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150 Point Master of Cultural Material Conservation

Informal specialisationYear: 2017

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Overview

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 Ian Potter Museum of Art. The program is aimed at students who wish to undertake specialist training in conservation of cultural material for professional qualification purposes. The program does not necessarily lead to higher degree study, however high achieving students may qualify for entry to research higher degrees.

Please note: full-time entry into the 150 point program is available to students commencing mid-year only. It is important to note that classes for this course are taught intensively and that teaching for the first unit, CUMC90030 Conservation Assessment and Treatment 1, commences on 24th July, with a pre-teaching period that commences 3rd July 2017. Students commencing in Semester 2 2017 therefore need to be enrolled by 3rd July 2017. During the pre-teaching period students will be required to access the LMS and the readings provided in order to prepare for the face to face teaching period.

It is strongly recommended that all commencing students have studied chemistry equivalent to 25 points of first year university or else complete the Grimwade Centre bridging course offered in November and April, or equivalent.

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: 27 March 2017