The programmatic focus of the Conservation and Restoration program is on the field of architectural monument preservation, but also includes the museum field. The direct contact with the construction professions of architecture and civil engineering at the university, the reference to the surrounding monuments, buildings and works of art as well as museums of the rich cultural landscape of Brandenburg and Berlin form optimal framework conditions for this. In your studies you can choose one of the specializations wood, stone or mural painting.
In the first semesters, the most important fundamentals of the three main study areas of wood, stone and mural painting are taught in an interdisciplinary manner in order to ensure that complex interrelationships in the preservation of historical buildings are grasped. This is extended by the interdisciplinary work of the building professions architecture and civil engineering in the form of topics from the areas of the preservation of historical buildings, building history, building recording, building physics, history of technology and construction. A practical semester in external institutions and workshops in Germany and abroad offers you the opportunity to examine acquired knowledge in a practical and critical way. Specialization areas in theory and practice are deepened in the higher semesters, accompanied by scientific investigation methodology and in-depth topics in historic preservation, art and restoration history. A number of courses, such as historic preservation, building history, business start-up or management skills, take place on an interdisciplinary basis with students from the architecture and urban planning program. Interdisciplinary perspectives and the ability to work together in later practice are thus encouraged.
Fields of study
In the field of study "Wood", small objects, furniture and other pieces of equipment made of wood, whose surfaces may be finished with marquetry, stains, coatings and decorative paintings, are generally examined and processed. The focus in the master's program is on building-related room elements, such as wood paneling on walls and ceilings, wood flooring, windows, doors, stairs, chairs, and wooden structures on historical buildings.
The focus of the "Stone" field of study is the classic area of natural stone in the sense of sculpture and building. Further focal points are the regionally significant materials brick and terracotta, but also "artificial stone" such as reinforced concrete sculptures as well as the colored setting on all these materials.
In addition to the defined areas of wall and ceiling painting on inorganic substrates, the "Mural Painting" field of study includes the identification of historical architectural color schemes for interiors and exteriors. The subjects of mosaic and stucco complement the subject matter.
Is this course of study a good fit for you?
In the conservation and restoration degree program, in addition to the specialized theoretical teaching, special emphasis is placed on specialized practice with object and research work. The degree program focuses on the subjects of conservation and restoration sciences, humanities and natural sciences, as well as artistic design and applied historical or conservation-restoration work techniques.
Anne and Silja explain everything you need to know about the conservation and restoration program. In addition to tips on aptitude tests or the study process, you will get insights into student life at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.
The colleagues of the Student Counselling Service provide information to prospective students, first-year students, parents, teachers and students on all general questions concerning the study program. If you have specific questions or concerns about the conservation and restoration program and the three fields of study - wood, stone and mural painting - please contact the Student Advisory Service. Please note the dates of the advising sessions.
The skills of a conservator include extensive specialist knowledge and practical experience, a strong sense of responsibility, critical judgment and discourse skills (communicative competence, mastery of argumentation strategies). During your studies, you will also work on your ability to cooperate (willingness to compromise, pragmatism) and on your capacity for critical self-reflection as an essential characteristic of scientific work.
Possible areas of application
- Institutions such as museums, offices for the preservation of monuments, universities
- Restoration companies
- Freelance work, collaboration in conservator associations
- Self-employment: founding a workshop
Preservation and care as a central task
"The central task of restorers is the preservation and care of art and cultural assets. In order to meet the requirements of modern restoration, academic training is necessary. Only a university degree enables the conservator to accompany an object from the preliminary examination, analysis and concept development through the actual conservation or restoration to the necessary documentation and further care. Conservators need comprehensive manual skills and, when dealing with art objects, a trained artistic sensitivity. They must acquire detailed knowledge of the historical manifestations of their objects and their materials; in addition to an overview of art history, this also includes a sound knowledge of chemistry and physics as well as knowledge of other neighboring sciences. Training is therefore an ongoing process that continues throughout their professional lives and necessitates targeted continuing education." Association of Restorers
Insights into the working world
What comes after graduation? Graduates from the Conservation and Restoration program provide insights into their working lives.
Course of studies
The standard period of study for the full-time program in Conservation and Restoration is seven semesters and concludes with a Bachelor of Arts degree. For a detailed overview, please refer to the study plan.
|Semester 1||Compulsory subjects, Flex module|
|2nd – 3rd semester||Compulsory subjects, elective subjects, flex module|
|4th semester||Specialized internship|
|5th – 6th semester||Compulsory subjects, elective subjects, flex module, excursion|
|7th semester||Compulsory subjects, elective subjects, flex module, bachelor thesis|
- Project work
- Natural science basics
- Natural sciences in conservation and restoration
- scientific methods of investigation
- history of art and architecture
- art technology and conservation
- projects in conservation and restoration
- Methods and materials in conservation and restoration
- material + reconstruction techniques
- scientific working techniques + documentation
- photographic techniques
- computer-aided documentation techniques
- art technology + conservation
- preservation of historical monuments
- building physics
- scientific specialization
- special topics art history
- foreign languages
- professional topics, basics of business administration
- independent writing of a bachelor thesis
Natural Sciences & Design
The subject of natural sciences in restoration imparts the basic knowledge of natural sciences with regard to conservation and restoration technologies. In addition, it supports and accompanies the subjects from the field of conservation and restoration in the various fields of study. In addition to its own laboratories on the campus of the University of Applied Sciences, further laboratories with high-quality equipment are available for training and research as a result of cooperation with the natural science laboratories of the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation, the Brandenburg State Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments and the Archaeological Museum in Wünsdorf, the Institute for Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University Potsdam, and the Rathgen Research Laboratory in Berlin.
The program includes design courses in drawing, painting and sculpture in the first semesters. These seminars,"Fundamentals of Design I and II," are exercises in acquiring aesthetic and conceptual knowledge that should lead to visual and tactile awareness, formal understanding, craftsmanship, and an understanding of design processes. In these exercises, students develop template narratives that transition smoothly into arts and crafts assignments such as stucco marble design, historic imitation wood painting, and fresco wall design.
Contact: Ioannis Savvidis
Module Manuals & Regulations
A detailed description of the course content, such as study plans and descriptions of individual modules in the Conservation and Restoration course, can be found in the module handbook, the subject-specific study and examination regulations, and the internship regulations.
On the pages of the CITY | BUILDING | CULTURE Department you will find further useful information and documents about the study program bundled, for example about the study organization, the course catalog and examination matters. In addition, current projects from the fields of study are presented there.
Qualifying Examination & Enrollment
Qualifying Examination & Enrollment
For the degree program BA Conservation and Restoration the enrollment is always possible from 25.05. to 15.07. for the next winter semester. Applications for a higher semester are possible until 15.07.
If you meet the admission requirements, you can submit an enrollment application. Please note the following information specific to your degree program:
For enrollment in the admission-restricted bachelor's degree program in Conservation and Restoration, a university entrance qualification is required in accordance with the Brandenburg University Act. This higher education entrance qualification includes the general higher education entrance qualification or the advanced technical college entrance qualification or previous professional training recognized as equivalent.
A further prerequisite is successful participation in the artistic aptitude test of the degree program. This usually takes place at the end of January for the winter semester.
A preliminary internship is not required, but recommended. It is strongly recommended to be clear about the choice of the field of study through previous first experiences with materialities, working processes and conditions.
Registration for the qualifying examination
The registration for the qualifying examination takes place via a link to the deadline registration from December 2022. With the registration for the qualifying examination, you send the completed application form to email@example.com.
After the registration deadline, you will receive an invitation to the qualifying examination with further information on the examination procedure as well as an assignment for a term paper, which must be submitted before the qualifying examination.
The aptitude test takes place on the campus of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. You will be welcomed by the faculty on this day and given your first tasks. During the break, you can exchange ideas with the freshmen. In the afternoon, the design exam will take place. During the exam, you will be asked to talk to the respective teachers in small groups.
After the examination, the individual examination boards will confer and decide on suitability. If your ranking in the assessment test is good, you will be offered a place at university by post, which you can take up in the winter semester. You can then apply during the application period.
Application after successfully passing the qualifying examination
The application takes place online in the MyCampus university portal of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. Only in exceptional cases are additional documents to be submitted in paper form. For this, be sure to read your personal checklist, which is available at the end of the online application in the MyCampus university portal. This lists all the supporting documents that you must submit in paper form based on the information you provided in the online application. In addition, the checklist contains information on the rest of the procedure. To submit supporting documents, please use the supplementary sheet "Application documents to be submitted" on the last or penultimate page of the checklist. For the online application as well as for the submission of documents, the date of the application deadline (receipt of mail at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam) applies.
Applicants who meet the admission requirements take part in the procedure for the allocation of study places.
In the allocation procedure for the first semester, the following are deducted in advance from the number of study places to be allocated:
- all applicants who were not able to accept an earlier admission due to service as well as all applicants who are members of the national squad of a national sports federation of the German Olympic Sports Confederation
- 11 % for applicants with a foreign university entrance qualification
- 3 % for applicants for a second degree
- 3 % for applicants who are to be considered on the basis of hardship.
The remaining study places are allocated 80 % according to the results of a university selection procedure and 20 % according to waiting time.
The study places in the university selection procedure are awarded according to the result of the aptitude test.
Following the aptitude test, the award procedure is carried out. Applicants with a correspondingly high ranking will receive a time-limited offer of admission in the MyCampus university portal, which you must actively accept. Once you have accepted the offer of admission, you will find your notification of admission in the MyCampus university portal. If you do not accept the offer of admission by the deadline, the ranking list will continue to be processed and the study place will be reallocated.
The enrollment application is submitted online in the MyCampus university portal of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and must then be submitted in paper form together with the following documents:
- University Entrance Qualification
If you need to submit additional documents, please refer to the enrollment application. For the submission of the documents, the day of the matriculation deadline (receipt of mail at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam) applies.
General information on application and enrollment procedures
There are various application procedures at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. General information on application and enrollment procedures as well as information on part-time studies, guest auditors and second degree studies can be found on the general application pages.
Useful tips for the proficiency test
Teachers as well as students of the 2nd semester of conservation and restoration will give you useful tips for the qualifying examination at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. In addition, they will give you insights into the workshops.
The one-year restoration internship, preferably predominantly oriented towards the intended field of study, is not a prerequisite on the part of the university, but is warmly recommended and strongly encouraged as preparation for the degree program.
The internship can be completed in a public restoration institution or a private restoration company. Applications to restoration workshops of museums and offices for the preservation of monuments are often promising. Information about internships with freelance restorers is available from the Association of Restorers, among others. The city of Potsdam offers internships at the Lower Monument Protection Authority and you can also search for vacancies via the Romoe restorer network.
You would like to apply for studies from the first or a higher semester and have acquired your school leaving certificate and/or university degree abroad? Then you can have degrees and achievements obtained abroad recognized and study with us.
Student Counselling Service
Dates of the Student Counselling Service for the BA Conservation and Restoration
Do you have questions about the fields of study in the Conservation and Restoration program? Take advantage of the advising appointments offered by our faculty advisors.
Please be sure to include your own phone number so that you can be notified in the event of a rescheduled appointment.
The consultation takes place with Prof. Dr. Angelika Rauch.
Wednesday, 30.03.2022, 10.00-11.00 a.m.
Wednesday, 20.04.2022, 10.00-11.00 a.m.
Wednesday, 11.05.2022, 10.00-11.00 a.m.
Wednesday, 01.06.2022, 10.00-11.00 a.m.
Wednesday, 22.06.2022, 10.00-11.00 a.m. (info day)
Wednesday, 03.07.2022, 10.00-11.00 a.m.
Location: Laboratory and workshop building / room 209
or online (MS Teams, Zoom)
or by phone
The consultation takes place with Prof. Dr. Jeannine Meinhardt.
Thursday, 17.03.2022, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, 24.03.2022, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, 27.04.2022, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, 05.05.2022, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, 12.05.2022, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, 09.06.2022, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, 16.06.2022, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, 23.06.2022, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, 30.06.2022, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, 07.07.2022, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, 14.07.2022, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Laboratory and Workshop Building / Room 243
The consultation takes place at Tjalda Eschebach.
Thursday, 07.04.2022, 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, 05.05.2022, 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, 02.06.2022, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, 22.06.2022, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (Info day)
Thursday, 07.07.2022, 10:00 a.m.
Location: Laboratory and Workshop Building / Room 247-248
or online (MS Teams, Zoom)
or by phone