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 Museum of the Philippines, Museums Victoria 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 galleries, libraries, archives and museums across campus.


Who is it for?

If you want to refine your professional area of practice, you can specialise in areas such as conservation treatment and new media pathways, and engage in our field based subjects in the East Kimberley and overseas in the Philippines or Indonesia, 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 an emerging conservator. 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 conservation 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:

  • Attribution and technical studies
  • Material, treatment and scientific analysis of cultural material
  • Documentation cultures to conserve new media and digital content
  • The cultural record and managing change in the Asia Pacific region
  • Conservation and Museology

Graduates are employed in world-renowned organisations including:

  • Artlab Australia
  • Museums and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • State Library of Victoria
  • Bali Office for Cultural Heritage Conservation, Indonesia

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Application deadlines

  • 31 October 2019 for Semester 1 2020 intake
    Please note: later applications for some courses may be accepted through until 31 December 2019
  • 31 March 2020 for Semester 2, 2020 intake
    Please note: later applications for some courses may be accepted through until 31 May 2020
  • Scholarship deadlines 

In applying past the deadline, students should take into account student visa deadlines.

 International applicants can apply up to one year in advance of their studies. That is, if a student would like to commence in Semester 1, they can apply from Semester 1 of the previous year

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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 Oct for Semester 1 and 31 March for Semester 2.

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