A PG Diploma course on ‘Heritage Studies’

What is the course about?

INTACH Heritage Academy (IHA) is pleased to announce a one-year full time Post-graduate Diploma in Heritage Studies. The course is multi-disciplinary and progressive in nature. It will focus on a wider understanding of the philosophy and practice of cultural heritage conservation and management in India and worldwide. The course comprises of four terms or trimesters: first three are taught terms and the fourth term is dedicated to individual research or project. The course conforms with the ICOMOS Guidelines for Education and Training in Conservation (1989)

What do you gain by taking up this course?

INTACH is the largest non-profit non-governmental organisation on matters related to art and cultural heritage in India. We have over 200 chapters in India and overseas, which include academics, practitioners, administrators, policy-makers and so forth as members . There are 10 technical divisions dedicated to specific aspects of heritage studies located at INTACH headquarters in New Delhi. With over three decades of work in the domain of art and cultural heritage, INTACH has become an enviable repository of expertise, knowledge and experience. The course is built upon this accumulated intellectual wealth of INTACH. Some of the key benefits of pursuing this course at INTACH are:
  • Develop a wider understanding of the notion and nature of 'heritage';
  • Gain an informed perspective on the protection, preservation and continuity of the significant aspects of culture and its expression;
  • Develop a critical understanding of the history, theory and ethics of cultural heritage conservation;
  • Learn hands-on practical skills by working alongside traditional master craftsmen and heritage specialists;
  • Study in the historic city of Delhi that is home to several monuments, historic gardens, museums, archaeological sites, conservation precincts and so forth;
  • Build connections with heritage experts, cultural practitioners and research organisations, and be part of a wider conservation community;
  • Immerse in the stimulating debates in at the Masterclasses, Seminars and Continuous Professional Development modules;
  • Opt for a three-week placement with a heritage professional or organisation to gain practical exposure whilst on the job;
  • Study at INTACH and be gain access to our chapter/ members network, INTACH knowledge centre, conservation labs and other facilities.
The course is first-of-its-kind in the country that aims to present a integrated and inter-linked perspective on all matters related to archaeology, conservation and management. The course will:
  • Develop upon a learner-centric pedagogy and progressive academic content,
  • Focus on small group teaching, interactive sessions and peer learning,
  • Encourage critical thinking and informed arguments through reading, discussion and debate.

What is the course content?

Broadly speaking, the course will cover everything that is essential for your career in the capacity of a 'heritage professional'. The taught components of course are categorised into theory, practice and skills aspects, and together we will cover the history, evolution, philosophy and practice of the conservation of historic built environment. There are two main disconnects in the heritage conservation context: first - the gap between eastern and western conservation approaches, and second - the lack of continuity between the traditional and modern conservation practices. The course will address both these concerns in the indigenous Indian and a wider international context. In addition to this, a range of contemporary and burning issues of heritage conservation will also find their place in teaching through core modules, seminars, masterclasses or conferences. The theoretical aspect of the course will be complemented with practical 'skills' sessions in the field, conservation laboratories or specialised workshops. These hands-on training modules will focus on the study and use of specialised materials, techniques and instruments that are essential for professional practice.

Who can apply for the course?

The course is open to graduates in architecture, engineering, interior design/ architecture, planning, landscape, archaeology, conservation, museology, history of art, architectural history, and related subjects. Experience heritage professionals including conservation architects, conservators, heritage managers, heritage contractors, heritage engineers, conservation scientists can also enrol for the course. A cohort of students from multi-disciplinary backgrounds and varied experience will help create a rich and diverse learning environment.

Key Contacts

Mr Navin Piplani Course Director pd.iha@intach.org Ms Shruti Kumar Administrative Assistant admin.iha@intach.org

What is the course content and structure?

The one year full-time course is spread over four trimesters. The taught component of the course is covered during the first three trimesters starting in August every year. The fourth trimester is assigned to undertake and complete research or project of your own interest and passion. The course structure comprises five distinct, yet overlapping, strands of teaching and learning: Theory, Practical, Skills, Masterclass and Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The course will be taught in combination of lectures, hands-on working sessions, workshops, focused discussions, seminars and tutorials. All modules and classes are mandatory for students who register for the course. There will be certain modules, masterclasses and CPD courses that will open to the external participants at a nominal charge. The end term will focus on individual research or project wherein your own research skills or project competence will be nurtured. As part of the 'placement' or 'professional training' module, you could work alongside a heritage professional or organisation and gain valuable practical exposure of working in the field.

How to apply?

The application process for the course is very simple. You will need:
  • An undergraduate degree with minimum 50% (overall) marks in architecture, engineering, interior design/ architecture, planning, landscape, archaeology, conservation, museology, history of art, architectural history, or in a relevant allied discipline.
  • Mature students or those with less conventional qualifications but with relevant work experience will be considered.
All eligible candidates will be interviewed either in person or via internet.

What do you need to provide?

You will need to provide the following documents:
  • Duly filled application form
  • Self attested copy of education transcripts
  • Statement of purpose (max. 1500 words)
  • Sample of work/ portfolio (working professionals)
  • Two references from academics or profession as applicable

What is the course fee?

Course fee: INR 80,000/- All taxes as applicable by the Government of India are to be paid in addition to the course fee. Click below to download the Enrolment Form Enrolment form_PGDip_Heritage Studies At any stage of your application process, please feel free to contact the Course Director (for academic enquiry) or Administrative Assistant (for administrative enquiry). Note: All courses are run by INTACH on a no-profit basis.