Taught course

Conservation of Clocks

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation · West Dean College of Arts and Conservation
PGDipFdA Historic Craft Practices FdA Historic Craft Practices MA

Entry requirements

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. Programmes are recognised by the British Horological Institute.

Months of entry


Course content

West Dean College provides unique full-time
courses in horology. Students learn professional
practice in clockmaking and the treatment of
historic objects. At Foundation Degree level,
practical exercises help you establish hand
and machine tool skills relating to historic craft
practices in clockmaking. You also learn the
theory, principles and techniques used in historic
horological manufacture. This hands-on approach
equips you with the necessary technical and
practical skills for a career in the profession.
You will work on a range of historic clocks; this
bench-based activity is integrated with theory
and professional practice. You will learn how to
combine and use this knowledge when making
treatment decisions as a professional practitioner.
There are opportunities for advanced study at Graduate
Diploma and Postgraduate/MA level. Graduate Diploma
students combine hand and technical skills with basic science
and academic study. Postgraduate/MA level students integrate
professional practice, material analysis and contextual studies
into the treatment of complex, intellectually and technically
challenging historic projects, including objects such as
automata, equipping them to operate in a range of
environments as professional conservators.
You will have a dedicated bench space in the workshop,
equipped with hand and machine tools for the production
and repair of clocks. There is an area for cleaning and
testing completed work and access to analytical equipment.

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

FdA Historic Craft Practices

full time
10 months

FdA Historic Craft Practices

full time
20 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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