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Principles And Practice: Advanced Skills HISTART5050

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Principles and Practice: Advanced Skills builds on key conservation skills and concepts introduced in the first year, reinforcing the key concepts of cleaning and support by introducing the theory and practice of advanced textile conservation skills such as the use of adhesive supports, solvency and other cleaning methods. The developing skill set is reinforced by the practical application of conservation treatments to historic textiles, put in context by the concurrent sessions in the two units Conservation in Practice and Deconstructing the Artefact.


15 hours (two and a half days) per week comprising lectures (5 x 2 hours), seminars (14 hours), workshops (19 x 3 hours), supervised studio time (27 x 3 hours) and individual tutorials (3 x 1 hour).

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses



Report (3,500 words) 50% and viva (20-minute) 20%

Practical work 30% (continuous assessment).

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide the student with the opportunity to apply advanced interventive treatment skills used to preserve historic textile artefacts.

■ Introduce the student to the principles and science of advanced interventive conservation treatment approaches and techniques used to preserve historic textile artefacts.

■ Enable the student to apply observation skills, understanding of cultural and ethical contexts and advanced material science knowledge to formulate appropriate treatment strategies.

■ Develop professional and collaborative work practice to an advanced level.

■ Enhance professional skills to communicate effectively for professional practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Apply a range of advanced conservation techniques and employ good practical skills.

■ Critically analyse and evaluate textile artefacts to devise treatment proposals appropriate to an artefact's composition, condition and role.

■ Effectively deploy critical reflection and problem-solving skills to inform practice.

■ Employ good workroom practice and competently use a wide range of laboratory tasks in order to ensure efficient, safe and effective use of materials and resources.

■ Work collaboratively and professionally as part of a team to carry out conservation activities e.g. practical projects and using a shared workspace. 

■ Communicate complex scenarios using appropriate terminology and in a professional manner with a range of specialist and general audiences orally and in writing.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.