MA Decorative Arts | New Teaching Partnership with The Wallace Collection
The University of Buckingham is delighted to announce a new teaching partnership with the Wallace Collection. The Wallace Collection houses one of the greatest collections of French Decorative Arts in the world. The University and Museum will be joining forces to collaborate on the teaching of the MA in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors, which focuses on French and British Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors from 1660 to circa 1830. This unique MA in French and British Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors, taught in partnership with the Wallace Collection, focuses on the development of interiors and decorative arts in England and France in the “long” eighteenth century (c.1660-c.1830) and their subsequent rediscovery and reinterpretation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
With its focus on first-hand study of decorative arts within historic interiors, the programme provides a vocational and academic training for those interested in the decorative arts. Many of the classes are based at the Wallace Collection and will be taught alongside the Museum’s curatorial staff. Students also have the opportunity, through the Professional Practice Project to plan an exhibition in a museum, research a project to restore a historic interior or undertake a part-time placement with a museum or heritage organisation, thereby acquiring useful vocational skills and experience. Some of our students have recently done placements with English Heritage, Strawberry Hill and the Victoria and Albert Museum.With study trips to country houses and historic interiors in Britain and Paris, the MA is designed to appeal to those wishing to pursue careers in heritage organisations, antique-dealing and auctioneering, museums, conservation, interior design or university teaching and research. However, those with a strong personal interest in studying the subject for its own sake are also very welcome.