About department

The Conservation-Restoration study program was launched in 1997, when the Arts Academy in Split was founded. In the same year a conservation-restoration study program at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb was launched. These were the first two conservation-restoration study programs in Croatia.

During the academic year 2004/2005, the four-year study program was adapted to the Bologna system of studying. It is conceived as an integrated undergraduate and graduate study program for a term of five years, which ends with the Master of Science degree / Master of Conservation-Restoration. The study program is jointly conducted by the Arts Academy in Split and the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Split.

The study program offers five specialization tracks: (1) the conservation-restoration of easel painting and polychromed wood; (2) the conservation-restoration of stone; (3) the preservation-restoration of murals and mosaic tiles; (4) the conservation-restoration of metal; and (5) the conservation-restoration of archeological materials.

With the acquisition of theoretical knowledge, the study program enables hands-on work on cultural heritage, which ultimately provides a harmonious relationship of knowledge, skills and abilities. This enables graduates to quickly join the community of conservators-restorators.

The department’s employees have permission from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia to work on images on various material, polychromed wood sculpture, stone, wall paintings, mosaics and inlays of hard stone, and archaeological and hydro-archaeological material. Conservation-restoration work on monuments is performed in workshops and in situ. There are two laboratories in the department: a Laboratory for Natural Science Research in Conservation-Restoration and a Laboratory for Radiographic Examination.

The department conducts numerous extracurricular academic activities: it organizes guest lectures by invited professors (especially in good cooperation with the Institute for Conservation-Restoration Science in Cologne), theoretical and practical workshops and scientific and professional conferences. Every three years it organizes an International Conference on Conservation-Restoration Studies. In 2012, the department organized the first Conservators-Restorers Congress in Croatia.

The Conservation-Restoration Department of the Arts Academy in Split was awarded the Vicko Andrić Award in 2012 for outstanding contribution to the protection of cultural heritage. The Vicko Andrić Award is given by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.

Head of department:


  • izv. prof. Lara Aranza, doc. Siniša Bizjak, pred. Krešimir Bosnić, izv. prof. dr. art. Mladen Čulić, red. prof. Ivo Donelli, v. pred. mr. sc. Katarina Hraste, izv. prof. Jurica Matijević, doc. dr. sc. Miona Miliša, pred. Nikola Radošević, v. pred. Filip Rogošić, doc. dr. sc. Sagita Mirjam Sunara

Associates from other departments:

  • pred. Doroti Brajnov Botić, v. pred. Dragan Dužević, v. pred. Barabara Gaj, pred. Toni Horvatić, v. pred. Joška Tea Katunarić Kirjakov, v. pred. dr. sc. Danijela Matetić Poljak, v. pred. dr. sc. Ita Prančević Borovac, pred. Duško Violić


  • doc. Marin Barišić, pred. Joško Ćurković, v. pred. Anita Gamulin, v. as. mr. art. Antonija Gluhan, doc. Robert Jozić, pred. Lana Kekez, str. sur. Marin Kelava, as. dr. sc. Vinka Marinković, red. prof. dr. sc. Branko Matulić, izv. prof. Žana Matulić Bilač, v. pred. Frane Mihanović, doc. dr. sc. Goran Nikšić, v. pred. mr. art. Mirta Pavić, v. pred. Ivana Svedružić Šeparović, pred. dr. sc. Sandra Šustić, str. sur. Jelena Tomasović Grbić, str. sur. Jelena Zagora

Associates from PMF Split:

  • poslijedoktorand dr. sc. Ivana Anđelić, red. prof. dr. sc. Nada Bezić, doc. dr. sc. Viljemka Bučević Popović, doc. dr. sc. Marijo Buzuk, v. lab. Stipe Čubelić, str. sur. dr. sc. Marijan Krstić, doc. dr. sc. Bernarda Lovrinčević, doc. dr. sc. Ivica Ljubenkov, str. sur. dr. sc. Marijana Mijaković, doc. dr. sc. Renata Odžak, doc. dr. sc. Stjepan Orhanović, red. prof. dr. sc. (T) Maja Pavela Vrančić, doc. dr. sc. Elma Vuko,v. as. dr. sc. Nenad Vuletić, v. lab. Ines Tomić, red. prof. dr. sc. (T) Jelica Zelić

Study Programs

Integrated Study Program

Students in the first year follow the lessons from all five specializations that the study program offers, in the second year they choose two specializations, and in the third opts for one of them. Over the next six semesters students take concentrated theoretical and practical lessons from their selected specialist area. The fifth year of study is devoted to the preparation of Master’s Thesis.

A Master in Conservation-Restoration can be employed in conservation-restoration institutions or in private practice.