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Overview

Acquire specific heritage conservation skills in the assessment, interpretation, management, formulation of policy, and documentation of culturally significant places. You will be develop methods and practices of conservation, design and building new structures in old settings, and the history, theory, law and policy of this unique area. Heritage Conservation teaches you the techniques, approaches and methodologies required to work as a heritage consultant in policy development or regulation enforcement, or as a cultural historian and commentator. This exciting field of study is much more than just the simple preservation of existing buildings. Instead, our Heritage Conservation program trains you to understand the social value and embedded capital of significant sites, and determine what should be preserved for future generations. Your degree in Heritage Conservation allows you to draw on our Faculty's extensive history in this profession, being the first university in the Asia-Pacific region to offer a program in Heritage Conservation. This program combines the technical and aesthetic principles of architecture and architectural history with the social value of our past. You will be educated in the use of new and old material, alteration design, additions and modifications to existing buildings, and the sustainable, ethical and equitable development of sites in light of its past uses. By engaging with history, your role as a heritage consultant is to provide value to building owners, visitors and cultural bodies, all of which have a shared interest in understanding, adapting and preserving our heritage. More detail on the Program (including course planner, credit request forms and timetable links) can be found at the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning home page .

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Study plan
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Heritage Conservation complete 48 credit points (cp) made up of at least four core units of study (30cp) and one optional unit (6cp) from the list offered by the course, and two electives (12cp) from those available within the faculty, subject to meeting prior learning requirements and timetabling.

Units of Study

Admission requirement

A successful applicant for admission to the Diploma of Heritage Conservation will hold a bachelor's degree. Students who complete the Graduate Diploma with a WAM of 70 or higher are able to apply to to continue into the Master in Architectural Science in the same course stream. Masters and Diploma students may also opt to graduate with a lower level of certification once the required units are complete. Please note that students may commence studies in Semester 2, however some courses are only available in part-time capacity due to the units on offer.

Career Pathways

Heritage consultants skills are in demand by government and cultural agencies, development firms, historical societies and architectural and urban planning firms. Graduates may also be employed as social commentators, historians or cultural observers. The dual focus of this program, building design and policy formation  equips you to enter either area, and there are an increasing number of opportunities with government and councils to work on conservation projects within their electorates. The approaches taught in this program are recognised internationally, and our internationally-focused approach to conservation education makes your skills readily transferrable to other countries.

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Domestic students

International students

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