Graduate Diploma Arts: Conservation

The Graduate Diploma Arts: Conservation course is suitable for applicants who can meet the entry requirements that are detailed below, and who are highly motivated to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills needed to undertake the conservation of three dimensional cultural artefacts and go on to study at postgraduate level.

For further information on how to apply to the course, and to download the Application form, please go to the Apply section on the Art School front page.

Entry requirements

All applicants have to meet the minimum entry requirements for admittance to the course, including the English Language Requirements (If you do not speak English as a first language) though there are three different ways of doing so:

1. Standard Educational
Applicants who have achieved a BA (Hons) Degree.
2. International Educational
Applicants who have achieved an international qualification equivalent to a BA (Hons) Degree.
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 a Conservation 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.

English Language Requirements

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 6.5 from the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), with a minimum of 5.5 for listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

If you do not require a Tier 4 visa and wish to take The Cambridge English Exams, your score requires to be in the range of 176–184 or higher.

Selection Criteria For Conservation Studies

At interview we are seeking to determine the extent to which an applicant can:

·  Demonstrate commitment, motivation for the course;
·  evidence practical and theoretical knowledge of the subject;
·  gather, research and synthesise information;
·  critically evaluate your own achievements and recognise areas for development;
·  evidence an interest in and knowledge of cultural objects and their historical context;
·  demonstrate a range of hand skills and technical abilities;
·  plan and prioritise your own time and set achievable goals;
·  communicate ideas verbally and in writing;
·   self-direct and evaluate your own work.

We are also looking for evidence of:

·  manual dexterity;
·  observational skills;
·  an informed approach to problem solving and project management;
·  an appetite to research objects, materials and their behaviour;
·  patience and attention to detail.

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