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Slovenia/ 8.3 Arts and cultural education  

8.3.4 Higher arts education and professional training

Tertiary arts education falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport.

The major problems lie within higher education, as there is still a lack of some study courses for important cultural professions. There is a special question over how to ensure that priority support is given to programmes and projects that can make up for the lack of professional training in the field of culture. Education for professionals that directly co-operate in the maintenance and restoration of cultural heritage do not exist in the present educational system. This is true for higher education and for secondary schools. Education, with some exception in the field of restoration, is only provided through non-institutional training opportunities whereby professionals work under mentors, and take part in special courses, seminars, workshops and additional education abroad. A professional programme for carving and restoration of wooden objects was also introduced at secondary school level. Museology is not, at the present moment, an independent field of study, but only a subject in some Departments of the Faculty of Arts. The same is true for the study of conservation. There are only some possibilities to take a course at post-graduate level in some Faculties. The Faculty of Arts introduced in 2009 an interdisciplinary doctoral study on conservation, so called ‘heritology’, in collaboration with the departments of archaeology, ethnology and art history. A better situation exists in the field of library and publishing where and independent department within the Faculty of Arts was established in 1987. The Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies offers undergraduate programmes leading to a BLib degree and postgraduate research programmes. Masters studies consist of three programmes on Librarianship, Information Science and Publishing Studies. A doctorate programme on Information Science is available as an interdisciplinary study programme conducted between the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana.

A problem which has arisen in the last couple of years is the lack of education for cultural managers in the fields of art and cultural heritage. At the moment, there are no under-graduate or post-graduate programmes in this field. Some subjects are taught at the Faculty of Social Sciences and in all three Art Academies.

Chapter published: 11-02-2015

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