Course summary

Conservation experts preserve art works and cultural artefacts. By doing so, they help to safeguard the material cultural memory of our society. Intervention on works of art and their environment calls for well-founded investigations and research. Their aim is to safeguard the existence of the objects for the longest possible time without damage. 


Lectures, practical exercises and seminars convey theoretical knowledge; specialized studios and laboratories are available for practical encounters with art works. The range of activity is extensive: from oil paintings, sculptures, textiles, drawings, photographs and books, via audiovisual-based media and synthetic objects, to buildings and their contents that are worthy of preservation. 


The Bachelor’s degree provides only limited access to professional activity. It permits participation in conservation and restoration projects under the guidance of the holder of a Master’s degree.   


Title / Qualification Bachelor of Arts in Conservation
Main study subjects/ specialisations
  • Architecture, furnishings and furniture
  • Painting and sculpture
  • Graphic, books and photographic objects
  • Modern materials and media
  • Textiles (Abegg Foundation Riggisberg)
  • Further specialisation routes can be found at
Program study options Full or part-time/in conjunction with a job
Language(s) of instruction German (and partly in other languages)
Campus(es)Bern, Riggisberg, Neuenburg, Lugano
Professional qualification Yes, to some extent
Course begins Week 38
Deadline for applicationsApplication deadline for the Bachelor program
Subsequent master programMaster of Arts in Conservation-Restoration
Special features The courses at Bern come under the auspices of the Swiss Conservation-Restoration Campus.


The professional field of conservation covers various activities, from technological documentation of cultural artefacts, via curating collections, archives and depots to consulting for exhibitions and project planning. Conservation is carried out wherever it is important to secure material cultural memory. Through the students` specialisation and the inclusion of restoration in the Master degree programme, research tasks and direct interventions on objects further expand their working field. 


Conservation workers support fully-trained conservators-restorers in their work. They undertake important tasks in the area of preventive conservation, the storage, transport and exhibiting of works.  


The Bachelor`s degree is not exclusively a qualification for the professional practice of curative conservation, restoration or the field of the specialisation. The degree is designed to be followed by a Master`s degree.

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Head of degree programme

Bern University of the Arts:

Andreas Buder

T +41 31 848 38 78



Abegg Foundation (specialisation textiles):

Caroline Vogt

T +41 31 808 12 27


Further information