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The three-year course in Audiovisual heritage conservation and management focuses on the entire range of activities related to the conservation of cinema, both in its historical productions (film) and in its modern ones (electronic and digital image). Therefore students will attend all the film’s restoration process that will take place in close collaboration with the CSC Cineteca Nazionale staff.


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The course is located in the Museo Provinciale “Sigismondo Castromediano”, the oldest public museum in all Puglia. Founded in 1868 from Sigismondo Castromediano, XIX century’s patriot, archeologist and scholar from Lecce, the museum recollects the History of Salento from pre-historic times to the messapic civilization, up to ‘900 art.
The detached Puglia Office of the Scuola Nazionale di Cinema of Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia is established in Lecce in 2019 thanks to the agreement between CSC, Regione Puglia, Provincia di Lecce, Fondazione Apulia Film Commission and il Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali. Its goal is the training of specialized professionals in the field of conservation, renovation, and cultural diffusion of cinema heritage.
In July 2019 the Didactic Direction is encharged to Paolo Cherchi Usai, assisted by Paolo Tosini (didactic coordinator) and Marcella Nuzzo (administrative coordinator). In 2020 Adriano De Santis is appointed as Interim Director. The three-year course in Audiovisual heritage conservation and management focuses on the entire range of activities related to the conservation of cinema, both in its historical productions (film) and in its modern ones (electronic and digital image).


The three year course is not limited to the film library work: its objective is to provide students with a wide range of skills necessary to the knowledge, management, and opportunities to spread the audiovisual heritage. One of the most relevant qualities of the course held in Lecce campus is its attention to the administration, the management and the intellectual control of film collections: in addition to chemistry and digital technology, the course deals with other fundamental subjects such as cataloging finds, conservation of non-film documents (posters, photos, paper docs and old devices), analogue and digital projection, film collection management (administration, budgeting, workflows, fundings research and management, copyright laws), historical research on the audiovisual heritage, the presentation to the public of the restored works in a collective context (festivals, exhibitions and conferences) and individual (access to collections through internet).
The first year will follow a two-path direction: on the one hand, theory and methodology of the work of the moving image conservation, on the other, an introduction to the practical aspects of the archive materials processing (this will be a constant subject during the three years).
Second year classes will deepen each technical, administrative and curatorial component through a detailed analysis of selected case studies, exercises in subjects such as film inspection, identification and repair, cataloging, comparative copyright laws analysis, air-conditioned deposits design and management, in-depth study of all analog, electronic and digital formats; simulation of a restoration financing budget, fundraising, conservative treatment of non-film materials, setting up a conservative photochemical and digital complex, film and digital projection practices, creation of a restored films public exhibition program and web access systems to collections.
In the third year, students will undertake an entire audiovisual heritage conservation project. It includes the financial and managerial aspects, legal implication analysis (copyright laws), getting materials ready for their restoration, the actual restoration realization, a public presentation of the work, and a written report (in Italian and English).
These and other activities are carried on individually or as part of a team, and supported by teachers. The aim is to allow the students to reach full decision-making autonomy and address their conservation and dissemination of the audiovisual cultural heritage skills to a public or a private structure.
The students will get a 360 preparation in this discipline. Ideally, at the end of the three years, each one will successfully compete for a job in any sector related to film conservation.
successo al conseguimento di un impiego in qualsiasi settore relativo alla salvaguardia delle opere cinematografiche.


It is possible to access the course by applying to the specific call for application, periodically published by the Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, and accessible on this website, in the Admission section. The course has a three years duration, and requires compulsory attendance.


Interim Director Adriano De Santis
Assistant Paolo Tosini
Museo Castromediano
viale Gallipoli, 30 – 73100 Lecce

The Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Foundation has its headquarters in Rome. The regional offices are located in Turin, Milan, L’Aquila, Lecce and Palermo.
The Brush method is a methodology proper to Barreira A+D, which philosophy is the result of years of experience, research and innovation. The teaching rotates around the development of the student’s individual competences, with the goal of maximize their creativity and help them grow their own particular abilities and capacities.
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