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University of Cambridge: Conservation of Easel Paintings

Institution University of Cambridge View institution profile
Department Single Tier Structure
Telephone 01223 335360
Study type Taught


The first year consists of approximately 40 per cent theoretical teaching and 60 per cent practical instruction and studio practice.

In the first term, practical instruction is delivered through the supervised reconstruction of paintings in oil and tempera on canvas and on panel. During the Lent and Easter terms of the first year, students are taught practical conservation techniques in the studio.

Over the course of the Diploma, paintings are allocated with a view to introducing students to as many aspects of treatment as possible. The projects increase in complexity as the course progresses and students are taught how to complete a project from beginning to end including how to deal with framing issues, how to manage their time and how to write reports and estimates.

There is instruction on analytical techniques and photographic skills and the formal teaching of theory is delivered in a series of seminars held throughout the first, second and third years.

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

Cambridge University


University of Cambridge



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