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Autumn 2021

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Core Curriculum
Orientation 5
Introduction to Paintings Conservation 5
History of Art and Culture 5
Professional English 5                                                        
Professional Swedish 5                                                        
Business Planning and Professional Communication 5    
Research methodology and Communication 5      
Basics of Professional Studies
Conservation Methodology and Ethics 5  
Museology I 5
Museology II 5    
Presentation Techniques and Photography 5
Conservation Documentation and Analytical Photography 5  
Chemistry I 5
Chemistry I, Continuation 5
Chemistry II 5  
Chemistry III 5    
Professional Studies
Historical Painting Techniques, wooden support 5
Gilding techniques and materials 5
Historical Painting Techniques, canvas support 5
Framing, Hanging and Storing of paintings 5
Structural Conservation of Paintings on Canvas Support 10  
Cleaning and Varnish Removal 5  
Filling and Retouching 5  
Varnishes and Varnishing Techniques 5  
Conservation of Panel paintings and Polychromed Wooden Objects 10    
Multidisciplinary Innovation Project 10    
Modern materials, Theory in Modern and Contemporary Art Conservation 10      
Hands-on Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art 10      
Advanced Professional Project 10      
Study Path
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Historical Lining Techniques for Paintings on Canvas support 5    
Conservation of Gilding and Gilding-related Surface Decoration 5    
Introduction to Conservation of Art on Paper 5    
Elective Studies
(Select 15 ECTS)
Internship I 15  
Internship II 15    
Bachelor´s Thesis
Bachelor's Thesis 15      
ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year 555565503025302530352525151512.512.5151512.512.5151517.517.512.512.512.512.5

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


The conservator’s task is to ensure the preservation and sustainable use of cultural heritage. Conservation encompasses all the activities with which the decay of cultural heritage is slowed down or prevented. If necessary, conservation can be supplemented with restoration.
Conservators work as specialists responsible for conservation and preservation of cultural heritage in cooperation with other specialists of the cultural heritage field. Conservators often work in teams, and therefore cooperation skills and flexibility are an integral part of the professional skills of a conservator. Conservators work in museums, conservation centers, archives, libraries, foundations, conservation projects and universities, or as independent conservation entrepreneurs.
The degree program in Conservation is phenomena based and consists of supportive studies, material studies and studies in conservation. Compulsory to all students common studies consist of the basic studying and learning skills, language studies, entrepreneurship studies and theoretical and methodological studies. The structure of learning path is based on the professional competencies.
The professional studies in conservation include project studies with emphasis on the cooperation with the working life.
The skills are based on the general competences related to conservation/restoration, including the pan-European requirements for the profession (see European Network for Conservation-Restoration Education and ICOM).
As the Metropolia UAS is the only university in Finland offering conservation education, the international cooperation is an essential part of the studies in conservation. In practice, this means long-term student exchange, work placement periods and short-term study trips abroad.
The bachelor´s thesis is an independent study project during the final year of studies made usually for the working life and consists of an advanced professional project and theoretical thesis on it.
In addition to manual skills, conservators possess good theoretical, technical and scientific competences and good problem-solving skills. A conservator can analyze the properties and behavior of different materials related to her/his work. A conservator knows the characteristics of different materials related to cultural heritage and conservation and is able creatively solve problems and develop methods concerning conservation.
A conservator knows the global issues and trends in the field of cultural heritage and recognizes the effect of technological development on his/her work, tasks and goals. A conservator is able to apply the principles of sustainability taking into consideration the global responsibility of her/his actions.


Dokumentointiosaaminen, kokoelmaosaaminen, konservointiosaaminen, kontekstiosaaminen sekä materiaalianalyysiosaaminen. (not translated)