Birmingham City University: Conservation of the Historic Environment

InstitutionBirmingham City University
Department Birmingham School of Architecture and Design
Web http://www.bcu.ac.uk
Email courseenquiries@bcu.ac.uk
Telephone 0121 331 6295
Study type Taught

Summary

This Conservation of the Historic Environment course will help you obtain key knowledge in the conservation of buildings and the historic environment with practical skills-based workshops and lectures.

Our alumni find employment as conservation officers and can apply via their professional body to become accredited conservation architects, engineers and surveyors, as well as skilled conservation contractors.

The course is recognised as having one of the biggest cohorts in the country. The course is accredited by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), so if you need to understand a building or landscape in order to apply appropriate conservation techniques managing change in the historic environment, this course is for you.

**What's covered in the course?**
Through introducing a range of different skillsets and disciplines, our course gives you the knowledge to become a professional within the field of historic building conservation.

The foundations of conservation are introduced through understanding the basic concepts, philosophies, legal and historical aspects of British buildings and landscapes.

There is an emphasis on practical learning within the course as you choose from a series of workshops on traditional building materials. You will explore and acquire a range of specialist industry skills in areas such as metal and timber, ceramic building materials and the use of lime in historic buildings.

The foundations of conservation are introduced through firstly establishing the basic concepts, understanding philosophical, legal and historical aspects of British buildings.

You will experience an emphasis on practical learning within the course as you choose from a series of workshops surrounding building materials. Explore and acquire a range of specialist industry skills in areas such as metal and timber, ceramic building materials and the use of lime in historic buildings.

As well as instilling the fundamental skills needed to be a professional in the field of conservation, the course also prides itself on producing professionals that are able to manage and lead a project from visualisation and design, through to implementation. The second year provides insights into the realities of a project, such as ensuring sustainability and financial viability, encouraging forward thinking professionals that are able to see a project through to completion.

The second year also focuses on building elements and the historic environment, including working in a range of environments from historic interiors, parks and gardens to exploring the heritage of canals.

A dissertation at the end of the second year culminates all of the knowledge, perspectives and practical skills that you have developed whilst on the course, and provides the opportunity to specialise in an area of conservation that you have found most stimulating.

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