To take into account
BA Conservation / PG Dip in Conservation (which must include a substantial paper conservation component). An understanding of basic chemistry. Portfolio of conservation work. Project proposal. International students must show proof of IELTS level 6.5 or above in English on enrolment.
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The MA Conservation offers you the opportunity to focus on a self-managed programme of work, encompassing conservation practice, scientific research, museological investigation and art historical / bibliographical investigation. These subject areas are supported by specialist classes in studio and laboratory techniques.
You are expected to be highly motivated and able to pursue a largely self-managed programme of study. You should be well grounded in relevant aspects of conservation and be able to define and debate your study proposals. Individual programmes are negotiated and supervised throughout the course in tutorials with specialist academic staff.
During the final development and completion of your personal programme attention is given to personal focus, artistic direction and application. The final work is presented in the form of a public exhibition at the College.
Studies are complemented by lectures, seminars and workshops designed to help you develop wider contextual understanding, research skills and awareness of professional issues.
Conservators help to preserve the world's memory by caring for a wide range of works of art, artifacts and structures which have significance for the local, national and global community. Conservators are skilled professionals who undertake a wide range of activities including developing preservation strategies, undertaking interventive conservation (such as repair or chemical treatments) liaising with other museum professionals and being advocates for conservation to the wider community.
This course has a successful track record of producing award winning students, such as Erica Kotze recently won the prestigious Pilgrim Trust Student Conservator of the Year Award for her MA Conservation project completed at Camberwell - The Conservation of a Thai Samut Khao Bhuddist Medical Manuscript.
Career opportunities: Students from this course are widely recognised as being well-trained and prepared for employment. Recent graduates are now working at the British Library, the Wellcome Trust, the National Maritime Museum and Benaki Museum in Athens. Other graduates have attended internships with the Joint Archive Service in London, the Library of Congress in Washington and the New York Botanic Gardens and some are pursuing doctoral research with University of the Arts London.
Contact person: Mark Sandy