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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.
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.
(Subject to re-validation)
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.
You will need to have an upper 2nd class or above UK Honours degree in an appropriate subject, or a non-UK equivalent. You will also need to demonstrate an established relationship (employment or other arrangements) with a historic house, museum or collection that will support your professional practice-based assignments. 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 submission of a portfolio of evidence.
International students will require English language CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Level B2 or IELTS 6.5.
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.
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.
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.