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This subject examines the history and theory of the conservation of art objects and collections, with particular reference to Australia. Students will gain a theoretical grounding in issues relating to conservation and an understanding of professional networks and policy developments in art conservation in Australia and internationally. Issues considered will include: the preventative care of art objects, the history of conservation, ethical and theoretical issues raised by cleaning, restoration, and authentication, conservation issues in the display of works of art, and legal issues in conservation.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- demonstrate a knowledge of the history and theory of art conservation, with particular reference to Australia and Southeast Asia;
- demonstrate an awareness of the professional networks and policy developments in art conservation in Australasia;
- demonstrate a knowledge of the ethical and theoretical issues raised by the cleaning, restoration, authentication and presentation of works of art; and
- demonstrate a knowledge of preventive conservation and the conservation requirements for transporting, storing and displaying work of art.
At the completion of this subject, studnets should gain the following generic skills:
- be able to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of essays;
- be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgments and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;
- be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;
- be able to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision; and
- be able to participate in team work through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions.
Last updated: 2 December 2019