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Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings

Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Diploma

  • Location

    Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Overview

The study of the conservation of easel paintings is a 3-year full-time course and leads to the qualification of a postgraduate diploma. Its interdisciplinary nature brings together art history, fine arts and natural sciences, and applicants usually have a BA or equivalent degree in any of these subjects. The student body is international, with a yearly intake limited to 5, which makes the teacher-student ratio exceptionally high. The competitive nature of the course leads to an equally exceptionally high degree of employment upon graduation, in both the most reputable institutions and private conservation studios in the world, such as the National Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Getty, the National Trust, and the Royal Collection.

On graduating, you will be:

  • Able to address the complexity of easel painting conservation.
  • Knowledgeable about artists’ materials and techniques from the medieval to the contemporary period.
  • Be proficient in communicating achievements through presentations.
  • Highly employable practitioners in painting conservation and conservation science.

Assessment: The course involves a variety of methods of assessment:

Each term you will give a presentation at so-called “work in progress” meetings and complete written and photographic documentation for each painting.

There are viva voce examinations of practical work at the end of each year. At the end of the first year, you will also sit for a science or art history exam and write three essays on a number of conservation-related topics.

You will have to pass the examinations at the end of the first and second years in order to progress to the next year. Our postgraduate diploma is awarded on the basis of the research project and the examinations at the end of the Third Year. All examinations and assessments involve internal and external markers. The external markers are conservators from academic and public institutions.

Careers & Employability

The course is designed to produce graduates with highly transferable skills, which will prepare you for a wide range of employment opportunities, or further academic study. Our graduates are not only equipped with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the conservation of easel paintings, but also learn how to:

  • Analyse visual imagery and articulate sophisticated arguments in formal writing and in oral presentations.
  • Read critically.
  • Assimilate complex material.
  • Present research to a varied audience.
  • Develop independent research skills.
  • Experience collaborative work in groups.

With these skills, Courtauld graduates go on to jobs in the international art world, usually in private practice or in museums such as the National Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Getty, the National Trust, and the Royal Collection.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 24,250per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

  • Campus address

    Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, Somerset House, Strand, Westminster, WC2R 0RN, England

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