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
You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, external trips and visits and workshop practicals. In addition, you have personal tutorials with your subject tutor.
At level 4 you typically have around 18-19 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:
At level 5 you typically have around 16-17 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:
When not attending lectures, seminars and workshop or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and preparing coursework assignments and presentations.
Level 4: 53% of your time is spent in scheduled
teaching and learning activity
Scheduled teaching and learning: 633 hours, Independent learning: 567 hours
Level 5: 50% of your time is spent in scheduled teaching and learning activity
Scheduled teaching and learning: 600 hours, Independent learning: 600 hours
Programme Structure Year 1
Programme Structure Year 2
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: £13,560 pa
Tuition fees include much more than is typical of universities, i.e. tuition fees plus basic materials, lunch, morning/afternoon tea/coffee. Included is mandatory study trip cost of £250, which typically includes tailored visits to collections/exhibitions of specific interest to the programme of study. For one day study trips lunch is provided, while for residential study trips meals are not included.
Accommodation and living expenses are additional.
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.
Graduates go on to further education or work as makers, repairers, restorers, teachers or advisors. There are many areas of specialism within the profession.
Maickel van Bellegem ACR - Subject Leader Metalwork
Maickel van Bellegem ACR is a goldsmith and metals conservator who has worked both independently and in museums, notably the Rijksmuseum, the British Museum and the V&A Museum. He has worked on a range of metal objects for display, loans, storage and research purposes, and has published regularly. He has membership of a number of professional organisations and is accredited by Icon.
Programme Co-ordinator FdA Historic Craft Practices
Nick specialises in instruments inspired by Viennese guitars of the early and mid-nineteenth century, including those with extra bass strings, and the mid-twentieth-century guitars of the North American 'golden era' of acoustic guitar making. In recent years his passion has led to him studying the instrument's development and societal history.
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.