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. 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

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.

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 MA Conservation

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.

 

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