About the Conservation-Restoration Department:

The conservation-restoration study programme was introduced in 1997, i.e. the year the Arts Academy in Split was founded. It is a joint study programme of the Arts Academy in Split and the Faculty of Science in Split.

The programme of study initially lasted for four years. During the academic year 2004/2005, however, it was adapted to the Bologna Process and modelled as an integrated five-year undergraduate and graduate programme of study.

Students who complete the program are awarded the academic title of Master of Conservation-Restoration.

The programme of study offers four specialisations:

  • Conservation-restoration of easel paintings and polychrome wood,
  • Conservation-restoration of stone,
  • Conservation-restoration of wall paintings and mosaics,
  • Conservation-restoration of metals and archaeological heritage.

Studies include theoretical courses and those that include hands-on (practical) work on heritage objects. The Department has four conservation-restoration studios, each specialised in the treatment of specific types of materials or objects. The treatments are performed in the studios, in situ or at some of the teaching bases of the Academy (in museums, for example). The practical experience that students gain during their study enables them to enter the community of active conservators-restorers soon after obtaining their degree.

Students participate in conservation-restoration projects led by their teachers – employees of the Department. The teachers are skilled conservation-restoration professionals accredited by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia for the treatment paintings on various supports, polychrome wooden sculptures, stone, metals, wall paintings, mosaics, hardstone inlays, and objects of archaeological heritage. The abundance of both movable and immovable cultural heritage of national and global significance is perhaps the main advantage of choosing this programme of study at the Arts Academy in Split.

There are two laboratories at the Department: The Laboratory of Scientific Research in Conservation-Restoration and the Radiographic Testing Laboratory.

The Department performs numerous extracurricular academic activities: it organises guest lectures of national and international experts, theoretical and practical workshops, and scientific conferences. Every three years the International Conference of Conservation-Restoration Studies is organised. In 2012 the Department organised the first Congress of Conservators-Restorers in Croatia.

In 2012 the Department was awarded the Vicko Andrić Award for an outstanding contribution in the protection of cultural heritage. The award is granted by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia.

The Department participated in one international research project: Conservation of Art in Public Spaces / CAPuS (2018 – 2022). (

Head of Department:
Miona Miliša, PhD, Assistant Professor
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Deputy Head of Department:
Filip Rogošić, Senior Lecturer

Teaching staff:

  • Siniša Bizjak, Assistant Professor; Krešimir Bosnić, Lecturer; Mladen Čulić, DA, Associate Professor; Ivo Donelli, Full Professor; Jurica Matijević, Associate Professor; Branko Matulić, PhD, Full Professor; Miona Miliša, PhD, Assistant Professor; Filip Rogošić, Senior Lecturer; Sagita Mirjam Sunara, PhD, Associate Professor; Lara Vidaković, Associate Professor..

Teachers from other departments:

  • Doroti Brajnov Botić, Lecturer; Dragan Dužević, Senior Lecturer; Barabara Gaj, MA, Senior Lecturer; Robert Jozić, Assistant Professor; Danijela Matetić-Poljak, PhD, Senior Lecturer; Ita Praničević-Borovac, PhD, Senior Lecturer; Duško Violić, Lecturer.

Associates from the University of Natural Sciences in Split:

  • Ivica Ljubenkov, PhD, Associate Professor; Renata Odžak, PhD, Associate Professor; Stjepan Orhanović, PhD, Associate Professor; Viljemka Bučević Popović, PhD, Assistant Professor; Matilda Šprung, PhD, Assistant Professor; Elma Vuko, PhD, Assistant Professor; Mirko Ruščić, PhD, Associate Professor; Biljana Apostolska, PhD, Associate Professor; Martina Požar, PhD, Assistant Professor; Željka Sanader Maršić, PhD, Assistant Professor; Ivana Anđelić, PhD, postdoctoral researcher; Ivana Žaper, Lecturer; Ines Gusić, senior laboratory assistant; Boško Ivković, senior laboratory assistant.

External associates:

  • Marin Barišić, Assistant Professor; Joško Ćurković, Lecturer; Anita Gamulin, Senior Lecturer; Lana Kekez Kelava, Assistant Professor; Vinka Marinković, PhD, Assistant Professor; Žana Matulić Bilač, Associate Professor; Frane Mihanović, PhD, Assistant Professor; Goran Nikšić, PhD, Assistant Professor; Mirta Pavić, Assistant Professor; Nikola Radošević, Lecturer; Ivana Svedružić Šeparović, Senior Lecturer; Sandra Šustić, PhD, Lecturer; Jelena Tomasović Grbić, Foreign Associate; Jelena Zagora, Assistant.

Programme of Study

Integrated Undergraduate and Graduate Study Program

Students may choose one of four specialisations. During the first year of study, they are acquainted with all four specialisations. In the second year of the programme this choice is narrowed down to two specialisations. The final specialisation is chosen on the third year. Throughout the third and fourth year, students gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the selected field of specialisation. The fifth year of the study programme is intended for writing a master’s thesis.

Where to work after graduation?
In conservation-restoration institutions, museums or in private practice.

Portrait sketch of a department: