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Semester I (Foundation Course):

Principles of Conservation

It is a foundation course and aims to familiarise students with various aspects of conservation e.g. history and development of conservation, definitions and terminologies, context in conservation, professional ethics, materials and classification of cultural property, internal and external factors causing deterioration and preventive conservation, emphasising on environmental monitoring and management, care in handling, transporting and storing cultural property.

Introduction to the History of Indian Art

The foundation course aims to acquaint students briefly about the major landmarks in Indian art history and traces the significant developments in Indian art and architecture. Selective and significant sites and schools of art and architecture are introduced in this course. The main aim of the course is to familiarize the students about Indian art history from ancient Indian art up to modern Indian art. The course includes a survey of art and architecture of Indus Valley Civilisation, Mauryan, Sunga-Satvahana, Kushana and Gupta art from the ancient period. Indian temple architecture and Islamic architecture is also studied. An introduction to Indian miniature painting is given through the study of Mughal and Rajasthani School of painting. The course also covers a survey of modern Indian art.

Principles of Museology

The foundation course aims to acquaint students briefly with the fundamentals of the role and function of the ‘museum’ from its historical beginnings to the present, as well as examining the philosophy of museums and their multiform character and purpose. Familiarizing the students with the meaning and features of Museums, Museology and Museography, the course also deals with the new emerging trends in Museology, Eco- Museums, Tangible and Intangible Heritage.

Research Methodology

This course considers the different ways in which research techniques become instrumental in the understanding of social phenomena. The goal of this course is to acquaint and engage students of History of Art, Conservation, and Museology in discussing the links between theory, methods, and techniques. This is also to emphasize the fact that research is a continuous activity and techniques are not be merely to be used as technical devices of data collection. Their importance lies in contextualizing them in theoretical and methodological grounds in relation to a given situation. Along with teaching and methodological reviews of selected research trends, the students are allotted specific areas of fieldwork. They are encouraged to choose a research problem, prepare a research design, conduct a short fieldwork and write a report.


Semester II:

Conservation Science

This course is an introduction to applied sciences in art and heritage conservation and incorporates basic modules of physics, chemistry and biology. The course emphasises on scientific principles such as concepts of light and colour, atomic and molecular theories, chemical structures and properties, chemical bonding etc. and their relations to degradation processes. The course also includes the scientific basis of conservation processes and various natural and synthetic materials that are used in conservation treatments.

Scientific Examination and Documentation

This course focuses on the application of various imaging methods including general and scientific photography for understanding the problems of deterioration, condition survey and documentation of art objects. The course also emphasises on scientific techniques involved in chemical and physical investigation of materials such as microscopy, UV and IR imaging/spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and fluorescence analysis etc. The overall aim of the course is to provide scientific understanding and interpretation of deterioration processes and enable students to make informed conservation decisions.

Materials and Techniques

This course aims to provide students with the understanding of materials and techniques of works of art. The course utilises a combination of historical evidences and scientific account of various forms of art, their materials and technique of fabrication. The course covers inorganic, organic and composite materials and students would be able to prepare various forms of art in order to gain a first-hand experience in working with different kinds of materials and to understand the deterioration problems associated with faulty materials and/or preparation.

Project work and Seminar

The Project work and Seminar in this semester are designed to give students practical work exposure to students on Conservation Science, Scientific Examination and Documentation and Materials and Technique of Works of Art. Students will have to carry out two projects and present a seminar on the practical work carried out.


Semester III:

Conservation of Art and Archaeological Objects

The aim of the course is to give students a fundamental understanding and practical training on conservation of inorganic (Metal, Stone, Ceramics, Terracotta and Glass) and organic (Textiles, Wood, Leather, Ivory and Bone) objects. The causes of deterioration of these artefacts and methods of stabilising deterioration are included, together with the scientific investigation and materials and methods to carry out conservation treatments. The conservation of excavated archaeological materials, the burial and waterlogged conditions and risk of exposure to a new environment after excavations are also included in the course.

Conservation of Paper and Archival Materials

This course primarily covers archival materials (paper, palm-leaf, papyrus, parchment etc.). The causes of deterioration of these materials and methods of preventing further deterioration are evaluated, together with materials and methods to carry out conservation treatments. A hands-on approach provides the students with an opportunity to analyse the condition of collection items, study the environmental parameters, carry out practical treatments and explore best practices used in display and storage.

Conservation of Paintings

The course covers a variety of traditional Indian paintings (Miniatures, Thangka, Phad, Pattachitra, Picchawai, Kalamkari, Tanjore, Mysore paintings), Easel/Panel paintings and Wall paintings. It includes the fundamental knowledge of artists’ palette, scientific examination and documentation, factors and typology of deterioration, preventive and remedial conservation treatments within the framework of historical, ethical and aesthetic considerations. The students are also oriented to study and learn art historical, stylistic and technical aspects in conservation of paintings.

Project work and Seminar

The Project work and Seminar in this semester are designed to give students practical work exposure to students on Conservation of Art and Archaeological Objects, Paper and Archival Materials and Paintings. Students will have to carry out two projects and present a seminar on the practical work carried out.


Semester IV:

Specialisation Course

Designated project in any one of the following areas of specialisation to be carried out under supervision. Teaching methods would include tutorials and laboratory/studio based training by the supervisor/other experts.

    • Conservation of Art and Archaeological Objects
    • Conservation of Paper, Manuscripts and Books
    • Conservation of Paintings

[Note: Specialisation courses will be offered only when at least 5 students opt for a particular course.]

The students are required to prepare a dissertation on a suitable topic from the specialisation project under the guidance of a supervisor. The dissertation aim to inculcate and develop information gathering skills, data analysis and interpretation and writing skills in order to prepare students for focussed research.

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