Postgraduate online application form

We will be launching an online application form for this course at the end of November 2015.

If you would like to apply before this time, or have already started your application, please continue to use the below application forms and submit as instructed – your application will not be disadvantaged in any way. 

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.


Course Director

Jocelyn Cuming

Course Location

Camberwell College of Arts, Peckham Road

Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length2 years (60 weeks)
Home/EU Fee

£9,500 (2015/16 fees)

Please note: 2016/17 entry fees will be published here as soon as they are confirmed.

Course fees may be paid in instalments


International Fee

£22,900 (2015/16 fees)

Please note: 2016/17 entry fees will be published here as soon as they are confirmed.

Course fees may be paid in instalments

Start DateOctober 2016
Autumn Term Dates3 October - 9 December 2016
Spring Term Dates9 January - 17 March 2017
Summer Term Dates18 April - 23 June 2017

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
  • Professor Nicholas Pickwoad - 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

Entry Requirements

  • 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

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship

Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship

£1000 fee discount for University of the Arts London alumni.

Home students

Stationers' Foundation Award

For more funding information visit study at UAL


Home / EU applicants

Download and complete our Postgraduate application form, which you can send to us at or the address below.


Home / EU Postgraduate application form [Word, 73 KB]
Home / EU Postgraduate application guidance [PDF, 38 KB]
Home / EU Postgraduate reference form [Word, 51 KB] 

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.

International applicants

There are two ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course at Camberwell College of Arts:

To apply through the College, you’ll need to download and complete our international postgraduate application form.

You can send this to or the address below, along with any supporting documents.

Download International Postgraduate application form [PDF, 189 KB]

International Office
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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