Taught course

Conservation of Metalwork

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

An internationally respected postgraduate metals conservation programme.

The strongly practical emphasis of this programme (73%) is based on assessment and treatment of clients' objects. You will consolidate your skills in the treatment of ferrous metals, copper allows, base metals and precious and plated metals. All work is grounded by your research into the historical context of each object, visiting lecturers and postgraduate science lecturers. Network within the sector, visit museums and collections, attend seminars and undertake optional work placements to develop your professional practice.

You can expect:

  • Practical hands-on bench skills and object based treatments
  • Tutors with extensive experience
  • To work on artefacts from public and private collections
  • An interdisciplinary environment
  • Visiting lecturers from public and private institutions
  • Access to dedicated workshops, 7am-10pm
  • An approach intormed by national and international practive, to Icon standards
  • Theoretical, scientific and analytical study of artefacts and materials
  • To perform historical research and interpretation of the objects you work on

Fees and funding

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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