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Qualification

Spanish Royal Decree 635/2010 of 14 May regulates, at a national level, the basic contents of degree-level art education in the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property pursuant to Organic Law 2/2006 of 3 May on Education.

Pursuant to an informative note from the Ministry of Education issued following approval of this Royal Decree at the Council of Ministers on 14 May 2010, the objectives of this regulation are as follows:

to set out the contents of Degree-level education in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in the context of Spanish Higher Education planning within the European framework;

to define the basic contents of study programmes leading to obtaining the qualification of Degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property;

to establish the cross-curricular and general competences of the Qualification of Degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property and the specific competences and professional profiles for each specialisation;

to set out the subjects in which basic training is to be given and the required subjects for each specialisation, with their descriptions and the corresponding number of credits.

This Royal Decree is the culmination of a long process whose main objective has been to preserve teaching quality and ensure that future professionals in the sphere of conservation and restoration will be properly qualified, by positioning them in a higher education space in accordance with their own, specific level of excellence. Following its approval, each Autonomous Community had to develop specific programmes of study for each qualification and territory.

The current Programme of Studies of degree-level art education in the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property for the Autonomous Community of Madrid came into force following publication of Decree 33/2011 of 2 June (Official Journal of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, BOCM, of 14 June). From that time, our training has been registered in the new Madrid Higher Education Space, with all pertinent rights, and this represents a new undertaking to achieve social recognition and excellence in non-university higher education studies. The success of this initiative will require all of the support and dissemination that Education Administration is prepared to offer, at least until it has been completely consolidated in society.