University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

A course that consists of practical studio work where students are introduced to conservation ideas and techniques through taught classes. They learn about 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; visual examination and condition documentation, mechanical surface cleaning, humidification and washing, de'acidification and resizing. The art on paper pathway includes specialist classes on fixatives and consolidants, pressure sensitive tape removal, sensitive media, parchment, iron gall inks, and an introduction to photographic conservation. The books and archival materials pathway covers the broad international and historical spectrum of bookbinding and book structures with an emphasis on acquiring an understanding of bookbinding history. During the second year both pathways focus on detailed conservation techniques, and students finish the course by working on a project with one of the many cultural institutions within London.

Course Modules

Art on paper; books and archival materials.

Course Additional Entry

BA (Hons) degree (2.1 or above) or equivalent academic qualification; professional qualifications recognised as equivalent to a BA (Hons) degree; professional experience or experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to the qualifications required; a combination of qualifications and experiential learning, which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to the qualifications required; applicants should ideally have experience of working or volunteering in a conservation setting; although a portfolio is not a requirement for this course, we recommend applicants demonstrate their intricate handcraft skills or work related to conservation at the interview stage; IELTS level 6.5 or above if English isn't a 1st language, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £27,730  Whole course. First year overseas fees
2 years
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £12,800  Whole course. First year home fees