The course studies the practical conservation of buildings within a wider historical context in order to encourage a broad'based and sensitive handling of issues relating to repair and re'use; students are exposed to a range of experiences to assist them in developing their conceptual approach and technical skills; in addition to developing a wide range of knowledge concerning historic buildings of all periods, the programme continues to emphasise 20th'century buildings and environs, along with the current political and social issues of change, regeneration and urban redevelopment.
1st year: deals mainly with basic attitudes to conservation; the decay of building materials; the diagnosis and repair of building defects; and the fundamental building crafts; 2nd year: examines the historic building in its setting; considers a number of associated issues including: rehabilitation; historic interiors; and the introduction of services in the context of current philosophy and technology.
Course Additional Entry
Degree or equivalent; suitably qualified members of other disciplines (e.g. surveyors, planners) and those with appropriate work experience may be considered on an individual basis. Students whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (with a minimum 6.0 in each component).
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