Master of Arts in Conservation-Restoration

Course summary

The Master’s degree programme in Conservation-Restoration trains conservators and restorers who can understand art and cultural artefacts in their material, expressive and historical complexity and record them methodically, evaluate findings scientifically, and engage with them in a preventive or remedial way. The wide-ranging academic and practical training is a prerequisite for practising the profession independently. Students can specialise in one of eight areas. The Master’s degree emphasises curative conservation, restoration and interventions on objects.


Title / QualificationMaster of Arts in Conservation-Restoration

The Master of Arts in Conservation-Restoration is part of the Swiss Conservation-Restoration Campus with eight specialisation areas at four Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences. The Bern University of the Arts and the Abegg Foundation offer five specialisations:

  • Architecture, Furnishings and Furniture
  • Painting and Sculpture
  • Graphics, Documents and Photography
  • Modern Materials and Media
  • Textiles (Abegg Foundation)
Program study optionsFull or part-time/in conjunction with a job
Language(s) of instructionGerman, English, French, Italian
Campus(es)Bern, Riggisberg, Neuenburg, Lugano
Course beginsSpring semester: Week 8
Autumn semester: Week 38
Deadline for applicationsApplication deadline for the Master program
Co-operationsSwiss Conservation-Restoration Campus CRC (Haute Ecole Arc Conservation-restauration Neuchâtel, Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana, Abegg Fondation Riggisberg)


Conservators and restorers work as freelancers or as employees of museums, private collections, archives, libraries or institutions of monument conservation, for companies or for private individuals. Their core competency lies in assessing and applying historical, common and new techniques for preserving and caring for cultural artefacts with particular problems of conservation and restoration. A high level of specialisation and the diversity of objects to be treated mean that that the professional field is pluridisciplinary: it requires active collaboration with other conservators, restorers, natural scientists, artists, archaeologists, craftspeople and ethnographers. One important area of work lies in research and development, as well as in teaching.

The degree concludes with a Master of Arts UAS in Conservation-Restoration. The Master of Arts in Conservation-Restoration enables graduates to independently pursue careers in conservation and restoration, to manage projects and to enter an advanced PhD programme.

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Head of degree programme

Bern University of the Arts:

Stefan Wülfert

T +41 31 848 38 78



Abegg Foundation (specialisation textiles):

Caroline Vogt

T +41 31 808 12 27