Specialist Certificate in Cross-Cultural Conservation and Heritage

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Arts Award Specialist Certificate
Course Specialist Certificate in Cross-Cultural Conservation and Heritage
Course Code SC-CCCH
Course Abbreviation SpecCertCCCons
Partner Faculty Faculty of Arts
Course Description The Specialist Certificate in Cross-Cultural Conservation and Heritage is designed as a knowledge exchange program and draws on the Centre for Cultural Material Conservation's extensive industry and community partnerships to combine traditional and contemporary approaches to the preservation of cultural objects across a range of cultural settings. The Specialist Certificate focusses on the conservation of cultural material as a foundation for broader understandings of the significance of culture as a source of identity, social cohesion and sustainable development. The Program provides students from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds with the opportunity to benefit from the expertise held by fellow students and their communities, and from Indigenous experts in Australia and other cultural leaders in the Asia-Pacific region. The Specialist Certificate is designed for practicing museum and heritage workers to gain access to and experti se in contemporary and traditional approaches to conservation, for Indigenous students seeking entry to graduate study and for a range of professionals seeking to work with Indigenous communities. The Specialist Certificate is a pathway to further study in the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Cultural Material Conservation) and Master of Cultural Materials Conservation.
Delivery Mode On campus - Parkville
Subjects Issues in Cross Cultural Conservation and Heritage (12.5 points)

Issues in Cross-Cultural Preservation provides students with knowledge and practical skills to contribute to the preservation of cultural material in their own and other cultures, informed by strong cross-cultural understanding, engagement and respect. This knowledge also enables students to respond to broader issues of cultural significance and cultural responsibility as practiced within cultures and as required when working across cultures. Knowledge in these areas will be built through an articulated delivery, which examines the history of cultural engagement in the region, current community and professional practices that support cultural preservation, the use of technological bases to support cross-cultural engagement and cultural preservation, and the deterioration mechanisms that are of concern within different cultures. Students will obtain a strong grounding in understanding the development, technology and threats to cultural material, and will build knowledge in cultural material and heritage preservation management, occupational health and safety, identification and documentation, professional and senior knowledge relating to cultural preservation and preservation processes, and disaster risks and responses. This subject will be taught as an intensive with some material available online and the opportunity for industry placement in the student's area of interest.

Cross-Cultural Assessment and Treatment (12.5 points)

This subject will examine a range of cultural objects, with various deterioration and preservation issues. Using participant-led discussion and teacher-led investigation, students will provide input from their particular cultural perspective as to possible best practice and effective treatment options for the longer term conservation of the object. Students will also learn to contextualise particular examples within broader knowledge-sharing principles that are central to cross-cultural conservation practices. Basic conservation treatment decision-making will be examined and this will require students to consider the complexity of intervention and the impact of cross-cultural decision making where senior knowledge may be cultural, academic or professional. Students will then undertake basic treatment of an object.
Assessment
  • Presentation (10%)
  • Practical demonstration of preservation assessment and documentation (10%)
  • Oral and visual examination (30%)
  • Workbook (25%)
  • Issues paper/essay/media presentation (25%)
Pathways to Further Study Graduates of the Specialist Certificate of Cross-Cultural Conservation and Heritage may be eligible to progress to the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Cultural Material Conservation) and Master of Cultural Materials Conservation
Additional Information This course is currently seeking accreditation by the AICCM (the Australian Institute for Cultural Materials Conservation Ltd) which provided professional accreditation for CCMC's Master of Arts by Coursework.
Academic and Teaching Team Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Robyn Sloggett
Entry Requirements
  • At least five years full-time documented professional experience in an Art Centre, or other organisation involved in cultural conservation, cultural heritage and/or related professional and cultural fields, which demonstrates the capacity to successfully undertake the course, as well as a statement of intent which demonstrates how participating in the program will assist in your current or future professional role. Access to the program would be dependent on the assessment of the statement of intent by the Course Advisory Panel and, as places are limited, availability within the course.
OR
  • An undergraduate degree, or equivalent, and a statement of intent which demonstrates how participating in the program would build relevant competencies and understanding of the role Indigenous Art Centres or other organisations involved in cultural conservation, cultural heritage and/or related professional and cultural fields will be applied within your organisation or in your future professional plans. Access to the program would be dependent on the assessment of the statement of intent by the Course Advisory Panel and, as places are limited, availability within the course.
English Language Requirements:

All applicants must meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible to be offered a place.

Details can be found here: http://www.futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/int/apply/grad/english-req.html

The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for referee reports or employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.
Course Fees The course fee in 2017 is $6,464.
Fee Inclusions Fees include tuition, course materials, morning and afternoon tea.
FEE HELP Fee-Help is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.
Delivery Dates and Times Subject one: Issues in Cross Cultural Conservation and Heritage
  • October 2017 dates to be advised
Subject two: Cross-Cultural Assessment and Treatment
  • October 2017 dates to be advised
Class times: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Delivery Venue Parkville campus
Related Courses and Subjects Graduates of the Specialist Certificate of Cross-Cultural Conservation and Heritage may be eligible to progress to the following programs in the Faculty of Arts:
Contact Us

Jane Kerr
Program Administrator, Teaching and Learning
E: jane.kerr1@unimelb.edu.au
T: +61 3 8344 6925