Conservation of Ceramics and Related Materials

Graduate Diploma Conservation of Ceramics

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Graduate Diploma Conservation of Ceramics
Duration: 1 academic year (36 weeks) full time

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

  • To develop excellent practical skills
  • To study ceramic technology, material culture and materials science
  • To work on artefacts from public and private collections

Learning environment

  • Low student: tutor ratio
  • Interdisciplinary environment
  • Workshop access 7am-10pm, 7 days a week
  • Icon Professional Standards in Conservation

(Subject to re-validation)

Contact Hours

Teaching

On the Graduate Diploma you typically have around 20-21 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:

  • 5-6 hours of lectures
  • 1 hour of seminars
  • 11 hours of supervised workshop practicals
  • 2 hours of external trips & visits (on average)
  • 1 hour of one-to-one meetings/tutorials

Independent learning

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.

Overall workload

Graduate Diploma: 63% of your time is spent in scheduled teaching and learning activity.
Scheduled teaching and learning: 752 hours, Independent learning: 416 hours.

Programme Structure

Programme Structure

Facilities

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.

Entry Requirements

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, and good manual dexterity and observational skills. The Graduate Diploma is accessible to students from both humanities and science backgrounds.

International students will require English language CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level B2 or IELTS 6.5 or above. Applicants are interviewed and required to undertake practical and observational tests.

Fees

UK/EU:

  • £4,130 per term (£12,390 per year)

International:

  • £4,130 per term (£12,390 per year)

Included is mandatory study trip costs of £400, which typically includes tailored visits to collections/exhibitions of specific interest to the programme of study.

Additional costs

Lunch, accommodation and other living expenses are additional, available on request.

Find out about funding here.

Careers

Graduates of the programme usually transition to the MA Conservation Studies. Others pursue entry level positions in the heritage sector.

"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

Tutors

Lorna Calcutt (MA ACR)

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.

Jasmina Vuckovic

Subject Tutor, Ceramics (and Related Materials)

Program advisors

  • Reino Liefkes - Curator of Ceramics, the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • ​Victoria Oakley - Head of Sculpture, Metals and Glass Conservation Department, Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Errol Manners - BADA member; Specialist in European & English Porcelain
  • Loretta Hogan - Senior Ceramics Conservator, the British Museum

How to apply

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.

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Applications are welcome from UK/EU and International students.

The deadline for applications for 2019 entry is 1 March 2019 (with the exception of Conservation of Books and Library Materials, which is 1 February 2019).

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