The master's programme in conservation and restoration, which builds on the Bachelor's programme, offers three fields of study that differ in terms of material and technological specifics: wood, stone and mural painting. The programmatic focus of the course is on training for conservation and restoration in the field of architectural monument preservation, but also includes the museum sector.
Conservation and Restoration (MA)
Deepening of a specialisation
The master's programme in conservation and restoration builds on the practically and theoretically oriented bachelor's programme of the same name. The predominantly application-oriented study programme serves to deepen and upgrade qualifications for an independent and competent performance of all tasks in the profession. During your studies, you will have the opportunity to deepen your skills and competences in order to specialise in one or more of the "classical" subject areas or to develop new fields of activity. In this way, you will be qualified for managerial positions.
Right from the start, you decide on one of the three specialisations offered: wood, stone or mural painting. The training is interdisciplinary. In addition to a master's seminar, this becomes clear in the broad range of elective subjects on building conservation and building analysis. The master's degree in conservation and restoration enables you to further deepen your knowledge in a specialisation area as well as to expand your education across materials.
In the master's programme you will learn and acquire the following competences:
- Drawing up complex conservation and restoration concepts using scientific methods
- Planning, management and organisation of conservation and restoration facilities and projects
- Independent scientific work in art technology, conservation and restoration research
- Consultancy, assessment and public relations work in the field of conservation, restoration and prevention
- Interdisciplinary and international cooperation skills
- Profiling in one or more special fields or interdisciplinary areas
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?
If you have a theoretical and practical command of the basics of conservation and restoration of objects in a specialised field, the degree programme is the ideal way to deepen your knowledge.
You bring these qualities with you
- Creativity in the search for solutions to complex problems in conservation and restoration
- Interest in historical and modern techniques
- interest in topics related to the preservation of historical monuments and in interdisciplinary cooperation
- A strong interest in the professional preservation and maintenance of our cultural heritage advanced knowledge of foreign languages
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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 master's degree programme in conservation and restoration? Take advantage of the counselling appointments of our subject counsellors:
- Counselling appointments for the field of study wood
- Counselling appointments for stone studies
- Counselling appointments for wall painting
Registration for a general counselling appointment for the degree programme: email@example.com or +49 331 580-4202
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Possible areas of application
- Institutions such as museums, heritage offices, universities
- Restoration companies
- Freelance work, collaboration in conservator associations
- Self-employment: founding a workshop
The master of arts degree entitles the holder to take up doctoral studies.
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 programme conservation and restoration (M. A.) is three semesters and concludes with a master of arts degree. You will find a detailed overview in the study plan.
Semester 1 – 2
Compulsory subjects, elective subjects, flex module
|Semester 3||Master's colloquium, Master's thesis|
The programme consists of subjects in conservation and restoration sciences, the humanities and natural sciences, as well as a wide range of special topics. The compulsory and elective modules are completed in the first two semesters of study, followed by the master's thesis and defence in the third semester.
The high weighting of the theoretical study content is counterbalanced by a correspondingly large proportion of restoration practice. Beyond the basics, the aim here is to give students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and skills in a practice-oriented or research-oriented manner.
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 schedule as well as the statutes for the implementation of the selection procedure for the degree programme Conservation and Restoration.
- Project work
- Practical course in natural sciences
- Special topics in art history
- Master projects in conservation and research
- Master's seminar
- Historical source writings
- Monument management
- Building history of the 20th century
- Management competence
- Foreign language
- Fire protection in existing buildings
- Development of building construction
- Clay in historical buildings
- Durability of building materials
- Influence of building physics on construction
- Special scientific analysis
- Special topics in art history
- Building diagnostics
- Wood biology and integrated wood preservation
- Assessment and repair of brickwork
- Introduction to archival science
- Cultural-historical evaluation of architectural monuments
Natural Sciences & Design
The field 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
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.
Transfer, innovative methods and research-based learning in practical projects for the preservation of the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan
Acquisition – model conservation and restoration on selected examples – digital knowledge transfer
Modern thermoanalytical methods are used to analyse and research both historical and modern building materials, plastics and building material recycling. In addition, the measuring system is suitable for the targeted development of new modern materials.
Application & Contact
At a glance
The most important deadlines, dates and admission requirements for the master's 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
- by 20 March: submit enrolment application
- First professional university degree (210 ECTS credits, at least 180 ECTS credits) in conservation and restoration or university degree that prepares you in a comparable way for the master's programme.
This is how you apply!
Do you meet the admission requirements? Then you have the opportunity to submit an enrolment application for the summer semester from 15 January to 20 March on the MyCampus university portal of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.
Once you have submitted your online application for enrolment, submit the completed application, printed and signed, together with all required documents in paper form. The date of receipt at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam is decisive.
Documents to be submitted
- University degree certificate(s) or current transcript of records with the ECTS credit points earned to date and the grade earned to date, if the degree programme has not yet been completed.
- Proof of health insurance from the statutory health insurance for students or proof of exemption from the statutory insurance obligation via the electronic student registration procedure
- Payment slip/confirmation of payment of the semester contribution and, if applicable, other fees
- Certificate of exmatriculation from the last university attended, if applicable
- Photo for the issue of the Campus.Card
Please refer to the enrolment application form to find out whether you need to submit any additional documents.
Additional coursework and examinations to be taken
After enrolment, the examination board of the conservation and restoration programme decides on the type and scope of additional coursework and examinations to be taken for a degree with less than 210 ECTS credits.
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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 content, credit transfer, examinations or study focus in the Master's programme in Conservation and Restoration, the subject counselling service is the right place to go.