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Heritage Materials - Aesthetics and Stability G (11163.1)

Level: Graduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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This unit develops student understanding of the roles and properties of historic surfaces and coatings, and the ethical and interpretive issues raised by restoration of surface materials. Practical projects and exercises will be used to demonstrate methods of examining and treating surfaces, as well as issues of values, authenticity and financial and cultural 'cost-benefit' equations. Students completing this unit will be able to develop and apply conservation treatments for heritage surfaces that enhance their cultural significance and physical stability.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Investigate and articulate the life histories and cultural significance of heritage surfaces using physical and documentary evidence, and stakeholder consultation;

2. Identify when and how stabilisation or restoration of heritage surfaces could enhance their stability, protectiveness, interpretation or potential for audience engagement;

3. Develop and implement effective and sustainable stabilisation or restoration treatments for heritage surfaces, taking into account information about cultural significance, physical condition and intended use; and

4. Apply appropriate techniques for the stabilisation and restoration of heritage surfaces, through practical exercises and projects.

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Contact Hours

One 1 hour lecture, face-to-face or online, and one 2 hour workshop on-campus per week.


Undergraduate students must have completed a minimum of 48 credit points.



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