The Postgraduate Diploma is an intensive introduction to the theory and practice of paper conservation, and relevant areas of conservation science and museology. Teaching consists of practical classes, lectures and seminars in paper conservation techniques, conservation of parchment, basic bookbinding, conservation science and museology. A programme of visits to curatorial and conservation departments in London. is also part of the course.
Postgraduate Professional Development Programme
Your PgDip at Camberwell includes the chance to improve your research and career development skills. You’ll have access to workshops in IT skills, individual and group tutorials for discussions on professional issues, and tutor-led seminars.
PgDip Conservation Staff
The course is run by Subject Leader Mark Sandy, who is currently collaborating with the Horniman Museum on a research programme investigating the properties, deterioration, and conservation of Raphia palm leaf used in the fabrication of African artefacts. His team includes Corinne Hillman, whose major research area is the conservation of photographs and Eve Graves whose research interests include European medieval culture and imagery, museology and the history of museums and collecting. Visiting tutors include Leonard Hanson, who is Conservator at the Hulton-Getty Picture Library, Dr. Sandra Grantham, a conservator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, David Collins, A Member of the Society of Archivists who has worked in Sinai, Greece and Finland, and Eleni Katsiani, the Head of Conservation at the Royal College of Arms.
The quality of the teaching was recognised in 2000 when the Quality Assurance Agency awarded the college 23 out of 24, commenting that 'Teaching at Camberwell is of a very high quality' and again in 2003 following a successful development engagement, 'The standard of teaching and commitment to learning and welfare are excellent.'
Many graduates from the Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation have gone on to study on the MA in Conservation at Camberwell or at the Royal College of Art, the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Textile Conservation Centre and the University of Northumbria. Other graduates have attended conservation internships or employment as conservators with various institutions including the London Metropolitan Archive and Hampton Court Palace.
-International students must show proof of IELTS level 6.0 or above in English on enrolment
-Evidence of manual skills