Melbourne Master of Cultural Materials Conservation

2 October 2014

So many undergraduates have a passion for culture and the arts, but aren’t sure where to turn after their bachelor degrees are completed. How about the University of Melbourne’s Master of Cultural Materials Conservation?
Students of the program can take advantage of the university’s unique position as a laboratory based interdisciplinary program and work with senior heritage professionals and conservators to preserve art and objects for future generations.
The university has connections with national and international institutions, and students can capitalise on the vast cultural collections and expertise of the University of Melbourne Centre for Cultural Materials Conversation, the Arts and Science Faculties and the Ian Potter Museum of Art.

Students will also be able to get involved with Indigenous projects, including the Association of Northern Kimberley Arnhem Aboriginal Artists and the Warmun Art Centre; and global institutions like the National Visual Art Gallery of Malaysia; Getty Conservation Institute, USA; and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Victoria.
Students will have the opportunity to

  • specialise in areas such as conservation, treatment of paintings, objects, works on paper and photographs;
  • access and apply sophisticated scientific conservation equipment at the University of Melbourne’s Science and Engineering faculties; and
  • gain professional experience through a national or international internship, where you will work under senior heritage professionals and conservators to carry out conservation research or a conservational treatment.

The Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (CCMC) is the only centre of its kind in Australia, combining both the theory and practice of cultural material conservation. Teaching programs offer specialist courses in conservation and art authentication. The Centre has a strong research track record and active research programs, with national and international collaborations. In addition, the Centre seeks to develop graduate research opportunities, relating to the broader issues of cultural preservation, particularly for communities and cultures within the Asian-Pacific region. Specialisations include conservation treatment of paintings, works on paper, frames, and object and architectural conservation; research and technical analysis; collection management reports and strategy plans.
Program: Master of Cultural Materials Conservation
Location: Parkville, Melbourne
Duration: 1 – 1.5 years
Semester intake: March 2015
Application deadline: January 2, 2015; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a completed application before December 15, 2014.
Graduates of the Master of Cultural Materials Conservation will

  • develop a sound knowledge and understanding of cultural material conservation principles, methodologies and best practice standards;
  • gain an understanding of the role of cultural material in the economic, social and cultural well-being of individuals, communities and nations;
  • be equipped to contribute to national and international debates, protocols and conventions relevant to cultural material conservation;
  • be informed advocates for cultural material conservation and play a leadership role within the sector, actively engaging in critical policy issues;
  • develop an appreciation of cultural diversity, community sensitivities and a changing social context to the scientific and historical paradigms that exist within the cultural heritage and conservation sectors;
  • develop critical and analytical skills and methods, and a cross-disciplinary understanding and approach, to the identification and resolution of conservation issues.

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