The Master's programme in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage will introduce you to the theory and practice of conservation and offers nine specific conservation specialisations.
The Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage programme will introduce you to the theory and practice of conservation. In addition to nine conservation specialisations, specified under 'Study programme', we offer a track in Technical Art History. Our curricula combine theory with practice and humanities with science.
A conservator-restorer works on the preservation and conservation of cultural heritage, a field in which conservators and technical art historians, as well as scientists, archaeologists, art historians and anthropologists, play a key role. The conservator-restorer represents an essential link with the object or artwork within multidisciplinary collaborative projects. To become a conservator in one of the nine conservation disciplines, you'll need to complete both our Master's programme and Post-Master's programme.
The technical art historian
This new branch of art history focuses on an artwork as a physical object, studying the materials, techniques and production methods that went into its making, as well as artist's reflections on the process of creation. The Conservation and Restoration department at the University of Amsterdam is one of the few programmes in the world to offer this specialisation, which sits at the crossroads between conservation, art history and science.
Conservation and Restoration at the University of Amsterdam
The MA programme in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage takes two years to complete and is followed by a two-year postgraduate track. The entire programme for becoming conservator-restorer consists of three parts in total:
- a Bachelor’s degree certificate in humanities or science, possibly including a minor in Conservation and Restoration (30 ECTS credits);
- a two-year Master's programme in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage with a substantial element of practical training, and;
- a two-year postgraduate track in which the trainee conservator-restorer works in a training studio and completes an internship to achieve the international level of professional specialisation required of conservator-restorers (see Study programme for more information).
Upon completing this seven-year programme, you will be nationally and internationally qualified as a conservator-restorer in one of the specialisations listed above. All three components must be completed to obtain this qualification.
Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage is an accredited Master’s degree programme. Upon successfully completing this programme, you will obtain the legally recognised Master’s degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage and the title Master of Arts (MA).
The programme has a workload of 120 ECTS:
- 60 ECTS object-focused practical training
- 42 ECTS theory courses
- 18 ECTS thesis
The practical projects will focus on one of the nine disciplines. At least one of the practical components will comprise an interdisciplinary project that also draws on other disciplines. The thesis is the result of an individual project. You will also take part in a programme of presentations, lectures and symposia.
The Master's in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage comprises ten specialisations.
The individual research project is related to the practical project and leads to a thesis of 18 ECTS. The research topic will be determined in consultation with your thesis supervisor.
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