Taught course


University of the Arts London - Camberwell College of Arts · University of the Arts London - Camberwell College of Arts

Entry requirements

BA (Hons) degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent academic qualification Professional qualifications recognised as equivalent to a BA (Hons) degree Professional experience or experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to the qualifications required A combination of qualifications and experiential learning, which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to the qualifications required Applicants should ideally have experience of working or volunteering in a conservation setting Although a portfolio is not a requirement for this course, we recommend applicants demonstrate their intricate handcraft skills or work related to conservation at the interview stage IELTS level 6.5 or above if English isn’t their first language, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)

MA Conservation: Art on PaperMA Conservation: Books and Archival Materials

Months of entry


Course content

  • A course that consists of practical studio work where students are introduced to conservation ideas and techniques through taught classes
  • To learn about the science of materials and how they react under different conditions, providing students with an understanding of conservation treatments and a background to preservation management
  • To learn about visual examination and condition documentation, mechanical surface cleaning, humidification and washing, de-acidification and resizing
  • Our Art on Paper pathway to include specialist classes on fixatives and consolidants, pressure sensitive tape removal, sensitive media, parchment, iron gall inks, and an introduction to photographic conservation
  • Our Books and Archival Materials pathway to cover the broad international and historical spectrum of bookbinding and book structures with an emphasis put on acquiring an understanding of bookbinding history
  • During the second year both pathways focus on detailed conservation techniques, and students finish the course by working on a project with one of the many cultural institutions within London

Information for international students

Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 1852

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Project work80

Course contact details

Information Assistant
+44 (0)20 7514 6301