Taught course

Conservation of Ceramics

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation · West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Entry requirements

GRADUATE DIPLOMA 1 ACADEMIC YEAR (University of Sussex award) To join the programme you will need a degree or qualification at equivalent level to a second year of undergraduate study e.g. HNC, HND, DipHE and significant interest in conservation and ceramics. English language: CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level B2 or IELTS 6.5 or above. POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA /MA CONSERVATION STUDIES 1 CALENDAR YEAR (University of Sussex award) To join the PGDip/MA programme you will need to have a good first degree in Conservation or a closely related field; or have completed a Graduate Diploma in a closely related subject (see above); or demonstrate an equivalent proficiency in basic conservation science, academic skills (research, writing and critical analysis) and practical hand skills, including manual sensitivity and dexterity. Progression to the MA is subject to the successful completion of the first semester and the identification of an appropriate MA project. Students may choose to exit the programme at the Postgraduate Diploma stage. English language: CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Level B2 or IELTS 6.5 or above. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DIPLOMA 1 ACADEMIC YEAR (West Dean College award) By mutual agreement of a project proposal and/or research project.

Months of entry


Course content

Within a bright and welcoming workshop
students develop the holistic skills necessary
to become professional conservators. Theory
and practice are integrated, ensuring students
develop critical awareness of conservation
issues plus a rich understanding of this
specialist discipline within conservation.
A broad range of objects is provided from public and
private collections, and students enjoy working with other
departments on joint projects. A variety of contexts is
explored; from archaeological finds to decorative arts
objects from a range of cultures and stylistic periods.
Conservation options and strategies and a full range of
materials and techniques are considered. You will benefit
from the input of visiting expert lecturers, external visits and
can engage in outreach events and client liaison to support
the development of business and communication skills.
Each student has their own workbench, access to a
well-equipped analytical lab and a pottery for weekly
evening sessions on new-making.
Students have undertaken work placements in prestigious
institutions such as The British Museum, The V&A, The
Ashmolean Museum, The Metropolitan Museum, Cliveden
Conservation, and Plowden and Smith Ltd. Graduates
have an excellent employment record.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships and Bursarys are available. Please view the website for further information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months


full time
10 months


full time
12 months


full time
10 months

Course contact details

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