The Institute's former short course dispensation was maintained from 1994 – 2014. Today, the Institute's academic endeavours centre on its one-year, postgraduate diploma programme,“Technical Conservation Studies”. This groundbreaking programme was successfully accredited by the Council on Higher Education during December 2016 and the inaugural presentation is currently underway.
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Under this heading, the candidate may also find further information on the postgraduate programme, faculty staff, internship prospects, the future summer school programme, as well as opportunity for distance, bridging studies.
The Institute's 15 hectare campus is located in the village of Twee Riviere, in the Southern Cape coastal region of South Africa's Eastern Cape Province. Twee Riviere, which recently celebrated its 250th year, is one of several communities which took root during the mid-1700's across the length of this 150km long, fruit-growing valley known as Langkloof (“Long Valley”). The Institute's facilities encapsulate a number of historic structures and buildings, arranged within this attractively landscaped institutional environment. Though naturally much history pre-dates, the current operations of the campus only ensued with the Institute's founding in 1994...
The Institute's Blueprint Science for Conservation® specialist supply service was founded in 1994 and today constitutes the leading supplier of conservation materials, tools and equipment in South Africa. Blueprint conducts its popular and well-established mail order supply service from the Institute's campus grounds, where it simultaneously administrates an on-campus branch of the South African Post Office. While Blueprint imports, stocks and distributes in excess of 800 specialist conservation items for a wide range of corporate and private clients, it also serves as an in-house supply and requisition service to its host institution, lending support to the Institute's postgraduate training programme and field work.
Though in essence an institution of higher learning, the Institute's academic and technical expertise also lends itself to a range of consultative, analytical and remedial conservation services. These services are routinely retained or contracted by other academic or heritage institutions, architects, significant collections, facility managements, metropolitan councils or the State.
Private individuals seeking studio conservation services can generally be assisted with a referral to an independent, private conservation practitioner within their geographic area. In rare and exceptional cases, such requests from the public may be endorsed by lecturers of the academic programme itself - if it is thought that doing so will serve specific, current aims of teaching or research.