Duration (Number of semesters)
Application deadline Winter semester
Pre-study work placement
“Works of art, historical documents and objects must be preserved for future generations. We teach their study, research and documentation as well as the methods of conservation and restoration. The study programme imparts interdisciplinary specialist knowledge and uniquely combines science, technology and craftsmanship.”
Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dipl.-Rest. Ulrike Hähner

What is this study programme all about?

Students deal with the different historical and artistic production techniques and their different materials. They learn about the influence of the environment and what effects it has on ageing and damage.  Building on this, they will deal with the contents of damage prevention, learn methods of condition analysis, documentation as well as conservation and restoration of original objects. The students specialise by selecting their area(s) of specialisation.

We offer the conservation and restoration of:

  • Paintings and Polychrome Wooden Objects
  • Furniture, wooden objects and material combinations
  • Records, books and graphics
  • Stone objects and architectural surfaces

As an option, it is also possible to add a second area of specialisation. Interested students can ask for advice at any time and have an individual study programme put together for them.

What can I do with it later?

You can work in restoration workshops and are well prepared for the practical work of maintenance and care of cultural assets, condition analysis and documentation as well as basic conservation and restoration measures.

This degree also qualifies you to take up a Master's degree in conservation and restoration science. It deepens the acquired competences. You will learn how to treat particularly severe damage and will be prepared for management tasks in an institution or self-employment as a restorer.

What makes this study programme special?

You will learn and practice in small groups on historical originals. You have the opportunity to choose between two areas of specialisation. The study programme is supported by museums, monument offices as well as libraries and archives.

In addition, there are two subjects that are taught only in Hildesheim: “Basics of Art History in Restoration” and “Microbiology in Restoration”.