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Conservation of Ceramics and Related Materials
The Graduate Diploma is the start of your transition into conservation studies if your undergraduate degree was not in a related field. You will start with basic treatments while being introduced to a diverse range of objects, then undertake progressively more complex conservation projects.
You can expect
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.
On the Graduate Diploma you typically have around 20-21 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.
Graduate Diploma: 63% of your time is spent in
scheduled teaching and learning activity.
Scheduled teaching and learning: 752 hours, Independent learning: 416 hours.
You will work in our well-equipped workshop with individual work spaces for students. Specialist facilities for cleaning, retouching and finishing. A pottery studio for making, firing and finishing new work and analytical laboratory.
The on-site Art and Conservation Library puts thousands of specialist books and journals within your reach and you can access specialist databases in the IT suite.
Degree or qualification at equivalent level to a second year of undergraduate study (e.g. HND or DipHE). You will be able to demonstrate significant interest in conservation and ceramics
International students will require English language CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level B2 or IELTS 6.5 or above.
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 £400 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 of the programme usually transition to the MA Conservation Studies (via the Postgraduate Diploma first stage).
"I have had the opportunity to work on some truly impressive and important objects requiring varying degrees of treatment. One completed project was the conservation of a Chinese Export Hard-Paste Porcelain Blue and White 'Soldier' Vase and Lid, from the Kangxi Period (1662-1722) from the factories possibly in Jingdezhen in China.
A comprehensive programme of work included the removal and dismantling of previous restoration, cleaning, bonding and filling areas to replace lost material and retouching missing decoration. Thorough examination and research was undertaken, supported by documentary photographs, to assess the condition and to observe the extent of the previous repairs. It has been an immense pleasure to work on such a challenging, historically important and decorative piece."
Harriet Sylvester, Graduate Diploma, Conservation of Ceramics and Related Materials
Lorna has been a tutor then Subject Leader at West Dean College for sixteen years and prior to that was employed as a conservator in national institutions and in the private sector.
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.