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100 Point Master of Cultural Material Conservation

Informal specialisationYear: 2018

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This Masters program provides students with a professional qualification in cultural material conservation and it combines both the theory and practice of cultural material conservation. The program will emphasise the philosophical, intellectual, technical and scientific aspects of cultural material conservation, and will draw on the combined expertise of staff of the Grimwade Centre, the Arts and Science Faculties, and the University of Melbourne Cultural Collections.

The program is aimed at students who wish to undertake specialist training in conservation of cultural material for professional qualification purposes in GLAM (Galleries, Library, Archives and Museums), Community Conservation, New Media and Research. High achieving students may qualify for entry to research higher degrees.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete the Master of Cultural Material Conservation should:

  • develop an indepth knowledge and understanding of cultural material conservation principles, methodologies and best practice standards;
  • gain a comprehensive understanding of the role of cultural material in the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of individuals, communities and nations;
  • be equipped to actively contribute to national and international debates, protocols and conventions relevant to cultural material conservation;
  • be informed advocates for cultural material conservation and play a leadership role within the sector, actively engaging in critical policy issues;
  • develop an appreciation of cultural diversity, community sensitivities and a changing social context to the scientific and historical paradigms that exist within the cultural heritage and conservation sectors;
  • develop critical, reflective and analytical skills and methods, and a cross disciplinary understanding and approach, to the identification and resolution of conservation issues;
  • acquire advanced skills in researching and writing in cultural materials conservation; and
  • apply theoretical knowledge to solve practical problems that arise in a professional and community based context to develop an integrated understanding of cultural materials conservation theory and practice.
Last updated: 28 November 2017