About the Conservation-Restoration Department:

The work of the Conservation-restoration study programme commenced in 1997, i.e., the founding year of the Academy of Fine Arts in Split. It is a joint study of the Academy of Fine Arts in Split and the University of Natural Sciences in Split.

The programme of study initially lasted for four years. During the academic year of 2004/2005, the study was adapted to the Bologna Process in higher education. It was conceived as an integrated five-year undergraduate and graduate programme of study upon the completion of which one is 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 metal and archaeological heritage.

Alongside ample theoretical knowledge, the programme of study also offers direct contact with cultural heritage. There are four active workshops at the Department, each specialised for treatments on specific types of materials/objects. Conservation-restoration treatments are performed in workshops at the Department or in some of the teaching bases of the Academy and in situ. The practical experience gained by the students during their study enables them to enter the community of active conservators-restorers soon after obtaining their degree.

Students work on conservation-restoration projects led by their teachers – employees of the Department. The teachers have professional titles required for performing procedures on paintings on various stretchers, polychrome wooden sculptures, stone, metal, wall paintings, mosaics, hard stone inlays, and objects of archaeological heritage. The abundance of both mobile and immobile cultural heritage of national and global significance is perhaps the main advantage of choosing this programme of study at the University of Split.

There are two active laboratories at the Department: The Laboratory of Natural Science 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.

The Vicko Andrić Award was bestowed upon The Conservation-restoration Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Split in 2012 for an outstanding contribution in the protection of cultural heritage. The award is granted by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.

One European scientific project was realised at the Department: Conservation of Art in Public Spaces / CAPuS (2018 – 2022). (http://www.capusproject.eu/)

Head of Department:
Mladen Čulić, Associate Professor
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Deputy Head of Department:
Krešimir Bosnić, Lecturer

Teaching staff:

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


Teachers from other departments:

  • Doroti Brajnov Botić, PhD, Senior Lecturer
  • Dragan Dužević, Assistant Professor
  • Barbara Gaj Ristić, PhD, Senior Lecturer
  • Robert Jozić, Associate Professor
  • Danijela Matetić-Poljak, PhD, Assistant Professor
  • Ita Prančević-Borovac, PhD, Senior Lecturer
  • Duško Violić, Senior 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 Žaper, Lecturer
  • Josipa Marić, 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 Zagora, Assistant
  • Helena Ugrina, Expert Associate

Programme of Study

Integrated Undergraduate and Graduate Study Program

  • Duration: 10 semesters, 300 ECTS
  • Enrolment requirements: passing state matriculation exams (B level) as well as entrance exam
  • Achieved title: Master of Conservation and Restoration 

Students may choose one of four available specialisations. During the first year they attend lectures regarding all four specialisations; on the second year this choice is narrowed down to two specialisations, and the desired specialisation is finally chosen on the third year. Throughout the third and fourth year specified theoretical and practical lectures regarding desired specialisations are attended. The fifth year of the study programme is intended for writing a master’s thesis.

Master of Conservation-Restoration may be employed in institutions dealing with conservation-restoration activity or in private practice.

Deputy Head of Department:
Krešimir Bosnić, Lecturer

Studijski program