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Master: Conservation and Exhibition of Contemporary Art (CYXAC)

Basic information
Name of programme (original language)
Máster en Conservación y Exhibición de Arte Contemporáneo (CYXAC)
Cultural Heritage Area
Safeguarding and preservation
Planning and Management
Programme description

The Master CYXAC is designed essentially to train and train researchers both in the material aspects of conservation, as well as in documentary history, for analysis, criticism and research in the face of the complexity and specificity of contemporary art. In this way, a training program of a multidisciplinary character is transferred to the students where, on the one hand, the importance of the contextualization of the work of art as a basis for historical and documentary inquiry and research is made clear, and on the other hand, it focuses in the study of the different components of works of art and the agents and causes of their deterioration. This master's degree is the access to the PhD Program in Research in Contemporary Art of the UPV/EHU.

CONTEXT: In the last years, the tasks of cultural and artistic diffusion have been multiplied in different contexts both local, national and international. This is demonstrated by the interest in different aspects related to safeguarding, conservation and exhibition, which is shown by a long list of museums and institutions that manage contemporary art. The Guggenheim Museum and the Fundación Bilbao Arte in Bilbao, the Fundación Artium in Vitoria, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid or MUSAC in León are just some examples.

Is the programme a joint degree programme?
Double degree
Joint delivery
Cooperation with other institutions

The CYXAC master's degree facilitates the processing of voluntary internships in different galleries, museums and institutions that provide complementary training to enrolled students. These internships are carried out in the centers themselves, with different hours and duration agreed between the university and the receiving entity, adapting to the availability of each center and the student body.

There are currently agreements with museums and art centers to carry out internships in their different departments (archives, collections, registry, exhibitions, conservation-restoration) as well as to colaborate with masterclasses and research such as the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Artium Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Fundación Bilboarte, Laboral Kutxa, Tabakalera, Gordailua, Oteiza Museum, Balenciaga Museum, Azkuna Zentroa Bilbao, Itsasmuseoa, Consonni Cultural Association, Vanguardia Gallery (Bilbao), Brancas Escartín, My name is Lolita Gallery and Una+Una in (Madrid), among others .

Does the E&T programme lead to a formal qualification?
Education category (HE/VET/HE-VET)
Higher Education (HE)
Education format
Programme Type
Initial E&T
Academic degree
One time event or regular basis
Programme takes place on a regular basis
Last time it the programme took place (start date)
Number of annual graduates of the programme
Statistics / Formal status
Core function
Preservation and Safeguarding
Supplementary functions
Does the programme lead to a regulated profession?
Characterization of the E&T programme
Credit system
ECTS credits
Student work load (hours)
Contact hours
Contact hours comments

48 ECTS- 24 ECTS (mandatory subjects) + 24 ECTS (optative subjects)

(each ECTS is divided in 10 presencial hours and 15 non-presencial hours)

12 ETCS. Master's thesis

Given the nature of the Master, the teaching methodology used will be largely practical, but the explanation of concepts will also be addressed through purely theoretical learning activities. All the professors have accredited professional and teaching experience in their area of ​​knowledge. The teaching methodologies will be:. Exhibitions on conceptual contents. Theoretical exercises presented both individually and in groups. Practices in Archives. Fieldworks. Implementation and application of the techniques and procedures presented in relation to the Conservation-Restoration of Contemporary Art. Internships in the center of the Faculty of Fine Arts and in cultural institutions of great prestige: Artium Museum in Vitoria; Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, and others. This list of methodologies is of a general nature and will be adapted to the profile of each subject. Likewise, the practices will be linked to certain subjects, indicated in the planning. Regarding the Final Master's Project, the corresponding professor-tutor will carry out continuous monitoring of the development of said Project through individualized tutorials.

Study format
Are there access requirements?
Access requirements Description

Access qualifications:  Bachelor's Degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, Bachelor's Degree in Art History /Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree/ Architecture Degree//Bachelor of Humanities...

Access Requirements and merits: Bachelor's degree, or equivalent qualifications: 30% Academic record: 20% PROFESSIONAL RECORD: 15%* MEMORY: 25% Other merits: 10% (100%)


Teaching language
Is there a mandatory (external) practical training?
Mode of delivery of education / training
Required qualification of teachers/trainers in the core subjects

PhD doctors

External professionals from museums and art galleries (conservators from museums, collection managers, curators, ...)

Quality assurance obligations of the programme/institution
Description of quality assurance obligations of the programme / institution

The programme goes through several quality assurance mechanisms. Yearly a monitoring report has to be filled to follow up and Every 4 years the programme goes under a inspection to obtain the acredittation for the next 4 years by The Agency for Quality of the Basque University System.

This master was aproved by the Spanisn National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA) in 2011.

Whenever a new degree proposal (at any level) arises from a Basque University, it is sent to the Spanish Ministry. The Spanish Ministry checks its accordance to the RD 1393/2007 and in case of approval it is sent to the Basque Regional Quality Agency (UNIBASQ) for verification and accreditation according to the stablished quality standards. The degree will then need to go back to the University Council of the Spanish Ministry for verification and finally to the Basque Government´s University Council for approval. The degree will be then officially implemented at the university level.

This master was aproved by the Spanisn National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA) in 2011.


Tuition cost

Orientative Public price: 1.600 €

Are grants available?
Description of available grants

Grant applications for masters courses run by the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

Scholarships from the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MEC)