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Conservation of Ceramics and Related Materials
We are still accepting applications for all subjects for 2019 entry. Find out more about funding opportunities.
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
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) and interest or experience in object conservation and cultural heritage. You will be able to demonstrate significant interest in ceramics, and good manual dexterity and observational skills. The Graduate Diploma is accessible to students from both humanities and science backgrounds.
Alternatively, accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) will be considered for those who have been out of formal education for some years and are over 21, who do not meet the minimum entrance requirements, but who can demonstrate their capacity for degree-level work in other ways.
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.
Included is mandatory study trip costs of £400, which typically includes tailored visits to collections/exhibitions of specific interest to the programme of study.
Lunch, accommodation and other living expenses are additional, available on request.
Student Scholarships and Bursaries
Approximately 60% of students receive some form of funding. Find out more
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
Lead tutor MA Conservation Studies
Subject Leader, 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.