module specification

DN6012 - Major Project Realisation: Furniture Restoration (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Major Project Realisation: Furniture Restoration
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass)
Total study hours 300
180 hours Guided independent study
120 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Project Work
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module enables furniture restoration students to prepare for practice in the workplace or for higher studies. In this module, you will carry out the project conceived and developed in Project Design and Development, fully conducting and presenting it in appropriate form by the end of the module.

You will exercise and display your abilities in selecting, analysing and applying knowledge, skills and understanding to a negotiated and fully researched project in order to properly understand your strengths, interests and position in your field, and the potential for your future professional development.

You will show that you understand the complex and changing nature of problems in the professional discipline of furniture restoration and can devise and apply realistic strategies for constructing, applying and managing a process designed to provide solutions.

A professional standard of practical work, contextualisation and presentation will be expected, providing the elements for a portfolio of practice with which you may enter the field of employment or self-employment or further studies.

Prior learning requirements

Pass and Completion of Level 5

Module aims

This module seeks to enable you to:

• Devise a fully holistic process to realise the outcomes of a furniture restoration research & development  project
• Achieve outcomes of a professional standard of realisation and presentation
• Contextualise and present your outcomes to a professional standard, showing that you have understood and managed complex and ambitious tasks
• Work independently, self-reflectively and with concern for the ethical issues and principles attached to your project showing your understanding of your particular strengths, interests and position in your field, and your potential for further development


Through a negotiated and agreed individual project, you will gain experience of:

• Planning, recording, managing and conducting a process for the production and completion of a researched proposal
• Aligning skills and knowledge in various areas of expertise and endeavour – technical, intellectual, creative, organisational, critical and interpersonal – to the successful conclusion of an integrated project
• Liaison with industry figures in the pursuit of the project
• Professional expectations of styles and quality of presentation
• Critically assessing your own work against standards expected in your field

Learning and teaching

Projects will seek to enable a range of learning opportunities such as;
• Formative feedback from industry specialist staff
• Professional mentoring
• Self directed and managed study and practice
• Critique and creative feedback from peers
• Online fora to share progress and support
• Acquisition and deployment of higher level skills in practice

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module, you will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding
Transform and realise the outcomes of a furniture restoration research and development project into a holistic plan for the conduct of the project intended

Cognitive Intellectual Skills
Work independently, managing complex problems and tasks, critically analysing your own work and defending it including in the context of ethical issues arising

Transferable Skills
Show your work in a fully contextualised way and to a professional standard, explaining or illustrating your position in your field, your strengths and interests and how you can continue to develop your professional capacity

Subject Specific Practical Skills
Carry out such a plan, achieving professional standards of project management and realisation/ presentation as appropriate and expected in the disciplines of furniture restoration.

Assessment strategy

At regular critiques or tutorials students are expected to produce a coherent account of their project progress, together with critical evaluation of successes and failures to date. Formative feedback will be given in response to the project plan. The final mark is given at the end of the module, following assessment of a comprehensive portfolio of all relevant developmental and presentation work and the final outcome itself.

All students are required to undertake formal interim presentations with evidence of continuous reflective journals responding to studio critique and tutorial guidance. Work presented will be subject to formal studio feedback from a panel of disciplinary specialists. This will inform final assessment marks and must be considered and acted upon by the student.

Work must be carefully organized and presented to indicate the development of work and the content clearly labeled. Students are required to attend timetabled studio and workshop sessions.


Ashley-Smith, J (1992) The Ethics of Conservation, OUP
Keene, S (1990) Managing conservation, UKIC
Oddy, A (ed) (1992) Art of the Conservator, BM Publications
Plenderlieth and Werner  (1990) Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art, OUP
Schultz, A (1992) Caring for your Collections, Abrams

Codes of Ethics: 
UKIC (United Kingdom Institute for Conservation)
AIC (American Institute for Conservation)