The master's program in conservation and restoration, which builds on the bachelor's program, offers three fields of study that are distinguished by 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 the preservation of historical monuments, but also includes the museum field.
Deepening of a specialization
The master's degree program in conservation and restoration builds on the practically and theoretically oriented bachelor's degree program of the same name. The predominantly application-oriented course of study serves to deepen and upgrade qualifications for 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 specialize in one or more of the "classical" fields or to develop new fields of activity. In this way, you will be qualified for managerial positions.
From the very beginning, you will choose one of the three specializations 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 in Conservation and Restoration allows you to further deepen your knowledge in one of the three specializations as well as to broaden your education across materials.
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?
If you have a theoretical and practical command of the basics of conservation and restoration of objects in a specialized field, this degree program is the ideal way to deepen your knowledge. In the Master Conservation and Restoration you will learn and acquire the following competencies:
- Drawing up complex conservation and restoration concepts, incorporating scientific methods
- Planning, management and organization of conservation and restoration facilities and projects
- Independent scientific work in art technology, conservation and restoration research
- Consulting, 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
Anne and Silja explain everything you need to know about the conservation and restoration degree 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.
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
Graduation with the Master of Arts degree entitles you to enter a doctoral program.
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 degree program Conservation and Restoration is three semesters and concludes with a Master of Arts degree. For a detailed overview, please refer to the study plan.
1st – 2nd semester
Compulsory subjects, elective subjects, flex module
|3rd semester||Master colloquium, master thesis|
The program is composed of subjects in conservation and restoration sciences, 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 defense 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, students are given the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and skills in a practice-oriented or research-oriented manner.
- Project work
- practical course in natural sciences
- Special topics in art history
- Master projects in conservation and research
- Master seminar
- Historical source writings
- Monument plege
- Building history of the 20th century
- Management competence
- Foreign language
- Fire protection in existing buildings
- Development of building construction
- Clay in the historical building fabric
- Durability of building materials
- Influence of building physics on construction
- special scientific analysis
- special topics of art history
- building diagnostics
- Wood biology and integrated wood protection
- Assessment and repair of brick masonry
- 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.
The program includes the 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
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.
Application & Enrollment
Application & Enrollment
There is no separate application procedure for the MA Conservation and Restoration. Enrollment is always possible from 01.02. to 15.03. for the next summer semester.
If you meet the admission requirements, you can submit an enrollment application. Please note the following information specific to your program of study:
For enrollment in the admission-free Master's program in Conservation and Restoration, you need a first university degree qualifying you for a profession with a total of 210 ECTS or with a total of at least 180 ECTS in the fields of conservation and restoration or a university degree on the basis of which you are prepared in a comparable manner for the Master's program in Conservation and Restoration.
Documents to be submitted
- officially certified copy of the university entrance qualification or the university degree certificate
- Health insurance certificate of 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 fee and, if applicable, other fees
- If applicable, certificate of exmatriculation from the last university attended
- If applicable, further documents according to the enrollment application or enrollment notification Photo for the issuance of the Campus.Card
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 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 program has not yet been completed.
For the submission of the documents, the day of the enrollment deadline (receipt of mail at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam) applies. Further information can be found in the matriculation section.
After admission and matriculation, the examination board of the Conservation and Restoration program decides on the type and scope of additional study and examination credits to be taken in the case of a degree with less than 210 ECTS.
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.
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Student Counselling Service
Dates of study counseling
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