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Collections Care and Conservation Management
MA Collections Care and Conservation Management
Duration: 2 years, part time
We are still accepting applications for 2019 entry. The West Dean College Bursary of £2,000 is also now available for new applicants to the MA Collections Care and Conservation Management programme (see below for more details).
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.
Areas of study include:
This two year course offers a flexible study path to achieve
your MA. The curriculum is delivered over eight five-day study
blocks in themed units, spread out over the two year
Programme units 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. Taught blocks are supported by off-site professional practice assignments and a dissertation.
On the MA Collections Care and Conservation Management you will 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 a relevant
subject or a non-UK equivalent.
English language: CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Level B2 or IELTS 6.5.
Accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) will be considered for the following types of applicant:
In 2019 I have started a new position as Conservator on the historic ships team for the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
This role includes dealing with conservation issues relating to large historic vessels, such as HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, a number of other vessels and submarines.
Studying the CCCM course has prepared me to deal with a variety of issues and make well-informed decisions. Properties which I need on a daily basis when working with challenging objects such as HMS Victory.
Alumnus, MA Collections Care and Conservation Management
Included is mandatory study trip cost of £400, which typically includes tailored visits to collections/exhibitions of specific interest to the programme of study.
Lunch (typically 2 courses) for part time MA students: £180
Accommodation and living expenses are additional, available on request.
Bursaries and Scholarships
A West Dean College Bursary of up to £2,000 is now available to applicants to the MA Collections Care and Conservation Management programme. Please download the West Dean Bursary application form and submit with your application to study before 30 June 2019.
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. See www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan
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.
Janet Sinclair has recently been appointed as subject tutor on the CCCM MA course in the School of Conservation. Janet is an art historian, curator and lecturer, educated at the Courtauld Institute, Bretton Hall and the Barber Institute, Birmingham, where her MPhil was on the history of British collecting and she taught for many years.
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.