MA Conservation at Camberwell College of Arts is a 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.
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.
The course offers 2 pathways that our students choose to specialise in; Art on Paper and Books and Archival Materials.
Course Leader Jocelyn Cuming talks about MA Conservation at Camberwell.
Over 2,000 local residents, supporters, parents, local dignitaries as well as the great and the good from the art world flocked to the opening night of the Camberwell undergraduate (and MA Conservation) […]
Camberwell College of Arts MA Conservation Summer Show is just around the corner, we checked in with our first year MA Conservation students who gave us a fantastic insight into their recent involvement of their exhibition ‘Footnotes’, featuring shoes […]
MA Conservation students at Camberwell had the opportunity to indulge in the fascinating world of medieval pigments through a series of workshops that included lectures in the morning and practical […]
This course is subject to re-validation. Re-validation is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During re-validation there maybe be some changes to course content and structure. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.
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
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 2 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.
We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.
We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on email@example.com or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.
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
A transcript (translated into English if you are an international student)
If English isn’t your first language
All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:
In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.
Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.
Scholarships and awards
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Careers and alumni
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, Maritime Museum, London
Carol Peacock - Conservator of Chinese paintings, British Museum, London