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Programme Aims and Features
Architectural conservation is recognised worldwide as an important component of sustainable development. Every year there is increasing demand and scope for both research into conservation and its practical application, as cities around the world recognise the need for more rigorous professional requirements based on international best-practice standards specified in international charters and conventions.
The Bachelor of Arts in Conservation BA(Conservation) offers inter-disciplinary and experiential learning covering a broad spectrum of subjects such as architecture, arts and humanities, real estate and construction, social sciences and urban studies. The core competencies are classified into five pillars namely (1)History and Theory of Conservation, (2) Materials and Technology, (3)Professional Practice, (4) Conservation Studio, and (5)Research Thesis. Numerous local and at least three overseas field studies and the one-month internship placements are also part of the curriculum.
The programme also provides students with a high level of professional competencies for continuing their studies in complementary disciplines, including architecture, landscape architecture, material science, real estate and construction, and urban planning and design etc.
The BA(Conservation) is supported by the HKSAR Government and accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) . BA(Conservation) graduates are able to choose an RICS professional pathway, such as Building Control or Planning and Development, through which they can gain full professional status after completing an approved practical training placement and passing the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence. For more information please refer to its website http://www.rics.org.
BA(Conservation) graduates are eligible for employment in the private practice, civil service and non-governmental organisations. Work can be directly related to architectural conservation/ cultural heritage conservation/ surveying/ architecture, and building, construction and real estate sector, but an undergraduate education in conservation does not limit graduates to the discipline of the built environment. The professional competencies and analytical skills developed in the programme and the multidisciplinary nature of the curriculum prepare students for a successful career in many fields.