Learn by doing, through case studies, workshops, and group exercises
Exchange ideas with international students and faculty
Engage with experts from the ILO and other international organizations
Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, the Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development aims to impart the competences and skills required to manage cultural resources, design and implement cultural projects, and promote World Heritage Sites and other UNESCO designations. The Master combines essential knowledge of cultural economics and cultural policies with the competences needed to design projects in the cultural field. It explores in detail the economic, social, institutional and legal considerations that govern the diverse UNESCO Conventions (World Heritage, Intangible Heritage, Diversity of Cultural Expressions) and programmes (Creative Cities, Man and Biosphere, Global Geoparks, Memories of the World). The Master focuses on developing economically sound projects designed around a wide spectrum of cultural activities in the fields of natural and cultural heritage, cultural and creative industries, and tourism. There is significant emphasis on strategic management competencies and project management skills for the promotion of cultural resources, and close attention is paid to cultural market analysis and the setting-up and management of cultural districts.
The Master is intended for: - officials and/or professionals in the public and private sectors, UN agencies, foundations and NGOs; - recent university graduates from developing and developed countries; - professionals already involved in cultural projects or interested in designing and managing cultural development projects; - people working or interested in World Heritage Sites and related research. The essential requirements for admission are a university degree (minimum three years ) and fluency in English.
Focus on real world
The Master combines theory and practice.
It focuses on developing economically sound projects designed around a wide spectrum of cultural activities in the fields of natural and cultural heritage, cultural and creative industries, and tourism.
Methodology and approach
The programme promotes discussion, debate and diversity by providing opportunities for exchange and peer learning, in the classroom and during the study visits.
The course combines essential knowledge of cultural economics and cultural policies with the competences needed to design projects in the cultural field. The Programme explores in detail the economic, social, institutional and legal considerations that govern the diverse UNESCO Conventions (World Heritage, Intangible, Diversity of Cultural Expressions).
The Master aims to impart necessary competencies and skills in management of cultural resources, design and implementation of cultural projects, and promotion of World Heritage Sites and other UNESCO destinations.
The Master focuses on developing economically sound projects designed around a wide spectrum of cultural activities in the fields of natural and cultural heritage, cultural and creative industries, and tourism.
The Programme applies a multidisciplinary approach, covering the value chain of tangible and intangible resources. The Programme puts significant emphasis on strategic management competencies and project management skills for the promotion of cultural resources, with a prominent attention to the cultural market analysis and set-up and management of cultural districts.
The Master duration is 1 year with only about 3 months of face-to-face learning activities taking place in Turin, Italy. This makes the programme accessible and affordable for working practitioners and students coming from outside of Italy.
The Master combines two distance learning modules with a face-to-face period.
The first phase (02 November 2020 – 12 March 2021) is a distance learning phase supported by a tutoring service.
The second phase (15 March 2020 – 11 June 2021) is a combination of distance and face-to-face learning period that will take place in Turin, Italy at the International Training Centre of the ILO.
The third phase (14 June 2021 – 01 November 2021) is a distance learning home-based research and study period during which the students are expected to finalize their projects at work or home.
IMPORTANT: In case of an emergency situation or force majeure, the ITCILO, upon agreement with the other partner institutions, might decide to reconvert the residential phase of the Master into online lessons and exams.
The first phase (2 November 2020 – 7 February 2021) consists of distance learning modules supported by a tutoring service.
This introductory phase is a distance-learning tutor-assisted distance-learning module with the two foundational blocks:
The second phase (8 February 2021 - 14 March 2021 distance learning and 15 March 2021 – 11 June 2021 face-to-face learning) is a combination of distance and face-to-face learning that will take place in Turin, Italy at the International Training Centre of the ILO.
IMPORTANT: In case of an emergency situation or force majeure, the ITCILO, upon agreement with the other partner institutions, might decide to reconvert the residential phase of the Master into online lessons
A distance learning final research and write-up (14 June 2021 – 1 November 2021)
This module allows the students to further elaborate and develop their project documents, in order to prepare their final submission and to explore possibilities of concrete implementation.
This module introduces participants to the following topics:
This module is intended to upgrade participants’ competences in the disciplines of project cycle design and management. All phases of the project cycle are introduced and analyzed: problem analysis, stakeholder mapping, strategy selection (alternative analysis), project planning (logical framework) and scheduling, and project formulation as well as resource allocation and budgetary management.
Monitoring and evaluation of projects will also be covered. Ample opportunity is given to the participants to practice the development of the project logical framework and project appraisal techniques.
This module investigates the main cultural sectors that come into play in cultural policies, as well as the institutional, regulatory, economic framework and policies that govern their functioning. Based on students preferences, this module can include:
This module explores the main tools needed for evaluating, planning, managing and monitoring cultural resources and heritage assets. Specifically, it focuses on frameworks and methodologies and instruments for Strategic Planning and Management. It includes an illustration of tools for decision making processes and stakeholders engagements in the field of landscape and heritage enhancement.
This residential module takes place at the ITCILO campus in Turin - a modern green area closer to river Po, providing a stimulating international environment, ideal for studying, sharing experience and creating networks.
The Master has a strong international faculty including from the Universities such as Macquarie University, Ecole polytechnique, City University London, University Paris I-Sorbonne and University of Barcelona.
A number of practitioners, officials and experts from UNESCO, ILO and several other international organizations also teach on the Master, making it a valuable blend of contemporary international academic and practical experience.
The tuition fee for the 2020/21 edition is 8,500 euros.
The fee includes:
The payment, cancellation and refunds policy of the ITCILO can be consulted here.
The essential requirements for admission are a University Degree (minimum required three years University Degree) and fluency in English language.
Students will be required to sit for a number of prescribed examinations as well as to submit a full-fledged document describing their intended project that they may implement upon return.
Upon successful completion of aforementioned requirements, the participants will be awarded of a first level specializing Master's Diploma from the University and Polytechnic of Turin.
Applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee in different rounds of admission.
Interested candidates should duly complete and submit the online application form and the requested documents.
Applicants are welcome from women and men.
Only applications accompanied by the set of required documents will be considered. The Supporting Documents to include in the application form are:
Students may make their own accommodation arrangements at their own expense, off campus in Turin.
Meals are excluded and should be paid directly by students.
Any details concerning the accommodation on campus can be requested to the Master’s secretariat.
The residential part of the Master will be held at the ITCILO Campus in Torino, Italy.
The training and residential facilities consist of 21 low-rise buildings, set in ten hectares of riverside parkland. The buildings have been fully refurbished on the occasion of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.
The ITCILO campus in Torino has advanced facilities to assist students in their learning and social activities. The Guest Relations service takes care of leisure activities, while the campus provides a wide array of services such as post office, currency exchange, medical assistance, travel agency, laundry, restaurant, bar, tennis courts, football playground, and gym.
First as Italy's capital and second, as the venue of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, Torino is an industrious and enjoyable city which offers a wide variety of historical attractions and places to visit, such as the Egyptian Museum, the Royal Palace, the National Cinema Museum, the Mole Antonelliana, the Automobile Museum, the Lingotto, as well as permanent and temporary art exhibitions and music festivals.
Holders of Italian Higher Education degrees who wish to have them recognized abroad:
The bed and breakfast accommodation at the ITCILO campus covers the cost of a single room and breakfast only (no lunch or dinner).
According to ITCILO rules, the cost the bed and breakfast accommodation starts the day before (normally a Sunday) the beginning of the course and ends the day after the end of the course (normally a Saturday).
Yes, but unfortunately no assistance with obtaining visas or accommodation is provided by the ITCILO for family members or friends that wish to stay in Italy during the participant’s period of study at the ITCILO campus.
If you want your family or friends to visit you while you are in Turin, you should arrange their visas, travel and accommodation yourself.