BA (Hons) Conservation: Stone, Wood & Decorative Surfaces

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The BA (Hons) Conservation: Stone, Wood & Decorative Surfaces course is suitable for applicants who can meet the entry requirements that are detailed below, and who are highly motivated to develop the knowledge and skills needed to undertake the conservation of three dimensional cultural artefacts.


1. Standard Educational
Applicants who have achieved, or are expected to achieve, the equivalent of 112 UCAS points, for example:
a) three GCE ‘A’ Level passes with one at grade A; OR
b) two GCE ‘A’ Level passes, plus a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at pass or above.
2. International educational
Applicants who have achieved, or are expected to achieve, the equivalent of 112 UCAS points with a combination of other qualifications including, though not exclusively, the International Baccalaureate or High School Diploma.

Please check UCAS guidance for the value of various International Qualifications.

3. Other experiential
Applicants who can demonstrate equivalent prior practice and experience, such as extensive work in administration; or perhaps minimal GCSE qualifications plus a number of years working in an arts context.

Using a process called Recognition /Accreditation of Prior Learning (R/APL), Art School Admissions Tutors consider how various work-life and (in)formal educational experiences meet the educational level of the entry requirements.

Please see our Recognition/ Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy here.


All applicants who do not speak English as a first language are required to provide evidence of their English language skills. The Art School cannot accept any applicant who scores lower than the equivalent of Level 6.0 on the standard English language tests (SELT) which can be taken with one of the recognised providers: with a minimum of 5.5 for listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

If you do not require a Student visa and wish to take The Cambridge English Exams, your score requires to be in the range of 169–175 or higher.


Due to the impressive calibre of graduates from our Conservation programme, our courses are highly regarded by the conservation and heritage sectors and are supported by both industry experts, who teach on the courses, and by benefactors, who help fund our conservation facilities and student bursaries.

Our primary focus is to thoroughly prepare students for a professional career as a conservator. With a limited number of course places, coupled with a high level of demand, our student recruitment process ensures we select the candidates most suited to study Conservation with us.

At interview, we are therefore seeking to determine the extent to which you can demonstrate:

·           fulfilment of the entry requirements;
·           evidence of interest and knowledge of cultural objects and their historical context;
·           commitment and motivation to the subject and the course;
·           a range of hand skills and technical abilities;
·           potential to gather, research and synthesise information;
·           potential to plan and prioritise your own time and set achievable goals.

We are also looking for your potential in the following areas:

·           observational skills;
·           manual dexterity;
·           a rational and informed approach to problem solving;
·           a curiosity about objects, materials and their behaviour;
·           patience and attention to detail;
·           an appetite for learning and an ability to focus.


We interview all applicants who reach our minimum entrance requirements. For further details on the interview process please consult the Course page that you are interested in. All tutors involved are trained in the fair and equitable conduct of interviews and are fully conversant in the Art School’s Admissions Policy.

We encourage you to inform us in advance if the arrangements for your interview require adjustment due to an existing condition or disability. For example if you might require more time or specific access arrangements or other support. Our aim is to ensure that all eligible applicants are given a fair opportunity to demonstrate their potential to study on the course.


The interview will be relatively informal and we want you to feel comfortable and confident. To ensure fairness and to help you prepare we have agreed upon a set of key questions that all applicants for their designated course will be asked at interview and these are set out below:

Please remember that the purpose of the interview is to enable you to demonstrate, and help us to see, your potential to study on the course. You should also use your interview visit as an opportunity to get a good idea about the Art School: our values and ethos, the course, and what studying here would be like and we encourage you to ask questions and see the interview as a two-way process.


When applying for BA Conservation, you have the option to include a digital portfolio but this is not a requirement.

For the digital portfolio, we recommend that you display 15-20 images. You should choose what you consider to be your strongest work undertaken within the last two years, representing the range of your interests and practice. We are not only interested in seeing finished work, so please include work in progress.



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