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Basic information
Name of programme (original language)
Cultural Heritage Area
Safeguarding and preservation
Crafts and traditional knowledge
Programme description

The studies in the Department of Restoration incorporate academic subjects, as well as subject blocks that provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the restoration of easel paintings and monumental paintings. Theoretical restoration disciplines include painting technology and specialty chemistry. Lectures tackle research of the structure of the artwork, damage diagnostics, and materials used in restoration.

Practical lessons cover various restoration processes. While working with a particular art piece, theoretical knowledge is tested and expanded. Practical restoration disciplines also include copying of paintings and graphics, which gives knowledge about the optical structure of the painting's form, the nature of various techniques, and develops the skills necessary to work as a restorer. By performing increasingly complex tasks every year of studies, students become independent restoration specialists. Students learn the basic principles of restoration and learn how to prepare restoration documentation that complies with international practice.

During their studies, students have the opportunity to participate not only in creative work but also in scientific conferences and exhibitions related to their specialty. The teaching staff and students of the Department cooperate with Latvian museums, Latvian Academy of Sciences, Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry, the Faculty of Chemical Technology of Riga Technical University, as well as with European institutes of restoration and art universities.

Is the programme a joint degree programme?
Double degree
Joint delivery
Qualification provider
Does the E&T programme lead to a formal qualification?
Name of the qualification (English)
Bachelor degree in arts
Name of the qualification (Original language)
Bakalaura grāds mākslās
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
Every year
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
R&D and Education
ESCO - Occupation
2621.3 - conservator 2651.2 - art restorer
National Occupational Classification (NOC) in original language
2651 34 - restaurators
Does the programme lead to a regulated profession?
ISCED field
Arts and humanities
Characterization of the E&T programme
Credit system
Study format
Are there access requirements?
Access requirements Description

Admission exams

1. Drawing (2 academic drawings made during last year - plaster head and portrait)

2. Painting (1 painting of still life made during last year - from 3 to 10 objects)

3. Composition (copy of classic portrait painted in 10 hours on site, color test (retouching) carried out in 6 hours on site)

4. Interview (10 minutes)

Teaching language
Mode of delivery of education / training
Quality assurance obligations of the programme/institution
Tuition cost

Free, but from year 2023 there are 3 paid places in restoration programme (5000 EUR/year)

Are grants available?
Description of available grants

Description of available grants


MONTHLY scholarship which is awarded based on student's average grades from the previous semester or admission exam evaluations.
ONE-TIME scholarship which awarded to AAL students, with successfully passed courses, once a semester, in order promote higher study achievements, scientific research, growth and participation in AAL’s public life, as well as to widen the access to higher education.


ERASMUS+ scholarship for studies or practice opportunities abroad, as well as for staff experience exchange and teaching.

KUNO Baltic and Nordic art universities cooperation network scholarship for training courses, internships and studies, as well as staff experience exchange and teaching

CIRRUS Baltic and Nordic cooperation university network scholarship for training courses, practice and studies, as well as staff experience exchange and teaching