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Architecture, Engineering
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The Bachelor programme Preventive Conservation

The Bachelor programme Preventive Conservation

In the course of restructuring university programmes according to the uniformed guidelines of the Bologna process, the faculty has decisively reacted to the increasing significance that the field of preventive conservation has gained in recent years. Thus, unique among German universities, the Bachelor programme Preventive Conservation was introduced in the winter semester of 2003/04. The Master programme Conservation and Restoration began one year later. We highly recommend to all our students to see the two programmes as a single unit, enabling them, after five years of studying, to be on par with the international academic standard of a conservator.

Our Teaching Goals

The professional qualification in the field of preventive conservation focuses on practical activities related to such areas as documentation, investigation, maintenance and protection as well as conservation of cultural heritage and works of art. A main focus is the establishment and implementation of suitable concepts for slowing down the natural loss of material and preventing damages. This implies that the future conservation specialists will create optimal conditions for cultural heritage and works of art. The requirements include profound knowledge of the most important materials and historical techniques to be encountered in the field as well as an understanding of necessary measures for the conservation of artifacts. Prevention of damages also includes the careful handling of the objects during transport, use, storage or exhibitions as well as providing information to persons responsible and to the public in general.

The Study Programme

Despite the fact that students might choose one particular field of study, the study programme is largely interdisciplinary and crosses the borders between the different fields. In addition to material-specific topics, there are courses in art, art science, chemistry, physics, microbiology and photography.

The following modules are fundamental to the Bachelor programme:

The specific significance of practical work is already apparent through the amount of the module Project Work. In addition, the fifth semester is characterized by two nine-week practical phases, which the students may fulfill in Germany or abroad. During the last part of the 6th semester the students will focus on their final thesis.

The Bachelor programme is designed as a full-time programme lasting six semesters. Students will have to acquire a total of 180 credit points, which may be acquired either in Germany or in another European country.