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 Degree Programme in Conservation

Degree Programme in Conservation (In Finnish)


Building Conservation

Qualification awarded

Bachelor of Culture and Arts

Level of qualification

The degree programme leads to a higher education degree which is a first cycle Bachelor-level degree in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). According to the eight-level classification of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) the degree represents level 6.

Specific admission requirements

Please see the Applicant's Guide or the website www.seamk.fi/hakeminen.

Applicant's Guide's instructions are written in Finnish for degree programmes taught in Finnish and in English for degree programmes taught in English. On the website, application and instructions are in Finnish language for the degree programmes taught in Finnish.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning

Seinäjoki UAS's common practices are observed in the assessment and recognition of prior learning (RPL). The final thesis and Maturity Test are not included in the RPL process. Other studies can either be replaced by courses of equivalent content or other acquired expertise. Studies completed in other institutions may also be incuded in the optional and elective studies.

To receive credit for the practical training for prior work experience a report must be submitted to the degree programme according to the practices observed. Previously acquired expertise expires in 10 years. The teacher who processes the applications may request additional information or demonstration of prior learning, if necessary. The following are used to assess prior learning:

  • Certificates from courses or other training of similar content
  • Interviews with the student in question and written reports   
  • Job references and additional information acquired from employers 
  • Skills test if necessary 
  • Comparison of the above to the goals petaining to competence in the course(s) in question

Qualification requirements and regulations

Please see the Degree Regulations of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences.

Pedagogical approach

A variety of teaching methods are used in the programme to support students' professional development, readiness for the working world and professional expertise. Students work in small groups, listen to lectures by experts, work in the laboratory, visit conservation sites, do assignments, work in projects and obtain practical experience on various conservation sites.

Students' active role in their education plays an important part in teaching. The working world and expertise demand that employees have advanced skills in information acquisition and processing and problem-solving, the ability to collaborate with others and to always be open to new learning situations, as well as the ability to combine various types of information and various disciplines with practical work. This means that students must understand what they are taught and that they must independently develop their knowledge and skills. For this reason, teaching in the conservation programme emphasises the constructivist theory of learning.

Students are encouraged to take part in international practical training and study during the course of their studies. Research and development is integrated into the curriculum on two levels: firstly, students projects related to the working world and customers, which include research and development, are carried out during individual courses and secondly, final theses are integrated into development work carried out during practical training.

Profile of the programme

Conservation is the preservation of culturally and historically valuable heritage. The purpose of the building conservation programme is to produce professionals who are specialised in the preservation of culturally and historically valuable buildings, and who possess a comprehensive understanding of the care of cultural heritage also understand documentations impact in preservation.

Occupational profiles

A degree in conservation provides students with the readiness they need to handle diverse building conservation jobs. The work of a building conservator focuses on the preservation of the culturally and historically valuable built heritage both in Finland and abroad. Conservators may function as consultants, designers/planners or as experts in projects for preserving old buildings or built environments. They may themselves carry out traditional building and practical conservation.

Building conservators may work for museums, in public administration, parishes and various foundations as well as for private property owners. They may also be employed by designing and planning offices specialised in the field, companies in the conservation field, or they may have their own business.

Access to further studies

Students may apply to complete their master's degree in conservation (See act 351/2003 concerning Finnish universities of applied sciences, in Finnish).

Course structure

The Degree Programme in Conservation is divided into Basic Studies and Professional Studies, which students supplement with elective studies, practical training and a final thesis.

The Basic Studies provide students with support for working in the profession, and emphasis is placed on the basic skills, such as information technology, languages and communication that students need in their education and later in the profession.

The Professional Studies involve study in modules where students obtain comprehensive understanding of the broad scope of work carried out in building conservation. Students learn about the conservation of wooden structures and surface treatments. However, the aim is also to familiarise students more extensively with conservation as a profession and ideology as well as with traditional construction.

Students do their practical training and final thesis toward the end of their studies. The purpose is to provide students with the opportunity to improve their facilities to work independently and responsibly in the working world. Students also have the opportunity to participate in international co-operation in a number of areas.

For the most part, teaching in the programme follows the curriculum. However, some courses may be moved to a different time or combined with other courses as needed. The study material for the course primarily consists of lecture notes. Emphasis in the programme is placed on independent study and therefore students are responsible for enhancing their field-related knowledge and skills outside the university as well.

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

Please see the Degree Regulations of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences.

Graduation requirements

Please see the Degree Regulations of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences.

Mode of study

Adult education studying is multiform (part-time).

Contact persons

Head of degree programme:
Ms Outi Orhanen, tel. +358 40 830 4158, e-mail: outi.orhanen(at)seamk.fi

ECTS departmental coordinator / International coordinator:
Ms Eija Pennanen, tel. +358 20 124 5924, GSM: 040 830 4272, e-mail: eija.pennanen(at)seamk.fi

Student counsellor:
Ms Tuija Huusko, tel. +358 20 124 5934, GSM: 040 830 4227, e-mail: tuija.huusko(at)seamk.fi

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