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Course: Bachelor of Cultural Heritage Conservation (954AA)

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Award: Bachelor of Cultural Heritage Conservation
Course Level: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
University Admissions Centre (UAC) Course Code: 363063
CRICOS Code: 062889G
Offered Locations and Delivery Modes:

  • UC Bruce Campus



The new Bachelor of Heritage Museums and Conservation Course code 215JA will be offered in 2013. This replaces our previous undergraduate degrees in Cultural Heritage and Cultural Heritage Conservation. In the new degree students can continue to major in Conservation or Heritage and Museum Studies. For information contact Tracy Ireland or email

The Bachelor of Cultural Heritage is a unique course in Australia. The course is about the conservation, care and stewardship of cultural heritage material held in museums, collections and heritage places. Its purpose is to educate and train professional conservators in the required fields of science, arts and management It takes a multi disciplinary approach to the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage materials, artefacts and structures from a worldwide prospect.

Cultural Heritage Conservation is a global profession in high demand. The course aims to produce graduates who have a thorough understanding of the principals and practices involved in the conservation of heritage materials. Students will be taught how to conserve a wide and diverse range of materials, such as paintings, paper, textiles, archaeology, technological objects, sculpture and any other cultural heritage collections found in museums, historic houses and private collections.

The course is designed for students interested in the practical aspects of conservation and wish to pursue a career working with cultural heritage artefacts. The course has three strands - conservation, interpretation and management. These are based in several disciplines from science, the humanities, social sciences, ethics and law. The unique structure of the course requires special training for extended periods in Australias national cultural institutions, under the guidance of master conservators.

The Bachelor of Cultural Heritage Conservation will enable graduates to be considered for employment as a conservator in any museum in the world.

Faculty of Arts and Design Foundation units
A Foundation unit has content and learning outcomes of relevance to the majority of disciplines within the Faculty.
- Foundation units may be mandated as part of the four discipline specific units.
- Foundation units are also available as electives within Arts and Design and to the rest of the University.
- Foundation units can be integrated into elective Minors or Majors in undergraduate courses.
- Foundation units are generally taught by a mix of academic staff from within Arts and Design.

Further information on the Foundation Year including a full list of available units can be found on the Foundation Year webpage.

Students who complete this course will:
- develop scholarly analytical knowledge of the disciplines required for professional practice as a conservator of cultural heritage material;
- develop practical skills to a high standard that are essential for the practice of cultural heritage conservation;
- gain professional experience and recognition during the course through applied work and practice and with membership of professional and specialist museum and heritage associations, domestically and internationally; and
- develop a set of generic professional skills required for career practice in the sector including fieldwork, institutions, agencies and commercial enterprises.

Course Requirements

72 credit points comprising:
(a) Required 66 credit points as follows:
MJ0139 Major in Conservation Practice (Restricted) (24 credit points)
MN0004 Minor in Applied Conservation (Restricted) (12 credit points)

Required units as follows (21 credit points):
8491 Cultural Heritage Field School
8500 Introduction to Conservation Theory and Practice
8490 Conservation Theory and Practice 2
8499 Conservation Theory and Practice 3
7962 Cultural Heritage Research Project
8495 Practicum 4: Conservation Practical
8496 Practicum 5: Conservation Practical

Foundation units (9 credit points)
A typical first year structure will have:
- a Foundation unit, students in the Bachelor of Cultural Heritage Conservation will take 7966 A Brief History of Civilisation ; and
- a minimum of two open elective units. These may also be Arts and Design Foundation units, individually or as part of a Minor or Major sequence.

(b) Open electives 6 credit points as follows:
Students will take electives from an area of their choice. Two electives additional to these are taken in first year as part of the Foundation units. Students may build on Foundation units and/or first year electives to study a Minor.

In choosing electives students should note that no more than 30 credit points at level one is permitted for the entire course.

Requirements for degree with Honours:
High performing students may be eligible for entry to the Bachelor of Communication (Honours) course.

Typical Course Structure

Sample Course Structure

Semester 1 Semester 2
1516 Chemistry 1a 1517 Chemistry 1b
6526 Heritage Preservation 8500 Introduction to Conservation Theory and Practice
7966 A Brief History of Civilisation 7952 Practicum 1: The Museum
Elective Elective
7963 Ethics and Professional Practice 8499 Conservation Theory and Practice 3
8490 Conservation Theory and Practice 2 8497 Artefacts
Practicum unit Practicum unit
Elective Practicum unit
7965 Collections Management 8043 Analytical Chemistry
8491 Cultural Heritage Field School 7962 Cultural Heritage Research Project
Practicum unit Elective
8489 Conservation Practice: Internship (part A) 8498 Conservation Practice: Internship (part B)

Course Duration

Six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.

Admission Requirements

Normal UC requirements for admission to an undergraduate course.

Additional requirements:
Access to the collections of respective national cultural institutions may require additional clearances including police checks.

Professional Recognition

Seeking to establish an accreditation process with the Australian professional association of conservators, the AICCM - Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials.

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