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Conservation of Metalwork, FdA, MA, Postgraduate Diploma, Graduate Diploma, West Dean College

the United Kingdom

West Dean College

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About Conservation of Metalwork, FdA, MA, Postgraduate Diploma, Graduate Diploma - at West Dean College

Programmes in metalwork encompass both making and conservation. You can expect a

strong emphasis on developing good hand skills underpinned by theoretical study. Students on all courses are encouraged to understand historic craft practice in order to place their own work in a broader context.

 

Delivered in a purpose-designed workshop, we provide areas for photography, analysis (microscopes, metallurgy), chemicals, hot work (including casting, soldering, welding) and machining. You will also have access to on-site silversmiths and blacksmithing studios.

 

You will learn the language, ethics and philosophy of your new profession alongside practical techniques and gain a keen understanding of estimating time needed for a piece of work in a creative, problem-solving environment.

 

Theory and Practice

Practical work is supported by studying the history, conservation theory and material science of objects, enhanced by visiting lecturers, group visits to collections, studios and workshops.

 

Professional Practice

You will help organise and undertake work for clients, learn to estimate and tender for work. Seminars, lectures and case studies all add to producing a competitive portfolio of treated objects and workplace skills.

Previous students have gone on to work in organisations including The British Museum, National Maritime Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum, the V&A, and businesses including Plowden and Smith Ltd, Arabesque and Richard Rogers Conservation.

Entry requirements

FdA

An interest in metalwork and a good general education combined with a desire to attain an excellent level of hand skills. The FdA will appeal to you if you are aiming for employment in the trade, further study or are an international student.

English language: CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level B2 or IELTS 6.0 or above.

Graduate Diploma

Degree or qualification at equivalent level to a second year of undergraduate study (e.g. HND, DipHE). You will be able to demonstrate significant interest and ability in conservation and metalsmithing.

International students will require English language CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level B2 or IELTS 6.5 or above.

Postgraduate Diploma

To join the PGDip/MA programme you will need to have a good first degree in Conservation or a closely related field; or have completed a Graduate Diploma in a closely related subject; or demonstrate an equivalent proficiency in basic conservation science, academic skills (research, writing and critical analysis) and practical hand skills, including manual sensitivity and dexterity. Progression to the MA is subject to the successful completion of the first semester and the identification of an appropriate MA project. Students may choose to exit the programme at the Postgraduate Diploma stage.

International students will require English language CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level B2 or IELTS 6.5 or above.

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