Master of Cultural Materials Conservation

1 - 2 years full-time, Parkville — Domestic and International students. CRICOS code: 061638A

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Course Description

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. You'll 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.

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


Who is it for?

If you want to refine your professional area of practice, you can specialise in areas such as conservation, treatment of paintings, objects, works on paper and photographs within the Master of Cultural Materials Conservation. Designed for those willing to extend themselves, you have access to sophisticated scientific conservation equipment at the University of Melbourne's Science and Engineering faculties, where you can hone your ability as a master conservationist. You can also gain professional experience through a national or international internship, where you'll work under senior heritage professionals and conservators to carry out conservation research or a conservational treatment.

Where will it take me?

On graduation from the Master of Cultural Materials Conservation, you will be ready for work in professional fields including:

  • The conservation and management of cultural materials
  • Community, regional, national or international collections
  • The cultural production and communication of cultural materials
  • Government
  • The scientific analysis of cultural materials

Graduates are employed in world-renowned organisations including:

  • Artlab Australia
  • Hunterian Museum & Gallery, University of Glasgow
  • Museums and Art gallery of the Northern Territory
  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • State Library of Victoria

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Application deadlines

  • 31 May, 2018 for Semester 2, 2018 intake*
  • 31 October, 2018 for Semester 1 2019 intake
  • 31 May, 2019 for Semester 2, 2019 intake
  • Scholarship deadline 

 It is strongly recommended your application is submitted by the following dates to ensure enough time for your student visa processing.

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*Please note: This is a late application closing date. Submitting your application during this period may impact on your ability to receive a visa in time for commencement of classes. The Department of Home Affairs suggests submitting your visa application no later than 6 weeks before class commencement to avoid late commencement, and no earlier than 3 months before you are due to commence. Please see the Future students website for more details



Please note: If you wish to be considered for a scholarship or bursary at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences you must submit an application to a GSHSS degree by 31 October 2018 noting that you must supply your final results and evidence of course completion by 30 November 2018 to meet the requirements of the scholarship criteria. If you are not able to meet these deadlines, you will be considered for the following intake.

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