do I study part-time? Can I study while working?
The University of Bamberg offers part-time studies, the regulations can be found here.
Please note that during the semester the studies are organised in regular weekly courses, followed by application weeks during the semester break. This is not a block study, but regular attendance is required. We will be happy to advise you on how to proceed if you would like to study part-time.
How well do I need to speak German?
You are a foreign student: Please consult the website of the Akademisches Auslandsamt (International Office) and the information on required proof of German language skills. For enrolment in the Master's programme Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation you need level B2 or an equivalent examination. Proof of your German language skills is absolutely necessary. Only after this examination will the application be forwarded to the head of the study programme for further examination and approval/provisional approval or rejection. Temporary admission without proof of B2 level is not possible. A complete online application, for applicants whose native language is not German, is recommended by July 15th. If you require a visa, your complete application should be received by 15 July at the latest.
I graduated abroad, can I study Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation?
Of course, we look forward to receiving your application! The recognition of the equivalence of your grade and your course of studies will be carried out by the Student Office. After this preliminary examination, the application is forwarded to the head of the study programme for further examination and approval/ provisional approval or rejection.
Is there a scholarship for studying? How can I finance my studies?
There may also be offers to work as a student assistant in digital monument technologies or heritage conservation, but this varies from semester to semester.
How do I learn more about studying and Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation? Are there websites and social media I can get information from?
- The website of the Chair of Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation in Bamberg, Prof. Dr. Mona Hess
- Study examination regulations and module handbook are available here and here
- The website of the master course
- The website of the University of Coburg about the master's course Digital Technologien in Heritage Coonservation
- Social Media with information on research projects, jobs, conferences, impressions from exkursions, teaching, press releases and und photos
Is my course a related course to the Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation? Will I be admitted with my previous degree / professional experience?
The programme Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation is aimed at Bachelor (equivalent or higher) graduates, in particular from civil engineering, (interior) architecture, all study programmes in the field of heritage conservation and cultural heritage protection, restoration, computer science, digital humanities/digital art history, but also surveying, archives, geography, archaeology, cultural management or communication design with a decidedly technical, mathematical or technical/scientific background. If your previous education or your course of studies is not listed here, then please talk to the departmental student advisor before applying. In case of doubt, all lecturers will look at your application and make a joint decision about your admission. Personal preliminary interviews with the departmental student advisor or the head of the study programme in Bamberg or Coburg, as well as a meaningful letter of motivation together with the online application, will clarify your objectives for the study programme to us.
My Bachelor's degree has not yet been awarded yet? Can I apply?
Yes, you can apply. The examination regulations stipulate that you can submit your Bachelor's certificate with a grade of 2.5 or higher by the end of the 1st semester. Please make sure that your bachelor's degree certificate is submitted to your bachelor's university in time.
My final grade is worse than 2.5, can I still be admitted?
No, at the moment (WS 2019/2020) your grade must be equal to or better than 2.5 (Bachelor's or Master's degree), otherwise we cannot accept you at the moment.
If you have any questions regarding special situations, please contact the Student Office of the University of Bamberg directly.
How can I apply?
Until when can I apply for the Master's programme in Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation?
Einschreibung und Studienorte, Logistik / Infrastruktur / Orte
How and when do I enrol at the University of Bamberg?
The first thing you do is register as a main listener in Bamberg.
Information on enrolment can be found on the website of the Student Office. The registration deadline in 2019 is 07 August 2019 - 04 October 2019.
The amount of the current semester fee can be found here.
Afterwards you register in Coburg as a side listener. See next question.
Do I have to enrol in Bamberg and Coburg?
Yes, the first thing you do is sign up for Bamberg. Information on enrolling as a freshman can be found here.
After that you should enrol in Coburg, preferably before the beginning of the semester. Here you do not pay the Studentenwerk fee, but only the semester ticket.
Information from the Studienbüro Coburg:
The Coburg University of Applied Sciences requires the following data to enter the secondary student status:
- Name, first name, address, place of birth, date of birth, e-mail address as well as
- a photo in digital form for the student identity card
Please transfer the fee for the semester ticket to the following bank account Please find the current amount here.
Recipient: Hochschule Coburg
Bank name: Bayerische Landesbank München
IBAN: DE20 7005 0000 2301 1903 15
Reason for payment: Name of student(s), Degree programme, Semester
Please send the data to Antje Geuther.
The Coburg University of Applied Sciences will then set you to secondary listener status by presenting the data and receiving the payment and will issue the identity cards for you. Further information can be found here.
What are the travel costs between Bamberg and Coburg?
Free travel by bus and train with Coburg semester ticket!
The travel costs between Bamberg and Coburg are completely covered by the semester ticket of the university. Please click here for more information.
The semester fee for the semester ticket is about €55, varies slightly every year and can be read here.
Are there any events in Bamberg and Coburg? And where?
Yes, the events take place at several locations, which you can find in the timetable and UnivIS. The locations are:
What's my timetable? How do I get information about the timetable?
Before each semester you will receive a timetable.
However, you can already get an overview of the events in Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation on UnivIS. (Under Lehrveranstaltung einzelner Einrichtungen > Fakultät Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften > IADK > Lehrstuhl für Digitale Denkmaltechnologien, here you will find all DDT courses including Coburg courses)
Interdisciplinary questions on Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation
Are there excursions and external courses?
Yes, it is planned to hold an excursion every year dealing with topics of digital technologies in heritage and monument preservation. In 2018 we took the students to London (modules 1 and 4) and got a look behind the scenes of digitisation in archives and museums. In 2019 we went to the fortified churches in Transylvania, Romania, to visit a selection of fortified churches and learn about their preservation; one day was dedicated to the digitisation of a fortified church.
The Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation also offer an "International Summer School Monitoring Heritage". In 2018, this took place at Bamberg Cathedral. In 2019 the Summer School will take place in Havana/Cuba.
Can I work as a student assistant in Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation?
Yes, if there are projects that require student work. Please contact us if you are interested.
Will I be in contact with the students of the M.A. Denkmalpflege?
The preservationists use the same CIP pool and have seminars in the same building (Am Zwinger 6 in Bamberg). So there are many possibilities to discuss or to arrange lunch together.
There are courses in which the students of Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation will take part (extension module Monument Preservation). You can also participate in the corresponding lecture of monument preservation (module 9A) if you choose Restoration Sciences in the extension module.
Furthermore, there is a regular's table of monument conservators to which you will be invited (without lecturers). You will also be able to meet your fellow students at the annual Monument Preservation graduation party.
Which semester times apply, Bamberg or Coburg?
Only the semester times and lecture-free days/times of the University of Bamberg apply in this study programme. There will be a difference to the semester times of the University of Coburg, but this does not apply to our study programme. You can follow the timetable for the courses, which we will give you every semester in good time.
Information on semester times / lecture times can be found here.
Do you also teach in English?
The language of instruction is predominantly German, with the exception of a lecturer and international guest speakers who will speak to you in English. The following modules are in English (Module 4 - Digital Archiving - Exercise and Lecture).
How does the course of studies progress?
If you are a full-time student, you will take the basic modules 1-5 in the first semester. Module 5 takes place in Coburg on the Streib campus. You will take written examinations for Module 1,2,4,5. This is followed by the application week of Module 3 shortly after the end of the lecture period, with the portfolio being handed in at the end of the lecture-free period. You will acquire a total of 30 ECTS credits.
In the second semester, you will take the basic modules 6-8 in the first half of the semester. You will take written examinations in modules 6 and 7 and create a portfolio for module 8 (submission during the lecture-free period). In the second half you select the specialisations (one choice per module is mandatory, the selection will be presented to you in the first half of the semester). The performance record for the in-depth seminars varies, but is usually worked out and submitted as a portfolio. In the 2nd semester you will acquire a total of 30 ECTS.
In the third semester, you will complete the profiling, the proof of achievement will vary depending on your choice. In the 3rd semester you will earn 30 ECTS. In this semester you are already considering a topic for your Master's thesis, which you will discuss with your preferred supervisor if possible.
In the fourth semester you will write your Master's thesis. You will receive a handbook with detailed information about the form and rules of the Master's thesis. The start / registration and end / submission of the Master's thesis are fixed dates.
How long does the Master's thesis take and when do I have to register and submit it?
The duration of the Master's thesis is 6 months after registration. For the Master's programme Digital Monument Technologies, we set the following dates: registration for the summer semester until 31.03. - duration: 31.03. - 30.09., submission of the Master's thesis until 30.09. of the same year; registration for the winter semester until 30.09. of the same year - duration: 30.09. - 31.03., submission of the Master's thesis until 31.03. of the following year; if the submission day falls on a weekend or a public holiday, the first following working day is considered the last submission day. A re-registration for the semester after the Master's thesis is thus avoided.
Where do the students / graduates of Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservartion work?
The first graduates will complete their studies in 2020. However, some of the students are already working as working students during their studies, e.g. at the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in Fürth. If you are interested in working as a working student in an institution, please contact us.
In which areas will I be able to work?
The graduates of the new study programme have good prospects of carrying out application-oriented projects in practice, participating in the management of data collections and exchange platforms and helping to shape future standards and development trends for integrative monument technologies in public administration, business and science.
In the field of heritage preservation, there is a need for specialists at the interface between the classical work of the architect / engineer / monument conservator or the museum expert with an innovative IT expert who is equally equipped for the needs of object sciences and IT competence in order to find appropriate solutions to problems.
Digital strategies for public relations and mediation are also increasingly being used in museums, as well as in archives and research institutions.
Graduates with comprehensive knowledge of informatics possibilities of digitisation and sustainable long-term data storage with standardised metadata are therefore sought, as can be seen in more and more job advertisements.
The use of specialized digital sensors (hardware) and software for the efficient monitoring, recording, analysis and planning of repair measures has become indispensable in the fields of engineering and architecture.
Read more about occupational fields here.