Education and Training:
To become a conservator you usually have to complete a degree in heritage, museums and conservation at university. Alternatively, you can complete a science, arts or fine art degree with a major that is relevant to cultural materials conservation, followed by a Master of Cultural Materials Conservation at the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation.
To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your WACE at Stages 2 and 3. Most universities in Australia offer relevant degrees. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact Open Universities Australia or the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.
Before enrolling in an undergraduate degree, you should consult the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation for information about degrees and majors that will allow you to enter their postgraduate programme.
Graduates may be eligible for professional membership of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material.
While the following courses are related to this occupation, they may not necessarily lead directly to employment, nor provide the most direct pathway to the occupation. Courses which provide preliminary or informal training, as well as those which provide additional job skills following initial qualifications may also be listed.
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- Bachelor of Science *
- Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
- Graduate Certificate in Heritage Studies
- Graduate Diploma of Architectural Conservation
- Master of Heritage Studies
Most conservators are employed in cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, art galleries, archives, historic houses, art centres and cultural, heritage and digital industries. An increasing number of conservators are taking up positions in the private sector. Competition may be strong for the limited number of positions available.
For Further Information:
The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material Inc. (AICCM)
The Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation
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