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Bachelor Degrees (UAS), Daytime Studies


Autumn 2019

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Supportive Professional Studies
Introduction to Studies 5
History of Art, Culture and Materials I 5
Methodology and research communication 5      
Museology I 10
Museology II 10
Introduction to Achaeology 5      
History, Philosophy and Ethics in Conservation, Integrated Swedish 5  
Conservation Documentation, Integrated English 5
Material Studies
Chemistry 1 5
Chemistry 1 advanced course 5
Chemistry 2 5  
Textile Materials, Structures and Fibre Identification 5
Organic and Inorganic Materials 10  
Modern Materials and Industrial Heritage 5      
Colour Theory and Colour Science 10  
Conservation Studies
Cleaning Methods in Textile Conservation I 5  
Cleaning Methods in Textile Conservation II 5    
Stitching Techniques in Textile Conservation 5  
Adhesives and Their Use in Conservation 5    
Introduction to Conservation 10
Project Studies
Advanced Professional Project 10      
Innovation Project 10    
Project Management and Entrepreneurship, Integrated Professional Communication 10    
Professional Development and Practical Training
Internship I 15  
Internship II 15    
Bachelor`s Thesis 15      
Elective Studies
(Select 10 ECTS)
Conservation optional studies
(Select 30 ECTS)
Conservation of Ethnographical Material, Integrated Analytical Research Methods 10    
Conservation of Modern Materials 10      
Conservation of Archaeological Textile Material 10      
ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year 60555560303030252530303015151515151512.512.512.512.5151515151515

Due to the timing of optional and elective courses, credit accumulation per semester / academic year may vary.


Conservation encompasses all the activities with which the decay of cultural heritage can be slowed down or prevented. If necessary, conservation can be supplemented with the restoration of missing parts / areas.
The conservator’s task is to ensure the preservation of cultural heritage for present and future generations.
A conservator is a special expert responsible for protecting and preserving cultural heritage.
Conservators work together with researchers from different fields and other experts, aiming to collect all information contained by objects and interiors of cultural historical value.
In addition to manual skills, conservators possess extensive theoretical, technical and scientific competence and good problem-solving solutions. They also analyse the properties and behaviour of different materials.
The conservator’s work is independent and requires perseverance, precision and attention to detail. Conservators participate in all stages of conservation work, from research and the planning of procedures all the way to implementation.
Conservators often work in teams, and therefore cooperation skills and flexibility are some of the characteristics expected of them. Conservators work in museums, conservation centers, archives, libraries, foundations, conservation projects and universities, or as independent conservation entrepreneurs.

Conservation of historical interiors (no application)
Interior conservators are responsible for the preservation and care of building interiors of cultural and historical value. The conservator’s work covers decorative wall murals as well as painted, wallpaper, wooden, gypsum, stone and plastered surfaces.
The studies provide in-depth knowledge in traditional surface materials and techniques, paint binder and pigmentation analyses as well as conservation work in cultural historical buildings and in museums. The goal is to preserve the original colours and materials of buildings of cultural and historical value using traditional working methods.

Conservation of paper (no application)
A paper conservator is a specialist in the preservation of a wide range of document and artistic materials: printed matter, books, art on paper, photographs and paper objects.
The paper conservation studies cover paper materials, manufacturing techniques, paper chemistry and fibre science. In addition to conservation techniques, it is important to understand various processes used for preparing objects, such as bookbinding, printing techniques and photography.
Paper conservators not only preserve written and illustrated material of cultural historical value, but also the information contained in it.

Conservation of cultural historical objects (no application)
The object conservator’s work comprises a wide range of tasks, including archaeological discoveries and classic automobiles. The object conservator’s competence includes understanding the properties of various materials and carrying out the proper procedures aiming at preserving objects and maintaining their usability.
In addition, object conservators focus on collection inventory, risk and condition assessments and the preparation of collection care plans in the form of practical projects and in cooperation with various museums.

Conservation of furniture (no application)
Furniture conservation covers a wide variety of furniture, such as modern furniture, 18th-century veneer and inlay-decorated lacquered furniture, flower-painted folk furniture and upholstered furniture. Furniture conservators work with a wide range of materials, varying from metal fittings and leather to silk upholstery and Chinese lacquer.
The training is based on knowledge of the different materials and manufacturing techniques of furniture, such as decorative carving, veneering, inlaying, polishing, decorative painting, gilding and upholstering.
Studies also include furniture style history, wood anatomy and introduction to other materials, such as metal, leather and plastic.
During conservation courses, students conserve several pieces of furniture and objects of various types. Conservation and supplementary restoration should always be done with a sense of respect for the historical layers of a piece of furniture or object.

Conservation of organic materials (focus in textiles) (application 2019)
Conservators are experts in organic materials who work in the preservation of different textile and other organic materials. Besides textiles and other cultural historical materials, conservator works for preservation of etnographical and archeological material. The conservator’s work combines manual dexterity with aesthetic appreciation of an artefact.
Studies include various methods used for cleaning and stabilising damaged objects. Knowledge of materials and fabric identification methods, coupled with understanding the behaviour of different materials and dyeing processes form the basis of the studies.
Collection care and management together with practical conservation is the answer for challenges the cultural heritage is facing today.

Conservation of paintings (no application)
Painting conservators specialise in the conservation of works of art painted on wood and canvas – icons, polychrome wooden sculptures, paintings on wood and canvas, and modern and contemporary art. Conservation of picture frames is also included in the studies.
In addition to conservation methods and practical work, the studies cover historical materials and painting techniques, such as gilding, tempera painting and early oil painting. Material analyses based on chemistry and biology form an essential part of problem solving in the conservation of paintings. The curriculum also covers museum work and construction of exhibitions.

The curriculum consists of supportive studies, material studies, conservation studies, project studies, optional studies, elective studies, work placement and bachelor’s thesis.

Optional studies
As elective studies, the student is able to choose studies in the degree programme for Conservation, or choose studies from the general elective studies basket of Metropolia.

International activities
The student can apply to international exchange programs or complete his/her work placement abroad.

Working life cooperation
Courses in the degree programme include cooperation with museums, conservation companies and public administration. Project studies include the Innovation Project (10 credits) which is carried out with working life and students from different professional fields.


Competence is based on the general competences of the conservator's profession, which also takes into account the pan-European requirements (see the European Network for Protection and Restoration (ICOM)).