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The study program Conservation and Restoration is devoted to the conservation of works of art and of cultural artifacts which merit regard as irreplaceable documents owing to their respective historical, artistic and cultural value, and whose conservation is therefore of public interest. In a wider context, the conservation of our cultural heritage is defined as a part of Human Rights.(1)

The basic tasks of the graduates is to conserve such works for the benefit of current and future generations.

The education offered by the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, is considered to be comprehensive with respect to the general basics and the intellectual superstructure of the discipline, while also providing specialist training in the given framework of the study focuses offered:

  • Conservation - Restoration of Paintings / Sculptures
  • Conservation - Restoration of Objects - Focus on Wood
  • Conservation - Restoration of Paper / Photographs / Books / Archive Material
  • Conservation - Restoration of Mural Paintings / Architectural Surfaces
  • Conservation - Restoration of Modern and Contemporary Art

For details of the course content and objectives, please refer to § 2 and § 3 of the syllabus.

Admission: Admission examinations for the study program Conservation / Restoration are held in February, once a year.

1 Our Creative Diversity. Report of the UNESCO World Commission on Culture and Development. 1996