WGC offers Israel’s only bachelor’s degree (B.A.) program in Conservation of Sites and Monuments in Israel. Attracting students nationwide, including professional architects engineers and other experts, this unique program provides education and training in the conservation of heritage structures and sites in Israel and throughout the world. Buildings and monuments in ancient Akko are particularly emphasized due to the College’s geographic location and its close relationship with the city and its residents.
The program is based on an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to provide students with general education and training in a number of basic humanistic disciplines: history, archaeology, architecture and art, as well as in technology, engineering and sciences related to conservation. Different aspects of the fields of conservation are addressed from a number of perspectives. Together, these combined courses provide students with a broad spectrum of information and training for future positions in the conservation of historical buildings and sites.
Structure of the Program
First year: Studies focus on four basic disciplines: History, Archaeology, Architecture and Art, which provide a comprehensive knowledge base for conservation studies. Courses include: Introduction to the Archaeology in the Land of Israel, Introduction to Conservation, Heritage of the Classical World, History of Architecture and History of Art. A special field-course dealing with conservation during excavation takes place during the summer in Hippos-Sussita.
Second year: Advanced courses include: Documentation of Buildings, Approaches to and Methods of Conservation, Technologies and Materials, Aspects of Modern Architecture, and more. A class on the heritage and development of Israel’s coastline illustrates the tension between conservation and development in different parts of Israel. The workshop on the conservation of materials, held in the new conservation laboratory, and classes on construction theory, involve the students in practical aspects of contemporary conservation and preservation of stone.
Third year: The emphasis moves from general and theoretical subjects to practical training in conservation, relating to specific sites and monuments. Courses include: Technologies and Materials for Conservation, Engineering Problems in Conservation, Conservation Technologies in Archaeological Sites, and a class on Museums and their contribution to Heritage Conservation. The final project in the third year is applied research on varied conservation perspectives. This provides students with practical experience relating to a variety of challenges in the field of conservation of sites and monuments.
Head of the Department of Conservation
Dr. Nadav Kashtan