Access requirements Description
Applicants must have completed secondary school. The following skills and competencies are the subject of the admission test: observation skills (nature studies/drawing), artistic sensitivity and artistic-manual skills, basic knowledge in natural sciences basic knowledge and understanding of art history, communication skills (oral and written)
Programme learning outcomes
The study program Conservation and Restoration is devoted to the conservation of works of art and of cultural artifacts which merit regard as irreplaceable documents owing to their respective historical, artistic and cultural value, and whose conservation is therefore of public interest. In a wider context, the conservation of our cultural heritage is defined as a part of Human Rights. (See: Our Creative Diversity. Report of the UNESCO World Commission on Culture and Development. 1996) The fundamental role of the conservator-restorer is the preservation of cultural heritage for the benefit of present and future generations. The conservator-restorer contributes to the perception, appreciation and understanding of cultural heritage in respect of its environmental context and its significance and physical properties. The education offered by the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, is considered to be comprehensive with respect to the general basics and the intellectual superstructure of the discipline, while also providing specialist training in the given framework of the study focuses offered: Conservation - Restoration of Paintings / Sculptures Conservation - Restoration of Objects - Focus on Wood//historic musical instruments Conservation - Restoration of Paper / Photographs / Books / Archive Material Conservation - Restoration of Mural Paintings / Architectural Surfaces Conservation - Restoration of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Mandatory practical training description
In the course of the programme, a total of 400 hours of practical work is mandatory during the periods of vacation. The practice must take place in conservation-restoration workshops of museums, of the Federal Monuments Authority or in private institutions, whose working methods correspond to the goals and rules of conservation-restoration as described in the curriculum.
Required qualification of teachers/trainers in the core subjects
Teachers in the core subjects have to be university professors according to § 97 of the University Act of 2002.
Description of quality assurance obligations of the programme / institution
Description of available grants
National needs-based study grants and some internal grants for specific projects.