West Dean College
United Kingdom
Postgraduate Diploma
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Entry Requirements

A good first degree in Conservation or Museum Studies, or successful completion of West Dean’s Graduate Diploma in Metalwork Conservation.


Practical Work

The practical units (75%) of the programme are based on assessment and treatment of clients’ objects. Consolidating skills in the treatment of ferrous metals; copper alloys; white metals; precious and plated metals.

Metalwork Theory and History

You will study the history of art and design for metalwork and mixed media objects and develop your understanding of metals and treatments through science, research, and discussion of ethics.

Professional Practice

You will help organise and then undertake site work for real clients, learn to estimate and tender for work. You will network, visit museums and collections, attend seminars and undertake (an optional) work placement(s).

Conservation Research Projects

You will carry out research and data collection in order to produce object reports and essays. A written assignment supported by practical experimental work on a negotiated aspect of materials technology in conservation will highlight your skills and develop specialist areas.

Exhibition of Work

A display of your work to invited guests including those in the professional conservation field.

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