DECA Master is an Inter-University Master Degree in Law and Economics for Culture and Art, developed by UNISS – University of Sassari, and UNICA – University of Cagliari, in collaboration with UniNuoro – University of Nuoro, and is supported by Fondazione Banco di Sardegna.

DECA Master’s objective is to train experts with interdisciplinary skills for both the public and private sectors of management, protection and promotion of art and culture, as well as organization and management of cultural services, activities and events. DECA Master’s post-graduates will be able to effectively integrate skills and develope knowledge for the cultural and art sector, including planning, financing, management and communication.

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DECA Master delivers an higher education program in which legal, economic and artistic teachings merge together. From policies for the art and culture, to local government’s and cultural heritage law, through the analysis and the study of the economy of culture, financing and fundraising techniques, as well as marketing and communication for art and cultural services.

DECA Master’s teachers are qualified experts from national and international universities, mostly of economic and legal areas, as well as national and international experts with different professional backgrounds and experiences in management and communication for art and culture: art curators, directors of museums and art foundations, managers and professionals of communication and social sciences, and local government’s experts who work in the field of protection and management of cultural and artistic heritage.

Attendancy and scholarships

DECA Master is open to a maximum of 20 participants (minimum 10); the attendancy to the master’s classes and activities is mandatory. Scholarships are available to students, courtesy of UniNuoro. For more information and details about access to the Master and its scholarships, please get in touch with DECA Master through the contact form of this website.

Internships and stages

DECA Master integrates the courses with internships at institutions of the art and cultural sector such as, among others, the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte (Spagna), MAN – Museo d’Arte della Provincia di Nuoro, MART – Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Rovereto e Trento, Fondazione Nivola, and Zerynthia – International Association for Contemporary Art.

“There are other Masters on the management of culture, but DECA Master was the first in Italy to provide extensive transversal expertise of the legal framework. The DECA Master aims to train professionals capable of combining theoretical knowledge with field experience”.

Domenico D'Orsogna

Scientific Director of DECA Master

“Participatory and relational art can act as a multiplier of the creative human and social capital of local communities. My experience at DECA Master has been stimulating from all points of view: professional, artistic, human. I also met a rare and perfect blend of nature and culture.”

Zafos Xagoraris

Artist and Visiting Professor DECA Master

“The protection of cultural diversity is the legal challenge of our time. Culture can establish itself as a factor of social integration as an instrument of cohesion and human development”. Jesús Prieto de Pedro

Visiting Professor DECA Master

“The internship at the Subdirección General de Museos Estatales del Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte de España is an opportunity to improve my professional qualities and to compare them with people from different cultures”. Chiara Longu

DECA Master graduate

DECA Lab: a laboratory of law and economy for culture and art

DECA Lab is a laboratory of economy and law for art and culture, an incubator for projects of local development and social innovation. DECA Lab conducts research and field studies about local development projects driven by art and culture. Created in 2011 out of the initiative of graduates students of the first edition of DECA Master, its philosophy focuses on the development of a cultural ecosystem based on innovation and creativity, where culture is regarded as a driver for a sustainable territorial development.

inDECA – DECA Master’s incubator of projects and ideas

inDECA, DECA Master’s and DECA Lab’s incubator of projects and ideas is headquartered in a former dairy farm in the middle of a huge park, the Mariani Estate (Bonorva), that DECA Lab has transformed into a creative workshop, with the aim of hosting high level training, creative camps, and summer schools related to the topics of law and economics of art and culture.

inDECA supports the implementation of projects for sustainable local development. The experiment, launched in 2013 from DECA Lab, benefits from the support of Fondazione Banco di SardegnaComune di Bonorva (Sassari) and has recently partnered the Rebeccu Film Festival. The projects under development at inDECA, that include “Urban planning policies between market needs and social cohesion” and “Right to the city and Urban regeneration”, aim to generate an international network to further develop topics related to urban and social development propelled by cultural growth.

Nuove Alleanze

Nuove Alleanze (New Alliances) is a cycle of meetings “off the beaten track” of specialist disciplines; it is a network of collaboration and open discussion linked to the topics of sustainable development from cultural basis. Lawyers and economists dialogue with artists, critics, art historians, curators, architects, museums directors, institutes for culture and research, foundations, non-profit organizations, and journals.

Nuove Alleanze is a place for reflection, dedicated not only to the promotion of arts and sciences, but also to the creation of new possibilities for territorial development, to new contexts of cultural production, and to the management and valorization of artistic and cultural heritage. New alliances to be developed between legal norms, regulations and market rules, which are not seen as constraints to be observed, but as positive opportunities to gain, exploit and further develop sustainable growth.

The inaugural meeting of New Alliance was held in October 2011 in Nuoro, while the later editions were held in Lollove (2012) and Arzachena (2013). More information on the Nuove Alleanze cycle of events is available at the Nuove Alleanze website (in Italian) www.nuovealleanze.it.

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