MA Conservation at Camberwell College of Arts is a two year course with over 40 years experience in teaching specialist skills and knowledge, and prepares our students for work in specific fields of the conservation world.
The course offers two distinct pathways that our students choose to specialise in; Art on Paper and Books and Archival Materials.
What students can expect from the course:
- A greater appreciation of the science of materials and how they react under different conditions, providing students with an understanding of conservation treatments and a background to preservation management.
- To gain a broader understanding of visual examination and condition documentation, mechanical surface cleaning, humidification and washing, de-acidification and resizing
- To learn about fixatives and consolidants, pressure sensitive tape removal, sensitive media, parchment, iron gall inks, and an introduction to photographic conservation
- A greater understanding of the broad international and historical spectrum of bookbinding and book structures with an emphasis put on acquiring an understanding of bookbinding history
- Detailed conservation techniques, and students finish the course by working on a project with one of the many cultural institutions within London
The first part of the course is a shared introductory unit, which brings together the students from across the two pathways. Each student will then focus on one of the individual pathways:
Art on Paper:
This pathway focuses on conservation and preservation management of images executed on paper covering a wide range of materials including prints, drawings and watercolours with an emphasis on both conservation practice and theory.
Books and Archival Materials:
This pathway focuses on learning structures of different historical styles of books, covering the broad international and historical spectrum of bookbinding and book structures.
Our MA Conservation students benefit from the College’s strong connections to London’s heritage community, which includes The British Library, Kew Gardens, London Museum, London Metropolitan Archives, The National Maritime Museum, Tate, the V & A Museum, The Wellcome Trust and many more.
page on the University of the Arts London website for more details!
UAL Postgraduate Funding and Scholarships Schemes
University of the Arts London is pleased to offer a number of scholarships to those wishing to study at postgraduate level. These awards are funded by generous private donations, company donations, philanthropic charities and University funds. The scholarships range from fee waivers to full support for a year or more.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Up to £25,000
To see whether you are eligible for one of our postgraduate scholarships, visit the UAL website by following the link below.
To find out whether you are eligible for one of our postgraduate scholarships, or to see details of application procedures and application forms, visit the UAL website by following the link below.
BA (Hons) degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent academic/professional qualification; OR professional experience or experiential learning equivalent to the qualifications required; OR a combination of qualifications and experiential learning equivalent to the qualifications required; AND ideally, experience of working or volunteering in a conservation setting; AND ideally, a portfolio demonstrating intricate handcraft skills or work related to conservation. All classes are taught in English. The level required for the University for this course is IELTS level 6.5 or above with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Home/EU: £12,800 per year. International: £27,730 per year. Home/EU alumni receive a £1,000 discount.
Recipient: University of the Arts London
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