Take advantage of our unique position as a laboratory based inter-disciplinary program and work with senior heritage professionals and conservators to preserve art and objects for future generations.
Capitalise on the connections the University has with national and international institutions and the vast cultural collections and expertise of the University’s Centre for Cultural Materials Conversation, the Arts and Science Faculties and the Ian Potter Museum of Art.
You´ll 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.
100 point program
1 year full-time
an honours degree in a cognate, discipline with at least H2B (70%) average, or equivalent; or
an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline, with at least H2B (70%) average, or equivalent, and at least two years of documented, relevant work experience, or equivalent.
150 point program
1.5 years full-time
an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline, with at least H2B (70%) average, or equivalent, and at least one year of documented, relevant work experience, or equivalent.
200 point program
2 years full-time
an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline, with at least H2B (70%) average, or equivalent.
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
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 Master of Cultural Materials Conservation degree usually comprises a 200-point course, however you may be eligible to earn your degree with 100 or 150 points depending on previous studies and experience. You can undertake the program full-time.
As well as the sample plans shown below, you can also visit the course handbook for more information, including a full list of subjects.
Conservation Professional Practices
Introduction to Materials and Techniques
Technical Examination and Documentation
Conservation Materials Chemistry
Conservation Assessment and Treatment 1
Analytical Chemistry in Conservation
Conservation Assessment and Treatment 2
Materials and Techniques of Artefacts
Minor Thesis - Conservation
Minor Thesis - Conservation
Preventative Conservation Officer
Conservator of Paintings
Conservator of Photographic Materials
Natural Sciences Conservator
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