Vocational training for conservators


If you are interested in the master program „Restoration, Art Technology and Conservation Science” with the specialization on "Book and Paper", please feel free to contact the IBR using the contact form of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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The Institute of Conservation and Restoration (IBR) educates and trains conservators within the framework of the major field of studies "Book and Paper" of the consecutive master’s program „Restoration, Art Technology and Conservation Science" on the basis of an institutional cooperation between the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Technische Universität München. The prerequisite for the program is a BA in the field of graphics, archival and library materials.

The scientific evidence-based and applied master’s program „Restoration, Art Technology and Conservation Science" at the Technische Universität München incorporates instruction in the current requirements and challenges of the profession. The close collaboration between the Technische Universität München and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek allows students of this Germany-wide unique master’s program to benefit from both the interdisciplinary opportunities at the conservation campus of Munich and the decades of experience of the Institute of Conservation and Restoration.

The major field of studies "Book and Paper" comprises the following range of topics, which are also reproduced in the individual modules of the course of studies:

  • Collection care in day-to-day library business
  • Preventive conservation/conservation from medieval codices to modern books
  • Exploration, development and evaluation of conservation methods e.g. in the fields of paper, parchment or painting layer
  • Project topics with objects from the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
  • Material-scientific and art-technological analysis using state-of-the-art methods in the institute's own analytical laboratory
  • Management of exhibitions from a conservation perspective

The core subjects of the program are conservation science and art technology, accompanied by advanced scientific and art-historical lectures and courses. A further emphasis of the program is on the practice of the examination and conservation treatment of different objects of art and culture. Students learn through individual conservation projects, intensive tutoring in small groups, and interdisciplinary collaboration at the conservation campus of Munich. This multifaceted approach provides our students with optimal skills for taking up work at libraries, archives, museums or as freelancers.

Module overview  (PDF, 46 KB)

In conjunction with complementary minor subjects, the modules art technology & art history, methods of conservation/restoration, and collection maintenance span all professional requirements of conservation sciences. Moreover, through immersion in the IBR, students gain experience of how the collections of a large library are conserved and maintained in everyday library business.

The major field of studies "Book and Paper" with courses and projects at the Institute of Conservation and Restoration (IBR) comprises around half of the modules (marked in red in the module plan). Further modules with topically overlapping and interdisciplinary content take place at the department for "Restoration, Art Technology and Conservation Science" at the Technische Universität München and its cooperation partners in Munich with excellent collections and conservation departments, e.g. Archäologische Staatssammlung, Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung with Doerner Institute, Bayerische Verwaltung der staatlichen Schlösser, Gärten und Seen, Deutsches Museum, and Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde. This unique program thus introduces students to all fields of specialisation in conservation sciences. It is also possible to carry out projects together with the specialised conservation departments of Munich's important collections.

General information, details of the catalogue and regulations of the master’s program, as well as specific information on how to apply at the Technische Universität München: