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.
Camberwell College of Arts, Peckham Road
|Study Mode||Full time|
|Course Length||2 years (60 weeks)|
£4,250 per year
£10,920 per year
|Start Date||September 2015|
|Autumn Term Dates||Monday 5 October - Friday 11 December 2015|
|Spring Term Dates||Monday 11 January - Friday 18 March 2016|
|Summer Term Dates||Monday 18 April - Friday 24 June 2016|
Direct to the Graduate School
|Application Deadline||Home / EU - 1 July 2015|
International - no deadline, but you are advised to apply as early as possible
Content and Structure
Content: what students can expect
- A course that consists of practical studio work where students are introduced to conservation ideas and techniques through taught classes
- To 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
- To learn about visual examination and condition documentation, mechanical surface cleaning, humidification and washing, de-acidification and resizing
- Our Art on Paper pathway to include specialist classes on fixatives and consolidants, pressure sensitive tape removal, sensitive media, parchment, iron gall inks, and an introduction to photographic conservation
- Our Books and Archival Materials pathway to cover the broad international and historical spectrum of bookbinding and book structures with an emphasis put 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
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.
Work Experience and Opportunities
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.
Jocelyn Cuming - Course Director
Jocelyn Cuming has extensive experience as a book and preventive conservator. Prior to working at Camberwell, Cuming worked in New Zealand where she set up the National Preservation Office, and as a private book conservator in Rome. More recently, Cuming's worked for the Islamic Museum of Art in Qatar.
- Tristram Bainbridge
- Alan Buchanan
- Christopher Clarkson
- Vincent Daniels
- Eleni Katsiani
- Joanna Kosek
- - Head of Ligatus
- Sonja Schwoll
- Piers Townsend
- Abigail Uhteg
Our MA Conservation graduates progress into a range of career paths within the heritage industry including museum education, curating, exhibition design, tourism, museum studies as well as taking on roles as Conservation professionals.
- Rosie-Faye Fletcher - Paper conservator at the Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
- Carol Peacock - Conservator of Chinese paintings at the British Museum, London
- 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 their first language, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
Home / EU and international students
Home / EU students
£1000 fee discount for University of the Arts London alumni.
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Home / EU applicants
Download and complete our Postgraduate application form, which you can send to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or the address below.
Camberwell College of Arts
45-65 Peckham Road
Please note, completed forms should include your reference. For MA Conservation, instead of a Study Proposal, we ask that you submit a Personal Statement. This should be no more than 500 words, outlining your previous experience and reasons for wanting to study MA Conservation.
The deadline for applications is 1 July 2015.
There are two ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course at Camberwell College of Arts:
- Through the College
- Through one of our official representatives in your country
To apply through the College, you’ll need to download and complete our international postgraduate application form. You can send this to email@example.com or the address below, along with your portfolio and any supporting documents.
Chelsea College of Arts
16 John Islip Street
There is no deadline for international applications, but students are advised to apply as early as possible.
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