The scientific assessment of cultural heritage is essential with regard to the conservator-restorer’s responsibility in determining the best possible course of treatment for unique and irreplaceable objects of cultural heritage. Decisions for treatment are based upon scientific research and assessment methodologies and evaluated within an interdisciplinary framework encompassing both the Humanities and Sciences.
The conservator-restorer is a key-player in ascertaining and weighing-up the significance, values and physical characteristics of cultural heritage objects. He or she is specialised in demonstrating and explaining material aspects of these objects in relation to their broader context. In this process, working with both the head and the hands is essential. Outstanding manual skills are necessary but must be combined with an academic attitude and way of thinking.
The acquisition of professional experience at the highest possible level is therefore a guiding principle in our two-year Post-Master’s programme. In these two years the conservator-restorer in training follows an intensive, supervised learning programme focused upon practical training and in-depth research skills in one of the fields of specialisation. The trainee has the possibility to apply for several internships at renowned museums and institutions.