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Course closed:

Conservation of Easel Paintings is no longer accepting new applications.

Teaching

The first year consists of approximately 40 per cent theoretical teaching and 60 per cent practical instruction and studio practice.

In the first term, practical instruction is delivered through the supervised reconstruction of paintings in oil and tempera on canvas and on a panel. During the Lent and Easter terms of the first year, students are taught practical conservation techniques in the studio.

Over the course of the Diploma, paintings are allocated with a view to introducing students to as many aspects of treatment as possible. The projects increase in complexity as the course progresses and students are taught how to complete a project from beginning to end including how to deal with framing issues, how to manage their time and how to write reports and estimates.

There is instruction on analytical techniques and photographic skills and the formal teaching of a theory is delivered in a series of seminars held throughout the first, second and third years.

One to one supervision

Daily

Seminars & classes

Approximately 30 hours

 

Lectures

Approximately 120 hours

Placements

Students normally spend 5-6 weeks at the Hamilton Kerr Institute's Ebury Street studio, London during their second year to gain practical instruction and experience in the structural aspects of painting conservation. Travel costs will be covered by the Institute.

Feedback

Feedback on each piece of submitted work will be provided. Students are given feedback on their practical work and general learning by each of their supervisors at the end of each term and this is discussed in a termly review with the Director. Students are likewise, given the opportunity to give feedback each term on their learning experience and the support they have been given.

Assessment

Thesis / Dissertation

In the third year, students must submit a project of up to 10,000 words containing original research of publishable quality. Students also make a reconstruction of part of a chosen painting, using the techniques and materials employed by the artist.

Other

Year 1: Assessment at the end of the first year is based on the continuous assessment of studio work, and a set of written and practical qualifying examinations. Students must pass the qualifying examinations to continue to the second year.

Year 2: Assessment in the second year is based on the submission of six 5000 word essays and two seminar presentations based on two of those essays.

Year 3: In the third year, students must submit a project of up to 10,000 words containing original research of publishable quality. Students also make a reconstruction of part of a chosen painting, using the techniques and materials employed by the artist, accompanied by a 5,000 - 10,000 word document detailing the reconstruction process. 

The studio work and written work submitted in the third year is examined by viva at the end of the third year.

Throughout the course, students are required to create a portfolio recording practical work. This is submitted at the end of the third year. 

Key Information


3-4 years full-time

Diploma

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Dec. 3, 2020
Course Starts
Sept. 7, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.


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