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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Cultural Material Conservation)

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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Cultural Material Conservation) should: * develop an in-depth knowledge of theories and methodologies in cultural material conservation; * gain an understanding of the role of cultural material in the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of individuals, communities and nations; * be able to access, appreciate and contribute to national and international debates, protocols and conventions relevant to cultural material conservation; * be able to act as informed advocates for cultural material conservation and play a leadership role within the sector, actively engaging in critical policy issues; * develop an appreciation of cultural diversity, community sensitivities and a changing social context to the scientific and historical paradigms that exist within the cultural heritage and conservation sectors; * be able to apply critical and analytical skills and methods, and a cross disciplinary understanding and approach, to the identification and resolution of conservation issues; * be able to competently and independently develop, communicate and apply conservation methodologies that are scientifically and technically sound, ethical, and consistent with cultural contexts and community needs; * develop a strong sense of professional and ethical responsibility for cultural heritage and an awareness of the moral and legal responsibilities of professional practice.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Cultural Material Conservation)
  • Course description
        * Thesis 12,000 words
        * up to five elective subjects

    Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.
    Thesis subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    108-544  Minor Thesis - Conservation
    The student proposes an original research topic which contributes to existing bodies of conservation knowledge. The student then initiates and conducts an involved program of primary research requiring interdisciplinary skills and knowledge. The stud...     Semester 1, Semester 2     37.50

    Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    107-402  Attribution, Expertise, Connoisseurship     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    108-449  Conservation Materials Chemistry
    The subject deals with the physical-organic chemistry of cultural heritage items and of products and formulations used in all aspects of conservation. It examines the relationship between the chemical structure, properties, and uses of solvents, dete...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-530  History and Philosophy of Museums
    This subject examines the growth of the museum from its origins in the wunderkammer and antiquarian collections of the 16th century to the dynamic and constantly shifting field of possibilities available to museums today. The subject charts the progr...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-471  Histories and Theories of Conservation     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    HIST40024  Secret Life of Things: Material Culture     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    121-503  Research Methods and Design     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50
    Note: Alternative elective subjects may be chosen depending on the students field of study and existing knowledge. Students must gain the approval of the course coordinator for their choice of electives.

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