Taught course

Conservation of Furniture and Related Objects

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

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Entry requirements

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; 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.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Diploma brings together practical, theoretical, scientific and technical studies into a unified approach to the treatment and preservation of furniture and related objects. Further develop your specialist craft and conservation skills. Evaluate methodologies, critique and propose new hypothesis. Plan and implement technically complex projects. Completion of the first component of the course can serve as a pathway onto the MA Conservation Studies.

You can expect:

  • To develop excellent practical skills through object-based treatments.
  • To work on technically complex projects.
  • To study preventative conservation.
  • To work on live historic projects.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Currently a third of all tuition fees are met through bursary or scholarship funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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