Conservation of Furniture and Related Objects

Graduate Diploma Conservation of Furniture and Related Objects

The next Open Day will take place on Saturday 4 February 2017. Learn more


Duration: 1 academic year (36 weeks) full time

Through practical work develop your tool skills, learning a variety of techniques and trades through historic craft practices. Learn about interventive treatment, structural and surface stabilisation, cleaning, consolidation, restoration of losses, materials and techniques, theory and practice.

Develop an understanding and appreciation of the history and cultural context of furniture and related objects and the architectural interiors they were created to be part of. Study wood and other decorative art materials associated with furniture including surface coatings: transparent, gilded, painted or lacquered.

You can expect

  • To develop excellent practical skills
  • To learn historic making techniques
  • To study preventative conservation

Learning environment

  • Workshop access 7am-10pm, 7 days a week
  • High tutor: student ratio
  • 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

Careers

Graduates of the programme often progress to the MA Conservation Studies (via the Postgraduate Diploma first stage).

Graduates go on to work as furniture makers, designers, repairers, restorers or conservators.

Student

"It has given me the opportunity to learn about the very different approach to craft in England with its long historical tradition, and to work on historically important objects." Franciszek de Sage, Graduate Diploma, Conservation of Furniture and Related Objects

Entry requirements

Degree or qualification at equivalent level to a second year of undergraduate study, e.g. HND, DipHE, together with experience and ability in woodworking skills and knowledge of and interest in furniture.

International students will require English language CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level B2 or ILETS 6.5 or above.

Facilities

You will work in our specialist Furniture workshop and have access to an analytical laboratory. Collaboration with other conservation specialisms makes for a uniquely enriched learning environment.

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.

Fees

  • UK/EU Fee: £13,140
  • International: £13,140
    Students have the option to pay fees in instalments by term, 2 weeks in advance of term start date.

Funding available, find out about funding here.

Application deadline for 2017 entry: 1 March 2017.

"It has given me the opportunity to learn about the very different approach to craft in England with its long historical tradition, and to work on historically important objects"

Franciszek de Sage, Graduate Diploma, Conservation of Furniture and Related Objects

Tutors

Norbert Gutowski

Norbert is a furniture maker - conservator with almost two decades of tutoring experience, who has also worked extensively as a fine antique furniture conservator- restorer.

Tristram Bainbridge (MA ACR)

Tristram works as a contract furniture conservator at the V&A and in private practice. He has lectured in conservation at the City and Guilds of London and at Camberwell College of Art.

Program advisors

  • Christopher Claxton Stevens: Decorative Arts Scholar and Consultant
  • Richard Coles: Antique Furniture Dealer
  • Kate Gill: Textile Conservator

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.

+44 (0)1243 818 291

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