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251.825 Documentation of Cultural Heritage using Digital Media

2021W, UE, 3.0h, 4.0EC


  • Semester hours: 3.0
  • Credits: 4.0
  • Type: UE Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

  • to deal with a camera.
  • to conceive a story for a short documentation.
  • to produce film clips that can be exploited.
  • edit a short film.
  • to create a short film documentary on this basis.

Subject of course

The first Cultural Heritage and New Technologies (CHNT) conference took place in Vienna in November 1996, at that time still under the name “Workshop Archaeology & Computers”, with 60 participants from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The mission of the conference was and still is to bring together in Vienna scholars from all over the world covering a wide range of disciplines and using the latest technologies for prospection, research, documentation, conservation and presentation and management of the world’s cultural heritage. A particular concern is to make the conference usable as a platform to exchange ideas on the agendas of cultural property protection. 

The 26th CHNT will be held under the motto The World’s Heritage in the Digital Age – New Technologies towards Sustainable Research, Conservation and Communication. The World Heritage Convention provides a clear framework for the conservation of sites on the World Heritage List. In this way many innovations are developed in particular for the research, conservation and communication of those sites. Still there are many challenging tasks that can be met with innovative technologies and new interdisciplinary methods.

The conference aims to bring together international scientists from all over the world who are involved in research, conservation and management of the world’s cultural heritage. Innovative measuring, data management and processing tools are requested as well as the methods and approaches for the research, management and monitoring of sites and objects. Discussion among colleagues from a wide range of disciplines is a major focus of the event. Sessions, round tables, advanced trainings, applications and poster presentations present the latest approaches to researching, managing and monitoring archaeological monuments, world heritage sites and cultural objects. 

These objectives are now complemented by those of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites). ICOMOS is an NGO for the protection and conservation of the world’s monuments and sites of outstanding value.

As part of the course, students will be involved in aspects of the implementation of the conference. For this purpose, either short films can be created as a presentation of the World Heritage Historic Centre Vienna for the conference, or the conference can be documented on film.  

The course ist focussing on the development of the treatment.

>>Einführung in die LVA: Freitag, 08. Oktober 2021, 1pm digital via Zoom

Teaching methods

Theoretical introduction to the theme of World Heritage as the core of the CHNT conference.

Practical Part:

  • Introduction to camera handling
  • Introduction to Preproduction
    • story
    • treatment
    • shot list
  • Introduction to production
    • scene selection
    • interviews
    • sound
  • Introduction to postproduction
    • editing
    • editing software

Discussion of intermediate steps in the group


Mode of examination


Additional information

Course is combined with the course  251.169 VU Recording and presentation of architecture .

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: http://www.tuwien.ac.at/fileadmin/t/ukanzlei/t-ukanzlei-english/Plagiarism.pdf



Examination modalities

Written: Submission of a treatment for the film 8 pages

  • background
  • Description of the project
  • target
  • target audience
  • Description of the individual scenes
  • visual design

Course registration

Not necessary


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