Master's Degree in Artistic Studies in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage in Europe
Official Master's in Artistic Studies approved by the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport by Order ECD/874/2016 of 7th April, by which the curriculum of the Master's Degree in Artistic Studies in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage in Europe of the Upper School of Conservation - Restoration is approved (Official State Gazette (BOE) of 7th June 2016).
Authorisation for teaching by the Community of Madrid in the Resolution of 28th July 2016 of the Directorate General for Universities and Research, which provides for the publication of the offer of Master's Degrees in Artistic Studies in Higher Artistic Education Centres of the Community of Madrid (Official Bulletin of the Community of Madrid (BOCM) of 8th August).
The Upper School of Conservation - Restoration is a public centre that reports to the Directorate General for Universities and Higher Artistic Education of the Regional Ministry of Education, Universities, Science, and Spokesperson's Office of the Community of Madrid.
Number of new places offered
For the 6th edition (2022-2023) a total of ten places are offered, distributed as follows:
- Six preferential places in the specialisation of Projects and Professional Organisation.
- Four preferential places in the specialisation of Conservation of Contemporary Documents.
- In case of vacancies, combinations of subjects without specialisation will be permitted.
Places are offered only for Graduates in conservation-restoration, with a Degree in Higher Artistic Studies in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, a Graduate Qualification in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, a Degree in Conservation and Restoration, a Degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage (equivalent to a university diploma), a Degree in Fine Arts with a specialisation or pathway in conservation and restoration, or with equivalent degrees from EHEA institutions, or from outside the EHEA with an accredited equivalent qualification level.
Some subjects may require prior training in certain subjects or specialisations (see subject tables).
Although the ratio for practical subjects is ten students/lecturer, a lower number of places may be established, the offer being limited according to the teaching needs of each subject.
Address: Calle Guillermo Rolland, 2 28013 Madrid. Telephone: 915482737. Fax: 915482737
Presentation and objectives
The Master's in Artistic Studies in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage in Europe offered by the ESCRBC provides advanced and multidisciplinary training in the field of conservation-restoration, oriented towards a professional, academic, and research specialisation. Its main objective is to improve and update the previous training of Graduates in Conservation-Restoration of Cultural Heritage, enabling the acquisition of the necessary skills and level of qualification (MECES Level 3/EQF Level 7) so that the Graduate can join the European labour market as a highly qualified conservator-restorer of cultural heritage, as well as participate in research tasks.
The general structure of the curriculum, which is based on a basic core of compulsory subjects together with optional subjects, provides the Master's degree with the necessary flexibility to focus studies, according to the student's own preferences, on a specific specialisation or on the in-depth study of certain topics or subjects.
Justification and professional opportunities
Although in Spain the profession of conservation-restoration is not regulated, and therefore does not require a special qualification for its practice, the tendency in most European countries is to develop mechanisms that promote its regulation in accordance with the guidelines and recommendations of professional institutions and associations (ECCO and ENCoRE). In this respect, the Master's in Artistic Studies in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage in Europe extends and complements the level and training of studies in conservation and restoration of cultural heritage, in order to comply with European directives and to comply with international guidelines on teaching in conservation-restoration. These guidelines stipulate that only a Master's Degree, obtained after a period of at least five years of specific advanced training in conservation-restoration, will enable the profession to be practised independently and individually.
This Master's Degree completes and develops the training and knowledge acquired in undergraduate studies (MECES Level 2/EQF Level 6) allowing Spanish graduates, and those from other countries, to meet the requirement of five years of specific training in conservation and restoration at Master's level (four Bachelor years + one Master year = five years), to be able to practice fully as a conservator-restorer in Europe.
Therefore, this Master's Degree qualifies students to work in conservation-restoration in Europe, trains professionals capable of joining multidisciplinary teams and directing projects and, given its research-enhancing structure, facilitates the pursuit of further training in the field of research by means of a PhD.
Furthermore, training in a line of specialisation will provide graduates with specialised training, enabling them to work more successfully in certain professional areas.