Governed by the philosophy of minimal intervention and an interdisciplinary approach, the education seeks to impart a methodology that emphasises investigation and analysis of component materials and techniques, and diagnosis and control of the causes of deterioration. This aids design of a preventive, passive or remedial conservation strategy that is in line with accepted professional practice, and respects the integrity and significance of the object and its context.
The programme seeks to provide the student with a strong foundation in all aspects of wall painting conservation. On completion of the programme the student will be able to:
- contribute to the assessment of the significance of the painting and its context;
- examine and assess the original and later materials of both the painting and its support and the implications these have for deterioration and intervention;
- identify relevant factors of deterioration and evaluate the likely effects on the painting of measures proposed for their control;
- contribute to the design and implementation of a programme of conservation which may include: preventative measures; passive measures; emergency and protective interventions; remedial treatments; and design and implement monitoring and maintenance programmes;
- produce full written, graphic and photographic documentation; participate in the development of the profession, for instance through the presentation and publication of papers.
On graduation, students join a long list of Courtauld alumni who have gone on to have a major impact in the conservation of wall paintings and other aspects of cultural heritage across the world by working for heritage organisations, universities and in private roles.
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- Chemistry and physics for conservation
- Materials and technology of wall paintings and their supporting structures
- Theory and practice of conservation
- History of European Wall Painting and Conservation: Medieval
- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
This programme accepts new students once every three years.
DisciplinesVisual Arts Museum Studies View 78 other Masters in Museum Studies in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
Candidates should normally: have at least an upper second honours degree, or an international equivalent recognised by the University of London in an appropriate subject in the humanities or sciences; be able to demonstrate manual dexterity; have normal colour vision; be competent in the English language to a recognised international standard. An appropriate subject is interpreted broadly, since diversity of prior education is highly desirable in this multidisciplinary field involving so much teamwork. Previous conservation experience is not required, though some understanding of the nature of wall painting conservation is desirable.
International18500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 18500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
National7500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 7500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Apply and win up to €6000 to cover your tuition fees.
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