DSCN4408The academic year within the Faculty of Humanities of the UvA is divided into two semesters. Each semester is divided into three ‘blocks’. The first two blocks run for eight weeks each; the third block runs for four weeks.

The Minor is only offered in the first semester and contains the following modules:

  1. Conservation and Restoration: an introduction to the discipline and profession examines changing theories and approaches towards Conservation and Restoration within a historical framework and considers the importance of ethics in modern conservation theory and practice. In addition, the module aims to illuminate some of the inherent complexities encountered by professionals working in this strongly interdisciplinary field. Block 1, 6 ECTS.
  2. Chemistry for Conservation and Restoration will provide basic chemistry skills and an introduction into Conservation Science. Both are needed to successfully complete the Master programme in one of the ten fields of specialisation. Preventive conservation forms part of this module and deals with aspects such as climate control, the influence of light on objects and other environmental factors relevant to the safekeeping of Cultural Heritage. The Preventive Conservation course is part of this Chemistry module, but could also be separately attended by students with a specific interest in this topic alone. Block 1 and 2, 12 ECTS.
  3. Specialisations in Conservation and Restoration: an introduction to the fields of specialisation will illuminate each specialisation and consider their specific material aspects such as manufacturing techniques and degradation characteristics. Many different cases will be studied in order to obtain a broad perspective on making conservation assessments in each of the different specialisations offered in the Master’s programme. Block 2 and 3, 12 ECTS.