The four-year BA(Conservation) Degree was launched in 2012 to meet the growing professional need for graduates with an understanding in heritage conservation. The programme provides students with the competency to pursue careers in numerous related fields, as well as a solid foundation for continuing their studies in specialised postgraduate programmes in conservation and complementary academic disciplines. The analytical skills developed in the programme and the multidisciplinary nature of the curriculum prepare students for a successful career in many professional fields, whether in the civil service, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) or private practice.

The BA(Conservation) curriculum emphasises experiential and problem-based learning in the field of architectural conservation. The objective of the four-year, full-time BA(Conservation) Degree is for students to understand the complex and multi-disciplinary nature of architectural conservation in a progressive manner, starting from the conservation of single buildings, to that of streets and districts, culminating in the wider physical and social context. Courses in the curriculum provide core competencies in the history and theory of conservation and the understanding of structures and fabrics in terms of material science and construction techniques. Other courses crucial to the practice of architectural conservation, such as architectural history, documentation and visual communication are also an important part of the curriculum.

Field studies, workshops and exchange programmes with institutions in China and overseas are an integral part of the BA(Conservation). Final-year students are also provided the opportunity to undertake practical training placements in a conservation related project for a minimum of 160 contact hours. Students may be placed with an academic institution, a government agency or an NGO in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, Southeast Asia or another overseas country.

The BA(Conservation) curriculum is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). BA(Conservation) graduates are eligible to choose either the Building Control pathway or Planning and Development professional pathway and can sit for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence to qualify as chartered surveyors. Starting from 2016, under the PlusOneProgramme (POP) initiative, BA(Conservation) graduates with 1st and 2nd-Upper Class Honours will be unconditionally accepted to the MSc(Real Estate) or MSc(Construction Project Management) programmes, and BSc(Surveying) graduates with the same honours will be unconditionally accepted to the MSc(Conservation) programme.

 

Admissions to the BA(Conservation) is both rigorous and competitive. ACP encourages applications from students with a broad range of academic and cultural interests, with students from both arts and science streams being accepted. Strong proficiency in spoken and written English is compulsory. Non-local students may need to show competency in the English language. Final selection of applicants to the BA(Conservation) programme is by means of an interview.