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CESMA’s Art Conservation program transforms art enthusiasts into professional conservationists and restoration technicians. The program leverages state of the art laboratories using the latest techniques on original artwork from its network of cultural contacts throughout Italy. Our students have the unique opportunity to perform hands on work with precious art coming from major museums and institutions.
The program is multi-subject and mainly practical. All students must complete the full cycle of materials training (painting, fresco, ceramic, stone, etc.) in the restoration lab exercises to qualify for graduation. Each student then specializes in their material of choice in targeted lab activity, field work, the internship and the final research project.
The program is accredited by the Regional Government of Piedmont on behalf of the Italian Government, the Italian Ministry of Culture, and the European Social Fund. Upon completion of all coursework, internship requirements, the final exam, and the final research project, the program awards a Specialization Degree which is legally recognized throughout the European Union¹.
All of the professors in the program are restorers and field professionals from the best companies and institutions throughout Italy.
All students need a high school degree or greater. No previous knowledge of the subject is required, however, students should be comfortable working with their hands. Each student must complete a written test and an interview to qualify for admission.
Cuorgnè, Torino, Italy. Address: via Ivrea, 100 – 10082 Cuorgnè (To). The 1200 hour course lasts 10 months, from October to July, and includes 840 hours of formal education along with 360 hours of internships that will be arranged by the school. Lessons take place Monday to Friday in the morning and the afternoon.
Internships are an essential part of the program. After studying and working in classrooms, labs and the field, students have the opportunity to measure themselves and their knowledge in a real job environment for two months. Directed and coordinated by a tutor, the internship experience can be performed in labs or worksites of private companies, museums or institutions. Some examples of internships sites:
- Fresco restoration lab of Pompeii
- Archaeological Museums of Naples & Torino
- The Vatican Museums
- The National Archives in Torino
- Torino Royal Palace