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About Fine Art Conservation
Masters degrees in Fine Art Conservation equip postgraduates with the skills to restore and maintain pieces of fine art of historic significance.
Taught MA courses are typical for this subject, though research oriented MRes and MPhil programmes may also be available at some institutions. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as Art or Design Technology.
Courses in this field allow you explore conservation and preservation techniques for a range of fine art pieces. From individual painting to whole walls and other large building interiors, you will develop the skills to work anywhere in the world as a professional.
These courses are interdisciplinary in nature, consisting of a mixture of techniques from practices in art history, science and forensics. You will gain technical knowledge in examinations, cleaning, structural repairs and stabilisation of artwork. You will also critically engage with conservation theory, applying methodologies for preventative conservation in your analysis of various art pieces.
You may wish to work as an independent practitioner for a particular region, or work in-house for organisations such as museums, art galleries and large, private estates.
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Would you like to apply your arts or applied sciences background to the conservation of fine art?. Northumbria University’s MA Conservation of Fine Art course is the only Master of Arts course in the UK that specialises in the conservation of Easel Painting and Works of Art on Paper.
The part-time, distance learning MA Preventive Conservation course will immerse you in the world of preventive conservation and collections care by engaging you with the complexities and challenges of professional practice.
The three-year Postgraduate Diploma course is a rigorous programme that combines equally teaching conservation theory and practice, using both subject-based learning and problem-solving learning to equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to work within a professional framework in either the public or the independent sector.
York's taught MA in the History of Art provides a stimulating transition from undergraduate study to postgraduate work. It will train you in advanced methods of art-historical research, raise your level of intellectual engagement, instill an awareness of your own scholarly procedures, and improve your writing skills.
The MA Conservation of Cultural Heritage is a hands-on programme, taught by experts in the field, giving you the opportunity to develop a wide range of advanced conservation skills in preparation for a career in the heritage sector.
The MA in Fine Art enables you to evaluate and develop your creative practice to the highest standards. It develops theoretical awareness, critical thinking and independent arts practice to a professional level.
The MA Conservation of Wall Painting course is a unique programme which allows students to put the skills they learn to use on an international scale; previous candidates have travelled to China, India and the Mediterranean to undergo field work, which comprises 50% of the coursework.