Through collaboration with an academic institution engaged in the development of a new academic program, the GCI was able to achieve two important objectives fundamental to our educational missionto provide training and information to conservation professionals, and to support the development of conservation's educational infrastructure.
During 2002-03, the Getty Conservation Institute collaborated with the Centre for Sustainable Heritage of the Bartlett Graduate School, University College London, in an educational partnership. The objectives of the project included the following:
- development of a curriculum document to serve as a blueprint for a new Master of Science (MSc) degree in the conservation and management of heritage buildings, collections and sites;
- a two-phase course, Historic Buildings, Collections and Sites: Sustainable Strategies for Conservation, Management and Use, which incorporated and tested some portions of the curriculum, teaching materials and strategies that form part of the MSc course.
A curriculum document is an important tool in the educational planning process. Among other things, it defines:
- the professional profile and competencies of graduates;
- teaching and learning aims and objectives;
- a core curriculum;
- teaching strategies;
- faculty orientation and development;
- didactic materials and other resources;
- evaluation mechanisms.
This course for mid-career professionals was offered in two phases. Many of the instructors who will eventually teach in the MSc course participated in the short course in order to become oriented to the goals, curriculum, and teaching materials that will eventually be integrated into the MSc. In addition to faculty from the Bartlett, UCL's Institute of Archaeology and the School of Library, Archives, and Information Studies took part in this project.