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Graduate Certificate in Heritage Materials Conservation - ARC102

Course Code: ARC102
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): School of Arts and Communications
UAC Code: 880608
CRICOS Code: 096390J
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

 

Conserve cultural heritage with this hands-on degree

Whether your professional background is in science, environmental management, architecture, engineering, building and construction, or the humanities, this course will give you the skills in understanding, conserving, reconstructing and restoring heritage materials.

In this course you will explore how these materials are made, how they respond to their changing environments, how people value them, and how conservation professionals ensure they survive into the future.

Through practical field-based workshops and behind-the-scenes tours of heritage sites and collections, you will learn to investigate the condition and significance of heritage items, develop conservation and management plans for them, and carry out laboratory and on-site treatment techniques to preserve and restore them.

All units contain Indigenous cultural content as a key underpinning to theory, practice, history and contemporary social, economic and cultural issues in the cultural heritage sector.

The flexibility to develop your personal vision, interests and focus as a professional is intrinsic to the course, and progression to the Graduate Diploma in Creative and Cultural Futures and Master of Arts in Creative and Cultural Futures is available by enrolling in additional units.

Study a Graduate Certificate in Heritage Materials Conservation at UC and you will:

 

  • apply values-based methodologies to identify the stakeholders and values that must be taken into account in conservation planning
  • use observation and analysis to accurately identify heritage materials, their condition, and their responses to environmental conditions
  • integrate physical data and cultural understandings to develop sustainable conservation treatment and management plans for heritage
  • determine and apply appropriate preservation, conservation and restoration techniques to conserve and enhance heritage materials.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

WIL is a significant focus of the course, with all units centered on the development of key methods, techniques and skills required for work in the field of cultural heritage.

As part of your studies you will gain extensive practical experience working in real-life industry scenarios, participate in site-based tutorials, explore numerous local and international case studies, while also contributing to group projects and research work.

You will also have the opportunity to gain access to mentors from within the industry, deliver presentations to culture and heritage practitioners, and be challenged working with simulations of real-world industry design briefs.

If you are already employed in the sector, you will also be encouraged to use your past experiences to reflect on current industry practice, problems and issues.

Career opportunities

 

  • conservator
  • head of heritage
  • heritage consultant
  • curator
  • gallery manager
  • indigenous heritage officer
  • collections manager
  • heritage manager
  • engineering heritage consultant
  • historic buildings conservation officer
  • culture and heritage officer
  • heritage site manager
  • heritage and cultural policy adviser

Course-specific information

A clear pathway of study exists between this course, the undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (Culture and Heritage), the postgraduate Graduate Diploma in Creative and Cultural Futures, and the Master of Arts in Creative and Cultural Futures.

Students who have completed this course may apply and receive credit for units within the Graduate Diploma in Creative and Cultural Futures.

 

Enquiries

Prospective Domestic Students:
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students:
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students:
Email FAD.Student@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1300 301 727

Admission Requirements

Students must have a bachelor degree in any field as approved by the University.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Graduate Certificate in Heritage Materials Conservation GradCertHeritMatConserv

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2020 $22,300 $32,900

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. Graduate Certificate courses are typically 0.5 years in duration, so the total course fee will be half the above for such courses.The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Apply values based methodologies to identify the stakeholders and values that must be taken into account in conservation planning. 1.1 UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
2.2 UC graduates are global citizens: adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries; and
2.3 UC graduates are global citizens: understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures.
Use observation and analysis to accurately identify heritage materials, their condition, and their responses to environmental conditions. 1.1 UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills.
Integrate physical data and cultural understandings to develop sustainable conservation treatment and management plans for heritage. 1.1 UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
1.3 UC graduates are professional: use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
1.5 UC graduates are professional: display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload;
2.2 UC graduates are global citizens: adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
2.6 UC graduates are global citizens: behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives; and
3.3 UC graduates are lifelong learners: adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.
Determine and apply appropriate preservation, conservation and restoration techniques to conserve and enhance heritage materials. 1.3 UC graduates are professional: use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; and
3.4 UC graduates are lifelong learners: evaluate and adopt new technology.

Course Duration

One semester full-time or equivalent. Maximum four semesters.

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2020 NO NO

Offerings

Enrolment Numbers

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