The diploma programme
of Conservation and Restoration
prepares students for an academic conservator’s field of activity. The five-year
programme offers four specialist areas: paintings, textile, object and stone.More
information on the programme here.ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Registration for the academic
year 2020/2021 is already closed.
The next admission process is projected for February 2021.
regarding registration and admission exam will follow.
We suggest getting details of the admission exam and the
diploma degree programme in good time from the management of the Institute during their office hours (email@example.com)!The following skills and abilities are required in the study programme:
The future restorer
should possess artistic aptitude and enjoy practical-manual, craft-based work, but also show an interest in the humanities
(art and cultural history, archaeology …) and natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics). We recommend undertaking a pre-study
internship of several weeks at a restoration studio. First and foremost, all those interested should gather information about
a restorer‘s everyday work beforehand. Also, they should carefully consider which area of specialisation to choose. A higher
school-leaving certificate is not a legal requirement, but Matura certificate (or equivalent) has proven to be a good foundation
for our study programme.
Sufficient German language skills (both spoken and written) are a necessity from the
start as most courses are held in German. Also, basic knowledge of English is a prerequisite, as some courses are held in
English. We would like to point out that due to the extent of compulsory practical work during the first semesters of the
programme there will be hardly any opportunity for part-time work or the pursuit of a second study.
The head and assistants
of the Institute would be happy to answer any questions in a face to face meeting regarding the study programme and the entrance
exam. We recommend making an appointment at least six months prior to the entrance exam for a critical discussion of the portfolio
and to deal with questions regarding the studies. Admission to the diploma degree programme is based on
a two-tier process (submitting portfolio, exam):a) REGISTRATION & PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION
Prerequisite for admission to the entrance exam is the positive assessment of the application portfolio. The portfolio should
be of generous proportions (sheet size A3 to A2) and contain approx. 20 current works. The Institute asks for precise freehand
drawings and studies of nature in pencil (e.g. life drawing, still life, landscape, etc., preferably a series). Aim for an
image of the chosen item that is as close to nature and as accurate in every detail as possible. The second part of the portfolio
can/should contain works in colour (e.g. watercolours, pastels) and may be more freely designed.
on how to prepare (PDF)b) EXAMINATION
of a portfolio with recent works (approx. 20 pieces, required are mainly studies of nature in pencil / red chalk / charcoal
- completed 17th year of age
- educational certificate (e.g. Matura certificate, BHS vocational
higher school leaving certificate, certificate of apprenticeship, and similar)
- artistic aptitude and crafting skills
knowledge in art history
- basic knowledge in natural sciences (chemistry, physics)
- computer knowledge (Microsoft
Office programmes: Word, Power Point, Excel (basic knowledge), Adobe Photoshop)
Within the framework of the entrance
exam, applicants‘ artistic-creative skills are tested, plus their manual skills such as moulding, object construction, drawing,
and colour mixing. Also, their basic knowledge in art history and chemistry (at secondary school level) is tested.
addition, written papers are to be produced, such as an art-historical description of a painting, and a personal interview
takes place to cover information regarding the occupational profile and the applicant‘s motivation to train and work in the
area of conservation-restoration.