Still accepting applications for 2016/17
An internationally respected postgraduate metals conservation programme.
The strongly practical emphasis of this programme (73%) is based on assessment and treatment of clients' objects. You will consolidate your skills in the treatment of ferrous metals, copper allows, base metals and precious and plated metals. All work is grounded by your research into the historical context of each object, visiting lecturers and postgraduate science lecturers. Network within the sector, visit museums and collections, attend seminars and undertake optional work placements to develop your progressional practice.
::You can expect::
- Practical hands-on bench skills and object based treatments
- Tutors with extensive experience
- To work on artefacts from public and private collections
- An interdisciplinary environment
- Visiting lecturers from public and private institutions
- Access to dedicated workshops, 7am-10pm
- An approach intormed by national and international practive, to Icon standards
- Theoretical, scientific and analytical study of artefacts and materials
- To perform historical research and interpretation of the objects you work on
The aims of the programme are to provide:
1. A context for the analysis, assessment and treatment of museum-class metalwork objects
2. The opportunity to develop sophisticated specialist craft and conservation skills
3. A research environment for the development and public dissemination of innovative
approaches to the conservation of historic metalwork objects
1. The opportunity to contribute to the development of historical, cultural and technical
understanding of metalwork objects through primary research and investigation
2. The opportunity to evaluate methodologies, develop critiques and propose new hypotheses
3. A context for individual inquiry and group debate across the conservation specialisms
1. A context for the development of a range of verbal, written and visual skills appropriate for the
communication and documentation of conservation projects and research
2. A context for the development of, and critical reflection upon, personal and professional codes
3. Opportunities to plan and implement a range of projects that are either increasingly technically
more complex, or have issues that are of a compounded or more complex nature
Graduates of the programme often progress to MA Conservation Studies - https://www.westdean.org.uk/study/school-of-conservation
Alumni have had work placements or gone on to work at The British Museum, The Royal Armouries, National Maritime Museum, National Museum of Scotland, Fitzwilliam Museum, National Gold Museum Colombia, and at UK businesses including Plowden & Smith Ltd, Hall Conservation Ltd and Richard Rogers Conservation Ltd. Others have become independent conservators.
You will work in our well-equipped metals workshop with areas for photography, analysis, chemicals, hot work (casting, soldering, and welding) and a machine shop. Adjacent to the workshop is the newly-built forge to which you will have access. Collaboration with other conservation specialisms makes for a uniquely enriched learning environment.
The computer suite and the on-site Art and Conservation Library put thousands of specialist books and journals, databases within your reach. A well-equipped analytical laboratory is also available to students.
To join the PGDip/MA programme you will need to have a good first degree in Conservation or a closely related field; or have completed a Graduate Diploma in a closely related subject; or demonstrate an equivalent proficiency in basic conservation science, academic skills (research, writing and critical analysis) and practical hand skills, including manual sensitivity and dexterity. Progression to the MA is subject to the successful completion of the first semester and the identification of an appropriate MA project. Students may choose to exit the programme at the Postgraduate Diploma stage.