Collections Care and Conservation Management
This MA provides the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for a lead role in collections care and management within a historic house context. It is aimed at conservators and curators with significant collections care responsibilities, as well as graduates from conservation or other museum related disciplines intending to develop their careers in this area.
The two year course offers a flexible study path to achieve your MA. The curriculum is delivered in themed 5 day modules spread out over the two year programme. Course modules cover a comprehensive programme of theory coupled with practical conservation exercises and visits that focus on key aspects of contemporary collections care and management practice. Residential modules are supported by off-site research assignments and a dissertation.
You can expect
You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, external trips and visits and work based learning. In addition, you have personal tutorials with your subject tutor.
On the MA Collections Care and Conservation Management you typically have around 30-35 contact hours per study block, 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.
30% of your time is spent in scheduled teaching
and learning activity.
Scheduled teaching and learning: 534 hours, Independent learning: 1266 hours.
Facilities include an analytical laboratory and computer suite. The on-site Art and Conservation Library gives you access to specialist databases and thousands of specialist books and journals.
Collaboration with other conservation specialisms makes for a uniquely enriched learning environment.
An upper 2nd class or above UK Honours degree in an appropriate subject, or a non-UK equivalent. Students will also need to demonstrate an established relationship (employment or other arrangements) with a historic house, museum or collection that will support their research assignments. West Dean College aims to offer 2 in house placements. In the absence of a BA the requirement will be demonstrable research and writing abilities commensurate with BA level combined with relevant professional experience, which will be assessed on a case by case basis.
International students will require English language CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Level B2 or IELTS 6.5.
UK/EU Fees: £4,800 pa
International: £4,800 pa
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.
New Postgraduate Loans
If you are a UK student and plan to take a postgraduate Master's course you may be able to get a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 to help with course fees and living costs.
Shayne Rivers is an acknowledged world expert in the conservation of furniture and Asian lacquer. She has lectured on conservation in the USA, Australia, Japan, Europe and the UK, and has been involved in the education of the next generation of conservators throughout her professional career.
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.