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Bachelor degree in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Restoration

Basic information
Name of programme (original language)
Grado en Conservación y Restauración de Bienes Culturales
Cultural Heritage Area
Safeguarding and preservation
Dissemination and Communication
Programme description

The Degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Properties offers you the theoretical and practical tools necessary to diagnose and analyze the alterations of cultural properties, and also to decide and execute conservation and restoration treatments that are needed. You will learn to use the new technologies applied to conservation and restoration work, design preventive conservation plans and train for the management, study and dissemination of historical-artistic heritage. You will also have the option to access voluntary internships in museums, galleries and institutions in the environment, and participate in numerous seminars, conferences, exhibitions and competitions.

Our cultural heritage is something unique and unrepeatable, and therefore has a value that is difficult to calculate. Numerous paintings, sculptures, textiles and archaeological pieces in museums, archives or collections need to be preserved and restored so that the whole society can continue to enjoy them as elements of transmission of knowledge that they are. It is therefore indispensable to train university professionals in this field. T

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

The Faculty of Fine Arts has a network of entities, institutions and artistic and creative agents that colaborate with research and interships for training practices : Artium Museum, Guggenheim Bilbao, Tabakalera, CC. Montehermoso, Azkuna Center, Kutxabank, EITB, Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao, companies... In addition, the Faculty actively participates in programs of aid to labor insertion and the implementation of practices such as Santander Scholarships, First Choice, local and international internship programs.


Does the E&T programme lead to a formal qualification?
Name of the qualification (English)
Degree in Conservation and Restoration of CH
Name of the qualification (Original language)
Graduado en Conservación y Restauración de Bienes Culturales
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

4 years of 60 ECTS.

Each school year has 600 presencial hours and 900 non-presencial hours of autonomous work

Study format
Are there access requirements?
Access requirements Description

Access note

Teaching language
Teaching language (other)
Programme learning outcomes

These are the main competencies for which this degree will train you:

Apply the practical aspects of the discipline, to new professional options such as management, study and dissemination of the historical-artistic heritage and carry out educational work on issues related to cultural heritage and goods, their conservation and restoration, promoting critical reasoning and ethical commitment.

Understand and apply international and national conservation and restoration policies, as well as applicable laws and regulations in professional practice. Critical understanding of the Theory and History of Art, considering artistic events, their social context and their iconography. Know and use art processes, procedures and materials in the areas of Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Photography, Audiovisuals and technological devices.

Develop abilities and skills related to participation, management and optimization of teamwork, applying reasoned criteria to decision making and evaluation of results.

Determine the intervention criteria and decide the most appropriate conservation or restoration treatment in each case. Applying the appropriate methodology, treatments and materials.

Document the Cultural Asset, starting from the domain of documentary and/or historiographical sources and knowledge of the conservation and restoration processes. Using for this the necessary methodology, terminology, materials and tools.

Develop conservation-restoration projects in which an interdisciplinary dialogue is established with other professionals related to cultural heritage. Identify the artistic fact as a consequence of the creative process linked to observation, representation of ideas and artistic moments, through different techniques in the areas of Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Photography, Audiovisuals and Technological Devices.

Identify the material composition of the cultural asset, and the procedures and techniques used in its preparation. Choosing for this, the appropriate instruments and examination methods that allow the use of scientific methodology in solving conservation and restoration problems.

Recognize and identify alterations to the Cultural Property and its causes of deterioration in order to assess its state of conservation and determine the type of treatment required. Establishing the appropriate conditions for the preventive conservation of Cultural Assets during their exhibition, storage, transportation and deposit.

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

PhD Doctors

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 degreer 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.


Tuition cost

4.400 euros aprox. ( Public Price per credit in 1st registration €18.29=

Are grants available?
Description of available grants

Scholarships and study aid from the Basque Government for the 2022-2023 academic year


Collaboration scholarships: they are intended to make it easier for university students who wish to collaborate with university research groups, centers and institutes, in accordance with their studies, thus initiating research tasks directly linked to the studies they are studying. (Call of the Department of Education, Universities and Research of the Basque Government // Call of the Ministry of Education Ministry of Education and Vocational Training)

Reimbursable aid for UPV/EHU students with difficulties in paying tuition for the academic year