Courses 

M.A. (CONSERVATION)

 

Semester I (Foundation Course)

1) Introduction to the History of Indian Art

The course surveys the major landmarks in Indian art history and traces the significant developments in the architectural, sculptural and painting traditions from their early beginnings to the modern period. Selective and significant sites and schools of art and architecture shall be introduced in this course along with the major art movements.

2) Introduction to Museology

The course aims to acquaint students with the fundamentals of the role and functions of museums from their historical beginnings to the present; the philosophy and multifarious nature of museums including emerging trends in Museology in the form of New Museology that sees museums "beyond walls".

3) Introduction to Conservation Science

Museum collections and heritage sites form a basis for the study of art history in a substantial manner. With time, these collections and sites do undergo various types of deterioration necessitating their conservation. Though a specialized science, certain aspects of conservation such as preventive conservation can be implemented by professionals other than conservators. The course will cover basics relating to the conservation of cultural heritage. The emphasis will be on preventive conservation but curative aspects of conservation shall also be briefly discussed.

4) Science for Conservators (Non-science students)

The course will teach basics of science specially chemistry to those students who do not possess science background as science plays a major role in conservation of art objects.

5) Basics of Fine Arts (Non - fine arts students)

This course is specially meant for those students who have no exposure to fine arts, since conservation and restoration of art objects at times requires skills of fine arts.

 

Semester II

1) Preventive Conservation

The course incorporates the various methods that can be used for safeguarding museum objects without resorting to any type of costly curative conservation treatment. The course will cover preventive conservation in totality in display, storage and transportation.

2) Conservation of Metals

The course covers the different types of metals used in antiquity, their deterioration, deterioration factors, and conservation strategies used for various types of metal objects.

3) Conservation of Stone, Ceramics and Glass

The course will cover the deterioration problems and conservation strategies for various types of stone, ceramic and glass artifacts.

4) Communication Skills and Professionalism

The course will teach the basic techniques of verbal and non-verbal communication including writing of dissertation, presentation of seminar and group discussion on various problems of conservation.

5) Use of Computers in Conservation

The use of computers is increasing day by day in the field of conservation. The course will cover the various aspects of computer related documentation in the field of conservation.

Semester III

1) Conservation of Paper and archival Materials

The course covers various aspects of deterioration of Paper and other archival materials and the various techniques used in their conservation.

2) Conservation of Paintings

The course will discuss the various types of conservation problems noticed in paintings on canvas, wood, textile, etc. and the treatment options available for specific conservation problems.

3) Conservation of Wall Paintings

The methodology of documenting wall paintings, their problems and treatment measures will be taught in this course.

Optional Courses

4) Conservation of Wood, Bone and Ivory

The structure and types of wood, bone and ivory, their problems and conservation methods will be covered.

5) Conservation of Historic Buildings, Sites and Excavated /Marine Antiquities

This course will cover the techniques, architecture and interiors, deterioration problems vis-à-vis the conservation of historic buildings and monuments. The methodology of conservation for marine and excavated objects will also be incorporated.

6) Conservation of Textile, Leather and Ethnographic Material

The various types of problems, their documentation and conservation techniques used for the treatment of textiles, leather and ethnographic materials will be covered.

 

Semester IV

1) Research Methodology in Conservation

The course teaches the methodology used for conducting researches in the field of conservation.

2) Seminars - Two

In order to develop aptitude of researching and presenting their studies in a systematic manner, the students are required to present two seminars on the topics selected by them.

3) Dissertation - One

Dissertation on a selected topic related to the field of conservation is to be prepared by the student under the guidance of a supervisor.


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