MA Conservation

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The MA Conservation course is suitable for applicants who can meet the entry requirements and who are highly motivated to continue developing the knowledge and skills needed to undertake the conservation of three dimensional cultural artefacts or books and paper.


This course has up to 4 places available each year. Applicants for MA Conservation have to meet the minimum entry requirements, including the English Language Requirements (If you do not speak English as a first language), though there are three ways of doing so:

1. Standard Educational
Applicants who have achieved a BA (Hons) in Conservation or a Conservation related subject.
2. International Educational
Applicants who have achieved an international qualification equivalent to a BA (Hons) degree in Conservation or a related subject.
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.


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 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 176–184 or higher.


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

·           demonstrate commitment and motivation for the course;
·           evidence practical and theoretical knowledge of the subject;
·           gather, research and synthesise information;
·           critically evaluate their 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 their own time and set achievable goals;
·           communicate ideas verbally and in writing;
·           self-direct and evaluate their own work.

We are also looking for evidence of:

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


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 MA 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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