Conservation of Metalwork
Develop well-rounded metalworking theory and skills that will enhance your employment prospects or allow you to continue your studies in higher education. Projects become more challenging as the course progresses and encompasses both silversmithing and blacksmithing. You will be encouraged to understand historic craft practice in order to place your own work in a broader context and gain a keen understanding of the time needed for a piece of work in a creative, problem solving environment.
You can expect
To develop excellent practical skills
To learn how material properties influence practice and making
To learn historic metalwork techniques
• Low student: tutor ratio
• Workshop access 7am-10pm, 7 days a week
• Interdisciplinary environment
• Visits from specialists from the heritage and private sectors
• Visits to museums and active links with heritage bodies
Graduates go on to further education or work as makers, repairers, restorers, teachers or advisors. There are many areas of specialism within the profession.
You will work in our well-equipped metals workshop with areas
for photography, analysis, chemicals, hot work (casting, soldering,
and welding) and a machine shop. Adjacent to the workshop is the
newly-built forge to which you will have access. Collaboration with
other conservation specialisms makes for a uniquely enriched
A well-equipped analytical laboratory is also available to students. The computer suite and on-site Art and Conservation Library puts thousands of specialist books, journals and databases within your reach.
An interest in metalwork and a good general education combined
with a desire to attain an excellent level of hand skills. The FdA
will appeal to you if you are aiming for employment in the trade,
further study or are an international student.
English language: CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level B2 or IELTS 6.0 or above.
UK/EU Fee: £13,140 pa
(Students have the option to pay fees in instalments by term, 2 weeks in advance of term start date).
Currently a third of all tuition fees are met through
bursary or scholarship funding.
In 16/17 almost 60% of students were in receipt of some support. Find out about funding here.
Jon's wide ranging conservation experience means he has a deep appreciation and understanding of what drives the profession as well as the students he teaches. He worked in commercial, museum, and private practice before joining West Dean College as the Programme Tutor for Metalwork Conservation in 2007.
Belinda studied Metalwork Conservation at West Dean College, graduating with an MA in Conservation Studies. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Practice and Management from the University of Ulster. She works in private practice as a metalwork conservator/restorer
Hazel Newey: former Head of Conservation at the Science
Richard Rogers: Richard Rogers Conservation.
Alistair Dickenson: specialist in precious metalwork.
If you are interested in applying for this course or would like further information please contact admissions either by enquiring online or calling the number below. To make your application you will need to download and fill out our application form.