Conservation of Clocks and Related Objects

Graduate Diploma Conservation of Clocks

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Duration: 1 academic years (36 weeks) full time

The programme provides a context for the analysis, assessment and treatment of historic objects. You will learn professional standards of conservation practice as you develop practical, theoretical and professional conservation skills. Work on exciting and challenging client projects.

You can expect

  • To develop excellent practical skills
  • To learn the principles and techniques of historical horological manufacture and repair
  • To work on historic objects

Learning environment

  • High tutor: student ratio
  • Workshop access 7am-10pm, 7 days a week
  • Interdisciplinary environment
  • Teaches students to understand and apply Icon's Professional Standards in Conservation
  • Visits from specialists from the heritage and private sectors
  • Visits to museums and active links with heritage bodies

(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 specialist Clocks workshop with individual benches for each student. The workshop is equipped with a professional standard range of hand and power tools including lathes and drills and facilities for chemical treatments and cleaning. Students have access to the full range of metalworking and woodworking facilities in the adjacent departments. There are facilities for digital photography for the production of photographic records and documentation.

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, DipHE, an interest in horology, 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 as conservators for the heritage, public, corporate and private sectors, or as makers, repairers, restorers, teachers or advisors. There are many areas of specialism within the profession.

"The experience has exceeded expectations. The facilities are excellent, the tutors awesome, the scope limitless."

Jon Colombo, Diploma in Conservation of Clocks

Tutors

Malcolm Archer

Malcolm Archer F.B.H.I - Subject Leader, Clocks (and Related Objects)

Malcolm's extensive experience in private practice, as well as the heritage sector/museums, lies behind his in-depth understanding of the profession. He brings a comprehensive knowledge of traditional craft skills, theory and contextual history. He also has an interest in new and innovative ways of applying conservation to mechanical objects.

Program advisors

  • Geoff Allnutt: J E Allnut & Son
  • Tobias Birch: Montpellier Clocks

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.

Apply for Degree and Diploma courses

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).

Later course applications will be considered if there are still places available.

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