This innovative programme, the first of its kind in the English-speaking world, offers an integrated study of stained glass and its conservation, meeting a perceived need internationally for a qualification in this field.
The programme is taught in partnership with the Department of Archaeology.
Our aim is to offer training for a variety of employment, in stained glass conservation workshops, but also in heritage management, arts administration, architectural offices, and the administration of historic buildings and museums.
The programme may also be preparation for higher research degrees.
This is a two-year programme, including four terms of taught courses, with two modules per term, an sixteen-week placement, and a five-month dissertation. Modules will be devoted to basic and advanced techniques of glass conservation. Other fields of study include the ethics and the philosophy of conservation, history of conservation, art and architectural history, archaeology, building engineering, conservation and the impact of climate change, and heritage and business administration. There will be a free choice of art-historical or archaeological modules in the spring term of the second year. In each taught term a masterclass addressing current issues and new research will be conducted by a visiting lecturer.
Leading conservation studios in Britain, Europe and the United States host placements, providing valuable work experience, and networks for future careers.
Thanks to sponsorship from Schott AG, every other year, usually in the Easter vacations, students will have the chance to join a study tour to France and Germany, visiting major stained glass sites, and leading conservation practices.
The programme is designed to appeal to a wide range of potential applicants. They may include college graduates with an undergraduate degree in related fields (eg architectural stained glass, conservation, other areas of art history, architecture, archaeology).
Applicants without a college degree, but with exceptional experience or demonstrable skills may also be admitted, subject to an entrance test.
Previous experience in glass conservation is desirable and advice on securing preliminary placements can be offered.
A range of funding opportunities are available from the Headley Trust and Glaziers Trust. Some further scholarships will likely be offered and will be announced the Summer before the MA programme commences. Accepted MA applicants will be invited to apply for these scholarships in the Summer.
Applications can be submitted to the university online. Forms, links and further information about the process of applying can be found on the web pages for graduate admissions:
As part of the application we ask you to include a general statement about your interests and background, which should outline your motivation for postgraduate study in this field.
Beyond the application form, you will also need to obtain official transcripts of any previous or current university-level study, plus two academic references, which may be included with your application or sent separately.
If you submit your writing sample electronically, you may need to remove digital images from your work so that the file size does not exceed 3MB.
We will read art-historical writing samples without images as long as your text indicates which images were originally included.
In addition, all applicants for the taught MA should submit one sample of academic-style writing, minimum 1500 words in length. Where possible the subject matter should concern art history, but if your background lies in other areas, we would welcome work in another field such as literature or history.
If you have any questions or concerns about the writing sample, contact the graduate chair for advice.
Normally we expect to receive applications for the taught MA by 31 March, although we do consider further applications up until 15 August, and sometimes later in special circumstances.
The deadline for many scholarship applications is 1 May or earlier, and many of them require a further research proposal beyond the general statement of application. We find that the process of reviewing an application, following up references, conducting an interview, arriving at a topic for research and completing the different sections of the grant application form can take fully two months, so those planning on applying for a scholarship should submit their course application as early as possible.