The first courses on conservation and restoration, circumscribed to the field of mural painting, had been carried out within the Nicolae Grigorescu Institute of Fine Arts ever since 1970. Subsequently the department of Monumental Art – Restoration, with a double specialization, the course on restoration increased its scope by extending its interests in the area of furniture and wood painting. The department was added a chemistry laboratory and in 1990 it became an autonomous department, dedicated exclusively to the conservation and restoration of the works of art. Starting with 2011, it operates as a study program within the Department of Art History and Theory and Conservation-Restoration of the National University of Arts in Bucharest.
The students’ training involves, on the one hand, learning specialized theoretical and scientific notions, research technologies and conservation-restoration methods, and on the other hand, acquiring an adequate culture in art history, the history of artistic materials and techniques and aesthetics. Theoretical courses are carried out simultaneously with specialized practical training consisting of practical works in the Department’s laboratories and studios, in construction site visits.
During the first three years of study, the students come into contact with general notions concerning the conservation and restoration of mural painting, wood painting and sculpture, and they will specialize in one of the three directions during their graduate studies (Master’s program).
On the duration of their studies, students in the conservation and restoration study program are offered the following benefits: access to the studios specialized in the methodology of conservation – restoration of the work of art (mural painting and wood painting); access to the laboratories of physical, chemical and biological investigations, having the opportunity to use for their works within the study programs microscopy, the digital processing of data, the devices for measuring and controlling the micro-climate; access to the university’s exhibition hall, having the opportunity to organize personal and group exhibitions; the opportunity to study in the UNArte library, an area which grants access to albums, art volumes, periodicals and specialized publications in the reading room or on loan, and in the Department’s library; accommodation in the UNArte dormitories; scholarships and scholarships for low-income students; free access on the basis of an ID in all art museums in the country; free medical assistance.
Starting with 1999, the Department for the Conservation and Restoration of the Work of Art has become a constant partner in projects in the field of conservation – restoration of the work of art, with a particular interest in historical monuments. Consequently, the department participated in projects in the MIC plan, in the CERES, ORIZONT 2000, MENER, AMTRANS, CULTURA 2000 programs. Between 2002-2003, our department met the standards which allowed it to become part of the network of EXCELLENCE CENTERS.