Graduate Certificate in Heritage Materials Conservation – ARC102

University of Canberra

Conserve cultural heritage with this hands-on degree Whether your professional background is in science, environmental management, architecture, engineering, building and construction, or the humanities, this course will give you the skills in understanding, conserving, reconstructing and restoring heritage materials. In this course you will explore how these materials are made, how they respond to their changing environments, how people value them, and how conservation professionals ensure they survive into the future. Through practical field-based workshops and behind-the-scenes tours of heritage sites and collections, you will learn to investigate the condition and significance of heritage items, develop conservation and management plans for them, and carry out laboratory and on-site treatment techniques to preserve and restore them. All units contain Indigenous cultural content as a key underpinning to theory, practice, history and contemporary social, economic and cultural issues in the cultural heritage sector. The flexibility to develop your personal vision, interests and focus as a professional is intrinsic to the course, and progression to the Graduate Diploma in Creative and Cultural Futures and Master of Arts in Creative and Cultural Futures is available by enrolling in additional units. Study a Graduate Certificate in Heritage Materials Conservation at UC and you will: apply values-based methodologies to identify the stakeholders and values that must be taken into account in conservation planning. use observation and analysis to accurately identify heritage materials, their condition, and their responses to environmental conditions. integrate physical data and cultural understandings to develop sustainable conservation treatment and management plans for heritage. determine and apply appropriate preservation, conservation and restoration techniques to conserve and enhance heritage materials. Work Integrated Learning (WIL) WIL is a significant focus of the course, with all units centered on the development of key methods, techniques and skills required for work in the field of cultural heritage. As part of your studies you will gain extensive practical experience working in real-life industry scenarios, participate in site-based tutorials, explore numerous local and international case studies, while also contributing to group projects and research work. You will also have the opportunity to gain access to mentors from within the industry, deliver presentations to culture and heritage practitioners, and be challenged working with simulations of real-world industry design briefs. If you are already employed in the sector, you will also be encouraged to use your past experiences to reflect on current industry practice, problems and issues. Career opportunities conservator head of heritage heritage consultant curator gallery manager indigenous heritage officer collections manager heritage manager engineering heritage consultant historic buildings conservation officer culture and heritage officer heritage site manager heritage and cultural policy adviser Course-specific information A clear pathway of study exists between this course, the undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (Culture and Heritage), the postgraduate Graduate Diploma in Creative and Cultural Futures, and the Master of Arts in Creative and Cultural Futures. Students who have completed this course may apply and receive credit for units within the Graduate Diploma in Creative and Cultural Futures.

At a Glance

Course level Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 096390J
Institution Name University of Canberra
Campus Location UC - Canberra, Bruce
Institution Type University
Course Duration N/A
Course University University of Canberra

About University of Canberra

UC is ranked among the top 100 young universities in the world and consistently delivers 89 per cent graduate employment and above-average graduate starting salaries. At the University of Canberra we aim to be amongst Australia’s most innovative tertiary institutions, continue our ascent in world rankings, and extend our regional, national and international reach – as outlined in our Strategic Plan.


We are committed to preparing professional and highly employable graduates with the right mix of skills and knowledge. Key to this goal is our focus on work-integrated learning which offers every student the opportunity to hone their skills in a real-work environment. We have already embarked on a comprehensive development plan that will see our campus transform into an integrated learning community. Here you will see academics, students and the public come together in a seamless knowledge-sharing space that enables access to exclusive placements and projects. Our teaching is enriched by our research culture that produces high-quality and high-impact work and makes an early and significant difference to the world around us.


UC has also launched its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021 outlining a university-wide approach to closing the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians across four main areas: academic, research and innovation, employment, and community engagement.


  • Events
    With such rich academic, social and sporting communities, the University is host to a wide variety of events each year.
  • Strategic Plan
    The University of Canberra’s Strategic Plan for 2018-2022 embodies our shared ambition and we are all collectively responsible for its successful implementation.
  • Mission
    As a university anchored in Australia’s capital, we work with government, business and industry to serve our communities and nation, and to be the capital’s educational window to the world. From this vantage point, we challenge the status quo in a relentless pursuit of original and better ways to teach, learn, research and add value – locally and internationally.
  • Vision
    Our long-standing excellence in mission-oriented research will be fostered and, together with a renewed emphasis on entrepreneurship, will be woven inextricably into the University’s educational experience.
    Through a transformative campus development plan, the University will evolve into a distinctive community for lifelong learning, and serve as a beacon of sustainable, smart and connected living.
  • Streams of Strategic Intent
    Five interconnected streams of strategic intent will be rolled out progressively over the next five years. These initiatives will drive our quest to shape the University of Canberra into a globally prominent institution of learning, research and public engagement.
  • Faculties
    It is our five faculties that make UC an exceptional university. Specialising a range of interrelated disciplines, each Faculty offers a unique experience, relevant to the disciplines in which they teach.
    Academic Faculty staff are experts in their fields contributing not only to the education of students, but also to progress in their industries through applied research.
  • Copyright Officer
    Copyright in the University is administered by a Copyright Officer. Questions concerning rights and obligations in relation to copyright should be directed to the Copyright Officer.The Copyright Officer is also the officer to receive notification of alleged breaches of the Copyright Act or licences and details of ‘take-down’ notices.

Enquiry Form