Conservator (WA)

State/Territory Specific Information

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. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. Most universities in Australia offer relevant degrees. 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.

Additional Information:

Graduates may be eligible for professional membership of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material.

Related Courses:

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.

*Course is offered by more than one institution. Click link for details.

  1. Bachelor of Science *
  2. Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Employment Opportunities:

Most conservators are employed in cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, art galleries, archives and historic houses. 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:

Art Gallery of Western Australia

(08) 9492 6600
www.artgallery.wa.gov.au

The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material Inc. (AICCM)

www.aiccm.org.au

The Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation

(03) 8344 7989
http://cultural-conservation.unimelb.edu.au

Western Australian Museum

1800 023 333
http://museum.wa.gov.au

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