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Description of studies and recipients

The Academy of Heritage is a post-graduate studies programme devoted to the management and promotion of cultural heritage. The first students enrolled in 2001. Twenty two years of the Academy’s existence came with seventeen completed programmes, over 380 students, and a team of experts affiliated with the Krakow University of Economics, the Jagiellonian University, and key cultural institutions in Poland. The Academy of Heritage also involves a series of Open Lectures, which address important examples of managing heritage sites and cultural institutions.

Lectures and seminars cover economic, legal, social and political aspects considered a basis of modern heritage preservation philosophy. The students are trained in modern heritage preservation and management methods.

The curriculum also consists of field workshops at historic landmarks and monuments as well as field studies of management of cultural institutions. The final circuit seminar will test the knowledge and skills acquired in the course of studies.

For whom?
The target group of the study course includes cultural institutions staff, cultural tourism organisers, heritage preservation service staff, teachers, museum staff, as well as investor and owners of historic buildings and places.
Useful information
Courses constituting the 18th edition of the programme will be conducted in a hybrid form, partly online and partly at the ICC building at Rynek Główny 25 in Krakow. The programme will cover two academic semesters and include 16 weekend meetings consisting of 274 class hours of lectures, exercises, and diploma seminars. It also comprises a 40-class-hours tour. It gives 314 hours of classes in total.

Dates of classes: classes are held on average twice a month, on Saturdays (9.00–18.30) and Sundays (9.00–14.00).

Dates for offline classes: 7-8 October 2023, 13-14 January 2024, 20-21 April 2024, 22-23 June 2024

ECTS credits: The programme includes lectures, workshops and seminars making up a total of 45 ECTS credits.

All lectures are conducted in Polish.

Field workshops
During the second semester, field workshops on the management of cultural institutions will be held, and after the end of the second semester, field workshops on cultural heritage management will be held. The fee for participation in the workshop is included in the tuition fee.


To graduate and obtain graduation certificate the student is required to pass all the courses covered by the programme, prepare the final dissertation, and present it to the examination committee for evaluation. Each semester will be concluded with a test. The dissertation is subject to review and defence with the participation of the reviewer, the supervisor, and a representative of the ICC. Planned date of final exams: September 2024.

Diploma seminars will be held in the second semester as part of weekend meetings, on dates agreed with the supervisors. Each student will be able to choose one of four thematically diverse groups (law and administration, marketing, art history, revitalisation and spatial planning). Duration: 10 hours of lessons in each group.

After a positive assessment, graduates obtain a postgraduate certificate in the field of Protection of Cultural Heritage, issued by the Krakow University of Economics, and a certificate issued by the International Cultural Centre and the Małopolska School of Public Administration of the Krakow University of Economics.

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