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.
Conservation of Wall Painting programme of The Courtauld Institute of Art 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.
- 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
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DisciplinesVisual Arts Museum Studies View 101 other Masters in Museum Studies in United Kingdom
- UK qualifications: Students will normally have achieved a good 2.1 in a humanities or sciences Bachelor’s degree, considered to be an overall average 65% or above.
- Overseas qualification: Equivalent to a good 2.1 in a UK first degree (e.g. US applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above).
- If you hold a qualification from outside of the UK, please contact the Admissions Team at email@example.com
- Interviews: The interview process consists of a personal interview before a board; tests of manual dexterity and colour vision; and a brief written test requiring comment on a variety of wall paintings.
- English language requirements: If your first language is not English, we require proof of English language proficiency –please see the English Language Requirements page.
International24250 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 24250 GBP per year during 36 months.
EU/EEA13500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 13500 GBP per year during 36 months.
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