The programmatic focus of the conservation and restoration degree programme is on the field of building monument conservation, but also includes the museum sector. The direct contact with the university's construction professions of architecture and civil engineering, 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. Before taking up your studies, you can choose one of the specialisations wood, stone or mural painting, for which you then apply.
Conservation and Restoration (BA)
In the first semesters, the most important basics 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 understood. This is expanded 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 at home and abroad offers you the opportunity to examine acquired knowledge in a practical and critical way. Specialisation areas in theory and practice are deepened in the higher semesters, accompanied by scientific research methodology and in-depth topics in monument conservation, art and restoration history. A number of courses, such as monument preservation, building history, business start-up or management skills, take place on an interdisciplinary basis with students from the architecture and urban design degree programme. Interdisciplinary perspectives and the ability to work together in later practice are to be promoted in this way.
Fields of study
In the field of study "wood", small objects, furniture and other pieces of equipment made of wood, whose surfaces can be refined with marquetry, stains, coatings and decorative paintings, are generally examined and processed. The master's programme focuses on building-related room elements, such as wood panelling on walls and ceilings, wooden floors, windows, doors, stairs, chairs and wooden constructions on historical buildings.
The focus of the "stone" field of study is the classical field of natural stone in the sense of sculpture and building. Other focal points are the regionally significant materials brick and terracotta, but also "artificial stone" such as reinforced concrete sculptures as well as the coloured 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 colour schemes in interior and exterior areas. The subjects of mosaics and stucco complement the subject matter.
Is this degree programme right for me?
In the conservation and restoration degree programme, special emphasis is placed on specialist practice with object and research work in addition to the specialist theoretical teaching. The degree programme 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.
You bring these qualities with you
- Desire to contribute to the preservation of our cultural heritage
- Interest in interdisciplinary cooperation
- Communication skills
- Creativity in the search for unconventional solutions
- Understanding of culture
Podcast of the Campus Specialists
As campus specialists, Anne and Silja share insider knowledge about the conservation and restoration degree programme. In addition to tips on aptitude tests or the study process, they provide insights into student life at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.
The colleagues at the student counselling service provide information to prospective students, first-year students, parents, teachers and students on all general questions about studying. Do you have questions about the wood, stone and mural painting courses of the bachelor's degree programme in conservation and restoration? Take advantage of the counselling appointments of our subject advisors:
- Advising appointments for wood studies
- Advising appointments for stone studies
- Advising appointments for wall painting studies
Registration for a general counselling appointment for the degree programme: email@example.com or +49 331 580-4202
Please be sure to include your own telephone number so that you can be notified in the event of a rescheduled appointment.
The competences of a conservator include extensive specialist knowledge and practical experience, a strong sense of responsibility, critical judgement 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, heritage offices, 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 conservators is the preservation and care of art and cultural assets. In order to be able 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 technical skills and a trained artistic sensitivity when dealing with art objects. 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 related sciences. Training is therefore an ongoing process that continues in professional life and necessitates targeted further training." Association of Conservators
Insights into the world of work
What comes after graduation? Graduates from the conservation and restoration degree programme give insights into their working world.
Course of studies
The standard period of study for the full-time degree programme in conservation and restoration is seven semesters and concludes with a bachelor of arts degree. You will find a detailed overview in the study plan.
|Semester 1||Compulsory subjects, Flex module|
|Semester 2 – 3||Compulsory subjects, compulsory electives, flex module|
|Semester 4||Practical course|
|Semester 5 – 6||Compulsory subjects, compulsory electives, flex module, excursion|
|Semester 7||Compulsory subjects, compulsory elective subjects, Flex module, Bachelor's thesis|
In the currently valid module handbooks, study and examination regulations and statutes of the degree programme, you will find the module overview, a detailed description of the modules and study contents, the study plan and the statutes for determining the degree programme-related aptitude for the degree programme conservation and restoration.
- Project work
- Scientific basics
- Natural sciences in conservation and restoration
- Scientific research methods
- 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 specialisation
- Special topics art history
- Foreign languages
- Professional topics, basics of business studies
- Independent writing of a bachelor's thesis
Natural Sciences & Design
The subject of natural sciences in conservation 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 in Potsdam and the Rathgen Research Laboratory in Berlin.
In the first semesters, the programme includes design courses in drawing, painting and sculpture. These seminars "Fundamentals of Design I and II" are exercises for acquiring aesthetic and conceptual knowledge, which should lead to visual and haptic sensitisation, formal understanding, craftsmanship and an understanding of design processes. In these exercises, students develop template narratives that flow into the arts and crafts task areas such as stucco marble design, historical imitation wood painting and fresco wall design.
Contact: Ioannis Savvidis
After the handover of two strapped wall paintings of wrestlers from the "Haus der Nationen" in the Olympic Village, these murals depicting wrestling athletes in typical wrestling poses were to be transferred to a new support and restored.
The straw marketer's picture shows a view of the town of Schillingsfürst on the Franconian Heights in the 19th century. The special technique involves assembling coloured pieces of straw into a scenic representation.
The reinforced and multi-framed concrete sculpture by the sculptor Dietrich Rohde comes from Brandenburg an der Havel. The figure shows numerous damages, the cause of which lies in the numerous materials, the production technology, the installation, among other things.
The object to be restored is a chest of drawers whose exact origin is unknown. It was probably produced in northern Germany. Stylistically, the furniture can be assigned to the Biedermeier period.
On the pages of the CITY | BUILDING | CULTURE department you will find further useful information and documents on the degree programme, for example on the organisation of studies, the course catalogue and examination matters. In addition, current projects from the fields of study are presented there.
Application & Contact
At a glance
The most important deadlines, dates and admission requirements for the bachelor's degree programme in conservation and restoration are compiled here. You can find out which steps you need to take for a successful application in the next section.
Deadlines & Dates
- until 18 January: registration for the qualifying examination
- 25 – 26 January: aptitude test
- by 15 July: submit online application
- by 15 July: apply for a higher semester in order to continue a degree programme you have already started at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
- General university entrance qualification according to the Brandenburg university act: General university entrance qualification or entrance qualification for studies at universities of applied sciences or previous vocational training recognised as equivalent.
- Passed aptitude test
This is how you apply!
In the following, we explain which aspects you should pay attention to from the registration for the qualifying examination to the matriculation (enrolment).
Online registration for the qualifying examination
- Registration for the artistic aptitude test is possible until 18 January.
- When registering for the aptitude test, please complete and send the applicant form as a PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the registration deadline of 18 January, you will receive an invitation to the qualifying examination with further information on the examination procedure and an assignment for a term paper, which must be submitted before the qualifying examination.
Insights & Tips
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. They will also give you insights into the workshops.
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 first-year students.
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.
The application for the winter semester takes place after successfully passing the aptitude test from 15 May to 15 July online in the MyCampus university portal of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.
Documents to be submitted
When applying online, the following documents must be submitted as PDF files in the application portal:
- Notice of the passed aptitude test
- If applicable, university entrance qualification
- Proof of professional or other previous experience relevant to the field of study, if applicable
- If applicable, university degree certificate and justification for taking up a second degree programme
- Proof of service, if applicable
- Proof(s) of hardship application(s) or application for compensation for disadvantages, if applicable
After you have completed your online application in the MyCampus university portal, you will receive a personal checklist with the following information:
- List of all supporting documents that you have uploaded as PDF files according to the information you provided in your online application.
- Notes on the further course of the procedure
Applicants who fulfil the admission requirements take part in the procedure for awarding places.
In the allocation procedure for the first semester, the following are deducted in advance from the number of places to be allocated:
- All applicants who were unable to accept an earlier admission due to service, as well as all applicants who are members of the national squad of a national sports association 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 result 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 allocation procedure is carried out. Applicants with a correspondingly high ranking receive a time-limited offer of admission in the MyCampus university portal, which they must actively accept. After accepting 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 place will be reallocated.
You have accepted the offer of admission and received your letter of admission? Then you have the option of submitting an enrolment application for the winter semester in the MyCampus university portal of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.
Once you have submitted your online application for enrolment, please submit the printed and signed application together with all required documents in paper form by the deadline. The day of the enrolment deadline is decisive for the submission of the documents, whereby the date of receipt by post at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam is decisive.
Documents to be submitted
- University entrance qualification
- If applicable, further documents according to the enrolment application form.
Do you have questions about the enrolment process at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam? We have compiled frequently asked questions and answers regarding enrolment and admission.
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 materials, working processes and conditions.
The university does not require a one-year restoration internship, which should be predominantly oriented towards the intended field of study, but it is highly recommended as preparation for the degree programme.
The internship can be completed in a public restoration institution or a private restoration company. Applications to restoration workshops of museums and heritage offices are often promising. Information on 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 Restorers' Network.
The following links provide you, and especially international applicants, with further information on the topics of application and enrolment at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.
You would like to apply for studies from the first or a higher semester and have acquired your school-leaving qualification and/or university degree abroad? Then you can have degrees and achievements acquired abroad recognised and study with us.
Application & Enrolment Procedure
The application and study service provides information and advice on general questions regarding the application process, admission and enrolment at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, application for a higher semester, but also on topics such as compensation for disadvantages, part-time studies, waiting semesters and hardship applications.
Contact & Services
The student counselling service provides information and advice on general questions about studying as well as on topics such as choosing a degree programme, application, enrolment and study organisation.
For subject-specific questions on module contents, credit transfer, examinations or specialisations in the conservation and restoration degree programme, the subject counselling service is the right place to go.