West Dean College of Arts and Conservation: Building Conservation Masterclasses (BCM)

InstitutionWest Dean College of Arts and Conservation
Department School of Conservation
Web http://www.westdean.org.uk
Email admissions@westdean.org.uk
Telephone 01243 818291
Study type Taught


Why choose West Dean College of Arts and Conservation?

An international reputation for excellence in conservation and arts education. 94% of students studying at the College felt the programme had enhanced their skills and abilities (2019 student survey) A rich arts environment and a focus on craft skills with vocational application. Be inspired by the unique historic character and beautiful South Downs setting. Located close to Chichester and the South Coast, with easy access to London.

The Course - Recognised by Historic England (formerly English Heritage) Duration: Part time completed in a five years (max.)

Study the technical and practical skills relevant to the repair and maintenance of historic buildings and structures by completing 10 Building Conservation Masterclasses (BCMs) - seven compulsory and three of your choice. This course is ideal for conservators, conservation officers, architects, surveyors, craftspeople and specialist contractors and is aimed at those who need to develop practical skills and those who need to understand, specify and supervise them.

The Professional Development Diploma is recognised by Historic England and adheres to its guidelines and standards aimed at improving building conservation practice. The diploma is designed and delivered by leading practitioners and follows the latest knowledge and developments in technology, craft and science applicable to historic buildings, archaeological sites and monuments. The unique Ruinette at West Dean, on which students practise conservation and repair techniques, is a purpose-built structure exhibiting the materials and defects typically found in historic buildings.


On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Professional Development Diploma certificate by West Dean of College of Arts and Conservation.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has agreed that the Professional Development Diploma course qualifies as a Conservation Training Course for entry on to the RIBA Conservation register at CR level.

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) has approved West Dean as one of its recognised CPD providers.

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) recognises a number of the BCM courses as appropriate CPD for its members. The Professional Development Diploma assists candidates in their progression to specialise in conservation and ultimately towards applying for CIAT's Conservation Register.

You can expect:

Tutors who are leading practitioners and a high tutor: student ratio Hands-on training in the repair and conservation of various building materials To gain a thorough understanding of structural repairs To improve your skills and up-to-date knowledge of developments in materials, techniques and current practice To submit a final illustrated portfolio of approximately 3000 words demonstrating the link between experience gained on the BCMs and your past, current and intended professional practice. Specialist teaching resources including the purpose-built Ruinette to practise techniques Workshop-based or conference style learning, dependent on masterclass subject Residential accommodation is available while you complete each masterclass

Professional Development Diploma

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