Conservation with Specialization in Conservation of Cultural Heritage Objects, Master's Program
This programme is a practical conservation course. Laboratory-based learning is complemented by an internship in conservation practice. Research carried out in the second year of the programme will involve modern scientific inquiry and investigation. The course is taught in English and involves both theoretical and professional training to hone your technical skills and prepare you for a career in art conservation. The academic year 2022/2023 the focus will be modern materials.
Preserving works of art is necessary for the appreciation of our tangible heritage by future generations. Materials used to produce works of art are often intrinsically susceptible to chemical degradation; conservation aims to stabilize and understand how we can preserve cultural heritage and works of art. Climate change, risk, and increased demand for access to works of art in exhibitions are particular challenges that conservators will need to address.
A unique opportunity to specialize
The specialization—following ENCoRE requirements—has a different material focus. The academic year 2022/2023 the focus will be modern materials. The year before that had the same focus, and in 2019 and 2020, the conservation of easel paintings was offered. Different specializations will be offered in the future, including stone and wall paintings, archaeological and ethnological objects, textile and prevention conservation.
The programme incorporates professional codes of ethics and scientific methods of analysis in assessing the condition of artefacts and implementing preventive and remedial methods for conservation. You will develop methodological and technical skills while incorporating critical thinking in conservation, reflecting on how your decisions influence context and treatment.
A collaborative and international learning environment
Our unique programme combines science, practical conservation, and research and is taught by experienced conservators, conservation scientists, and international guest lecturers. The Department of Conservation has a strong historical position in Sweden and has been running for over three decades. Our programme has rigorous and challenging teaching in the first year, followed by a second year in which you can develop specific skills during an internship and specialize during research. Internships and student research are based on a strong network of collaborations with international conservation centres.
Firm grounding in research and collaboration
Our programme is carried out in close cooperation with national and international organizations including the Swedish National Heritage Board (RAA), and enjoys an array of international connections, for example University College London and universities in the Nordic countries. We also have Erasmus agreements with conservation programmes across Europe.
If you’re interested in theoretical rather than practical art conservation, take a look at our sister master’s programme in Conservation.
Programme structure and content
The first year of the programme consists of the main teaching courses, and the second year is dedicated to an internship and a research-based thesis project. Courses include lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory work, and investigations. You will learn new methods for assessment and treatment as you develop your practical skills. If you already have extensive practical experience in conservation, you may choose to spend a year on your final thesis, instead of doing an internship.