Train to become a professional conservator in ceramics and related materials at West Dean. Theory and practice are integrated and we provide a range of objects from public and private collections. Each student has their own workbench, access to a well-equipped analytical lab and a pottery for weekly evening sessions on new-making.
"The tutors are excellent and they always give us enthusiastic support. This has really helped to develop my confidence. The best part of the course is the practical work. We work on objects from museums and private collections, and we visit workshops to see how professional conservators work.”
Chie Yoshii, Conservation of Ceramics and Related Materials student
“We focus on live projects. The working conditions and small class sizes give our students the time and space to develop at their own pace in a supportive environment.”
Lorna Calcutt, Programme Leader
Postgraduate Diploma (one academic year)
Combining theory and practice you will undertake advanced projects in the conservation of ceramics and related materials. Enjoy visits to collections and conservation workshops and take part in work experience, which often includes a placement at a museum or a private workshop.
Successful completion of West Dean’s Graduate Diploma in Conservation of Ceramics and Related Materials, or appropriate experience and a degree in a relevant subject.
We arrange an exhibition of students' work from both Diplomas for invited guests, including those in the professional conservation field.
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