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Programme Aims and Features
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 problem-based, experiential learning covering a broad spectrum of conservation-related subjects. The curriculum provides core competencies in the history and theory of conservation and the understanding of building structures and fabric in terms of material science and construction techniques. It also includes other courses crucial to the practice of architectural conservation, such as documentation and visual communication. Local and overseas field studies, workshops and internship placements are also part of the curriculum.
The programme provides students with a high level of competency for continuing their studies with the Master of Science in Conservation MSc(Conservation), as well as other postgraduate programmes in complementary disciplines, including architecture, surveying, landscape architecture and urban planning design.
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 civil service, private practice and non-governmental organisations. Work can be directly related to conservation, but an undergraduate education in conservation does not limit graduates to the discipline of the built environment. The analytical skills developed in the programme and the multidisciplinary nature of the curriculum prepare students for a successful career in many fields.
For further information on career prospects, please refer to The Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists website http://www.hkicon.org.