Basic aim of the study programme
Two decades ago, the basic idea that the new educational institute should be built on multidisciplinary principles was set out and developed.
The idea of systematically educating students in team cooperation and respect towards the artefact under restoration was declared. Furthermore, such respect should be shown towards similar articles which, although not artistically superior, document the culture of their age, especially in urban and rural environments, and therefore carry information of the same weight as the finest works of art. The focus is thus on art culture in its widest sense, not merely the finest works of art. The conservation and restoration of works of art and other material evidence of culture is interdisciplinary and therefore an extremely complex process. This field of activity is not only affected by technical issues but also by moral and philosophical issues as well as issues concerning interpersonal relationships. Professional groups meeting in this context hail from various specialist and academic backgrounds, differing greatly in thinking, professional conduct and, to a certain extent, in their perception of values.
Conservation and restoration cannot be undertaken without team cooperation. If restoration is to develop on a genuinely rational basis, the widest cooperation between restorers-conservators,
naturalists and historians is a necessity. All three professions enter the restoration process from various points of view, apply various operating processes, and achieve varying professional and scientific outcomes. Therefore, it is necessary for them to learn to ask each other intelligible, clearly formulated questions, and consequently, to answer them.
An important methodological premise is that of one of the basic tasks in the care of monuments, museums, libraries and archive services is the formation of a system of prevention, thus reducing the need for a restoration or conservation intervention to a minimum. Such an intervention is an extreme method of protection or salvage and is always a specific form of interpretation. An important part of the study programme is documentation. Inherently, documentation serves as a source of information for the future approach to the restored piece of art but is also an important source of information for art history or other interpretations of the object. One of the outcomes of a restoration or conservation should be a thorough and comprehensive documentation containing the formulation of new discoveries of art historical value as well as relevant scientific analyses, serving both to determine the optimal operational process and to gain new information for the development of general knowledge. Discoveries, seemingly unimportant at first, can be significant in the future and therefore, it is ethically imperative to record them.
Bachelor’s degree study programme
The aim of the accredited Bachelor’s degree course Fine Arts is to train experts in the area of conservation and restoration of monuments and other records of the past in four fields: Conservation and Restoration of Stone and Related Materials, Wall Paintings and Sgraffito, Paper, Bookbinding and Documents, and finally, Artworks on Paper and Related Materials. The study course is designed as consistently interdisciplinary. Students are educated not erely in the field of art but also in the respective natural sciences, chemical technology of restoration, related humanity sciences and history of art. Their skills in the field of arts and crafts are also continuously cultivated to such a level as to be professionally applicable. They are led to make full use of contemporary knowledge and modern methods of conservation and restoration. Great attention is paid to ethical and aesthetic aspects of restoration, care of monuments and knowledge of legislative issues. The aim of the Bachelor’s degree programme is to train students to carry out restoration practice in such a way as to be able to cooperate with other professions participating in the care of monuments and protection of records of the past.
Subsequent Master’s degree study programme
The study programme of the Master’s degree programme has its basis in the knowledge and skills obtained during the Bachelor’s study programme in the area of theory and in actual restoration activity on specific works of art, and concentrates on expanding and widening them. It is assumed that applicants for the Master’s study programme are predominantly Bachelor’s degree graduates of the Faculty of Restoration or from other universities with a related field of study in the Czech Republic or abroad. Acceptance conditions require the fulfilling of pre-defined requirements by the applicant, regardless of which school the Bachelor’s degree is gained from.
Whilst carrying out their Master’s degree project, the students plan their activities independently and consult all the stages with their chosen consultants. This all leads towards the main objective of the course – to gain, along with highly specialised knowledge and skills, a qualitative and complex overview of the interdisciplinary aspects of the respective fields of restoration of works of art and cultural records of the past. An autonomous approach to the study of literature, the interpretation of results of natural scientifis exploration of the restored article, and the results of conservation research relating to the formulation of a restoration intervention concept is taken as granted.
During practical lessons of the second year of Master’s studies, students acquire specific knowledge and skills within the framework of a chosen individual study plan. Students plan their activities and define the work concept independently. They carry out their practical training individually on specific works of art (also outside of the faculty studio) under the guidance of academic tutors. Students choose further steps of their conservation and restoration specialisation through tasks directly assigned in the study and then through their choice of topic for their practical Master’s thesis.
Department of Studies
Dean’s Office building, Jiráskova 3, 570 01 Litomyšl, door no. 02 004 (1st floor)
Office Hours: Monday–Friday 9:30–11:30 / 12:30–14:00
Study department assistants
Jitka Korábová, e-mail: email@example.com
Petra Pokorná, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Although FR UPa provides all courses in the Czech language, for incoming students partial English guidance and teaching is given + exams can be taken in English in most courses. Contact the faculty coordinator for the choice of your courses.
Facilities and benefits for FR UPa students:
• Up to date conservation laboratories
• Specialised art-conservation library
• Faculty dormitory
• 2 meals in the school canteen for a reduced price
FR UPa accepts applications for short-term study or practical stays
(1 month – 1 semester) – Erasmus+, CEEPUS and also other types of stays
General requirements for incoming students
Specific requirements (FR UPa):
• similar study background (students from art conservation faculties only)
• Portfolio of art and conservation works and projects
• Letter of application
• English – B2 level
Studying in a foreign country is a big step in the students life. We are aware of that and, therefore, we have set up a support system named the Office of International Affairs, which may help students to make such a step.
The International Office supports incoming international students with various practical matters and official procedures, such as application and registration procedures, the choice of courses and timetables, accommodation costs and social life. All the procedures and information are regularly updated on the university web page: https://www.upce.cz/en/study
• Application forms for incoming students
• ECTS Course Catalogue (courses of the FR UPa to be consulted with the faculty coordinator)
• ECTS forms for Erasmus students
• Accommodation forms
Everyone interested in studying at the Faculty of Restoration shall contact the faculty mobility coordinator: email@example.com
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