This course is offered in Dutch and open to all BA students in Humanities. Moreover, it is open to students from other programmes upon request in order to form a transitional programme to prepare for application to the master. The minor is offered in the first semester and includes three modules.
This module examines changing theories and approaches towards conservation and restoration within a historical framework and considers the importance of ethics in modern conservation theory and practice. In addition, the module aims to illuminate some of the inherent complexities encountered by professionals working in this strongly interdisciplinary field.
This module provides basic chemistry skills and an introduction into Conservation Science. Both are needed to successfully complete the Master programme in one of the ten fields of specialisation. Preventive conservation forms part of this module and deals with aspects such as climate control, the influence of light on objects and other environmental factors relevant to the safekeeping of Cultural Heritage. The Preventive Conservation course is part of this Chemistry module, but could also be separately attended by students with a specific interest in this topic alone.
This module is an introduction to the various specialisations in the field of conservation, illuminating materials and techniques that are specific for each specialisation, including degradation phenomena and particular challenges. Many different cases will be discussed to obtain a broad perspective on the different specialisations, offered during the master’s programme and post-master's programme.