Degree programme objectives

The main goal of the study program is to educate academically prepared experts-chemists who will be able to assist in all aspects of the care for objects of the cultural heritage and as well as to their preservation. Museums, galleries, archives, and other institutions, having care for collecting and protecting of monuments, need plenty of experts, including specialists just in the field of technologies and materials used for conservation-restoration. A view on protection dealing with care for historical monuments and objects is in scope of permanent development and discussions. The preservation of the mentioned objects is not only the matter of conservators-restorers, occuring only in workshops and depositaries, but it is the matter of wide circle of many co-workers. The key for choosing of an optimal conservation-restoration treatment of the object is the collecting the maximally detailed information about the character and the state of an object. Thus we are arriving to the field where natural sciences and their methods are ruling. It is obvious, that necessity of an interdisciplinary cooperation between humanistic and natural sciences on the one hand and handicraft, arts and crafts on the other hand leads to the best results.

It is very important to prepare qualified workers for this activity, i.e. to deepen their specialized education, and to orientate their education interdisciplinary. Therefore, the study program of the mentioned field is focused on the common preparation of graduates, having basic education in chemical disciplines above all, and also in other natural sciences at the same time. This education gives students not only theoretical knowledge but also practical skill in fundamental methods and approaches for conservation-restoration of objects made from various materials: inorganic (metals, stone, glass, ceramics) and organic ones (textile, leather, paper, wood). The self-evident demand is the knowledge of the professional ethics and orientation in the field of humane disciplines (history of arts, museology).

Study plans

Admission Procedures
Admission to Bachelor's and long-cycle Master's degree programmes in 2024/2025
Submission deadline until midnight 29/2/2024

Studies

  • Objectives

    The main goal of the study program is to educate academically prepared experts-chemists who will be able to assist in all aspects of the care for objects of the cultural heritage and as well as to their preservation. Museums, galleries, archives, and other institutions, having care for collecting and protecting of monuments, need plenty of experts, including specialists just in the field of technologies and materials used for conservation-restoration. A view on protection dealing with care for historical monuments and objects is in scope of permanent development and discussions. The preservation of the mentioned objects is not only the matter of conservators-restorers, occuring only in workshops and depositaries, but it is the matter of wide circle of many co-workers. The key for choosing of an optimal conservation-restoration treatment of the object is the collecting the maximally detailed information about the character and the state of an object. Thus we are arriving to the field where natural sciences and their methods are ruling. It is obvious, that necessity of an interdisciplinary cooperation between humanistic and natural sciences on the one hand and handicraft, arts and crafts on the other hand leads to the best results.

    It is very important to prepare qualified workers for this activity, i.e. to deepen their specialized education, and to orientate their education interdisciplinary. Therefore, the study program of the mentioned field is focused on the common preparation of graduates, having basic education in chemical disciplines above all, and also in other natural sciences at the same time. This education gives students not only theoretical knowledge but also practical skill in fundamental methods and approaches for conservation-restoration of objects made from various materials: inorganic (metals, stone, glass, ceramics) and organic ones (textile, leather, paper, wood). The self-evident demand is the knowledge of the professional ethics and orientation in the field of humane disciplines (history of arts, museology).

  • Learning Outcomes

    After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

    • evaluate character and state of the artifact or monument and to recommend suitable methods of material and technological exploration
    • contribute to elucidation of the cause of the demage and degradation of the object or monument and suggest the solution or stepsr reducing their deterioration
    • recommend a suitable conservation-restoration treatment to suggest its optimalization and choose the most suitable means, technologies and procedures or techniques
    • realize basic conservational treatment of an object and prepare corresponding scientific documentation, including photo documentation
    • recommend suitable conditions for the object deposition and specify a regime for further treatment
    • contribute to the treatment of objects made from combined materials, based on knowledge about properties of used inorganic and organic materials
  • Occupational Profiles of Graduates

    The graduates from the study program can use their theoretical and practical knowledge as workers of any institution engaged in the care for objects of the cultural heritage and their preservation. We mean employees of museums, galleries, monument trust, etc. The graduates find their employment not only in the daily working of the mentioned institutions, i.e. as workes of conservation-restoration workplaces, depositories, but they can even become a members of scientific-research centers and methodogical workplaces. It is supposed that research and development of new technologies, materials and the other means will become a part of their work. The graduates will also be able to manipulate modern devices for analyses and corresponding techniques. Education in natural sciences and knowledge of various materials, used for making objects, their nature and ways of their deterioration, open wide possibilities for the graduates not only in the field of care of natural heritage.

    A bachelor graduate has a possibility to continue studies in the following master study program.

  • Practical Training

    The compulsory part of the study program is the participation in a study excursion (1-3 day, according to the offer) and passing a professional practice in a chosen institution engaging in the care for cultural heritage (museum, gallery, depository, restorational workplace, etc.), lasting min. 14 days. Professional excursions are organized every year. Compulsory practice is recommended to realize in the last term of the study, but there are possibilities to do it sooner.

  • Goals of Theses

    The typical extent of the final bachelor thesis is approximately 50 and more standardized pages including all formal requirements (front page, content, literature survey, appendixes, etc.). In the course of processing the final work, the students should demonstrate their ability to work with literature sources, to have ability of analysing gained literature information, and to use this knowledge in their practical (experimental) work.

    In practical part of the thesis, own student scientific-research work on assigned task under supervising of a teacher is required. The content of this practical part can be devoted to a basic research topic (material analyses, etc.), or to direct conservation-restoration (own intervention of an object), or to a topic dealing with preventive conservation.

    Other requirements of the thesis should follow common rules for final works , approved by Faculty of Science, Masaryk university.

  • Access to Further Studies

    The graduate can continue further studies, after succsessful finishing the bachelor study program, in ongoing master study in the program Chemistry and technology of materials for conservation-restoration. Final examination of bachelor study is the key parameter of the entrance procedure for the ongoing master study. In the case of other student interest, it is possible to continue the studies in master study (after meeting entrance conditions) in other specializations.

Basic information

Abbreviation
B-CKR
Type
Bachelor's degree programme
Profile
academic
Degree
Bc.
Length of studies
3 years
Language of instruction
Czech Czech

25
estimated number of admitted
16
number of active students
6
number of theses/dissertations

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