The work of conservators of stone, ceramics, stucco, artificial stone and plaster is understood as an interdisciplinary practice. The training in chemistry, petrography, history of art, building material technology, ethics and restoration aesthetics is essential. The curriculum begins with the history of traditional building materials, techniques and crafts and continues with techniques of restoration and conservation of stone and related materials. Students learn basic artistic techniques - modeling, application of basic historical craftsmanship methods and methods of modelled, cut and formed copy. Concurrently, the theoretical knowledge in the fields of chemistry, technology and art history is developed. During the second year of study the students are able to use gained knowledge for the restoration of basic artistic craftsmanship works such as architectonic elements. The artistic craftsmanship preparation during the second year of the studies increases the demand put on students when completing reconstructions, requiring, for example, the use of preserved photos and historic analogies. Special attention is devoted to issues of polychromy.
During the third year of study students are capable of figural reconstruction. Students execute their work with expert guidance, establish restoration objectives, write restoration reports and complete photographic documentation. In this way they gain experience in all aspects of restoration and conservation work. In the fourth semester the students have a chance to individually restore assigned objects under expert supervision.
The graduates of this specialization may work as an independent art and artistic craft restorer of works of stone, ceramics, stucco and plaster. They are variously able to find employment in restoration studios, in construction companies specializing in historical restoration, as independent specialists, in cooperation with archeologists for conservation of artifacts, workshops, museums, galleries and historical monuments preservation institutes.
Students are trained in the following fields:
- artistic aspects of sculpture,
- methods of conservation,
- natural sciences - with a stress on understanding of causes of corrosion and degradation of materials used for creation of a work of art and its following prevention against harmful influence of the environment,
- training in the basic artistic, arts-and craft techniques and reproduction techniques - materials: stone, plaster of Paris, stucco, plaster, mortar, artificial stone, artificial marble,
- history of art and auxiliary historical sciences,
- carrying out documentation.