Master of Cultural Materials Conservation

1-2 years full-time, Parkville Campus - Domestic and International students.


Take advantage of our unique position as a laboratory based inter-disciplinary program and work with senior heritage professionals and conservators to preserve art and objects for future generations.

Capitalise on the connections the University has with national and international institutions and the vast cultural collections and expertise of the University’s Centre for Cultural Materials Conversation, the Arts and Science Faculties and the Ian Potter Museum of Art.

You'll also be able to get involved with Indigenous projects including the Association of Northern Kimberley Arnhem Aboriginal Artists and the Warmun Art Centre, and global institutions like the National Visual Art Gallery of Malaysia, Getty Conservation Institute, USA and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Victoria.

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You will have the opportunity to

  • Specialise in areas such as conservation, treatment of paintings, objects, works on paper and photographs.
  • Access and apply sophisticated scientific conservation equipment at the University of Melbourne’s Science and Engineering faculties
  • Gain professional experience through a national or international internship, where you will work under senior heritage professionals and conservators to carry out conservation research or a conservational treatment.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are employed by:

  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • Heritage Conservation Centre, Singapore
  • State Library of Victoria
  • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
  • Museum of New Zealand
  • ArtLab Australia
  • Australia War Memorial

Our graduates are employed as:

  • Textile Conservator
  • Conservator
  • Preventative Conservation Officer
  • Paper Conservator
  • Conservator of Paintings
  • Conservator of Photographic Materials
  • Natural Sciences Conservator
  • Objects Conservator

When Art meets Science

Professor Robyn Sloggett, Director of the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation and academic in the Master of Cultural Materials Conservation program demonstrates how our students combine art history knowledge with chemistry and physics to conserve Australia's cultural heritage.

Warrambany of Warrmarn

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The Department of Housing in Western Australia have just published 'Warrambany of Warrmarn', a book about the flood waters that raced through the Warmun Art Centre in 2011.

Staff from our Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (CCMC) travelled immediately to Kununurra to undertake emergency conservation work, whilst a large part of the Collection was freighted to Melbourne for more extensive and sophisticated conservation in our Centre at the university.

As a result of the shared learning experience, the University of Melbourne and Warmun Art Centre are now expanding the partnership, developing a ground-breaking tertiary education program the "Gija Two-Way learning program".

Click here to view 'Warrambany of Warrmarn' and to learn more about this thriving partnership.
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