Taught course

Conservation of Furniture and Related Objects

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation · West Dean College of Arts and Conservation
PGDipFdA Hisric Craft Practices MAProfDevDip

Entry requirements

GRADUATE DIPLOMA 1 ACADEMIC YEAR (University of Sussex award) Degree or qualification at equivalent level to a second year of undergraduate study e.g. HNC, HND, DipHE and a significant interest in conservation and furniture. 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

Programmes in Furniture and Related Objects
encompass both making and conservation. You
can expect a strong emphasis on developing
good hand skills underpinned by theoretical study.
Students on all programmes are encouraged to
understand historic craft practice in order to
place their own work in a historical context.
Practical work
All courses place significant emphasis on developing
hand skills through practical work.
Materials Science
Your interpretation of historic objects will be underpinned
by developing an understanding of both structural and
decorative materials: their properties, identification,
degradation and stabilisation.
Preventive Conservation
You will develop your knowledge of preventive care,
including handling, packing, storage and display.
You will have your own bench with space for your tools
and access to a fully-equipped laboratory for analysis
and microscopy. This allows you to fully immerse yourself
and study at your own pace.

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 Hisric Craft Practices

full time
10 months


full time
12 months


full time
10 months

Course contact details

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+44 (0) 1243 811301