The study of the conservation of easel paintings is a 3-year full-time course and leads to the qualification of a postgraduate diploma. Its interdisciplinary nature brings together art history, fine arts and natural sciences, and applicants usually have a BA or equivalent degree in any of these subjects. The student body is international, with a yearly intake limited to 5, which makes the teacher-student ratio exceptionally high. The competitive nature of the course leads to an equally exceptionally high degree of employment upon graduation, in both the most reputable institutions and private conservation studios in the world, such as the National Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Getty, the National Trust, and the Royal Collection.
On graduating, you will be:
- Able to address the complexity of easel painting conservation.
- Knowledgeable about artists’ materials and techniques from the medieval to the contemporary period.
- Be proficient in communicating achievements through presentations.
- Highly employable practitioners in painting conservation and conservation science.
Applications for 2020 entry is now closed. New admissions cycle will open in the Autumn 2020.
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