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Art Conservation

Leah Bright, an NEH Fellow in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art Conservation

 

Preserving Global Heritage

 

Art conservation combines science and art and puts you at the center of culture, heritage, and stewardship. Art Conservation majors often pursue a master’s degree to become professional art conservators in museums, libraries, universities and art galleries.

Our graduates are art and culture advocates on the front line, and they make a difference in this world artifact by artifact and collection by collection. Our students protect cultural resources for present and future generations. We have offered this major since 1971.

Areas of Study

  • Chemistry
  • Art History
  • Art Studio
  • Anthropology
  • Museum Studies
  • Preventive Conservation 

 

Career Options  

  • Art Conservator with Masters
  • Preservation Librarian
  • Collection Manager/Registrar
  • Museum Technician
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Art Handler in Museums or Galleries

What’s special about this program?

 

We are the only university to offer courses taught by multiple conservators at the undergraduate level. On average our undergraduates have six conservation professors, and this mentorship is vital for entry into conservation graduate programs. We have specialized courses in both theory and practice. Our faculty offer conservation-specific courses and in-house conservation internships in a variety of media. We also help students find outside internships. Our winter break affords a great opportunity to study abroad or get hands-on experience. Students have interned in many institutions across the US and abroad. 

Get involved

 

Fantastic Fridays Service Learning in the Community

Undergraduate Research

Material Culture Living Learning Community

Art Conservation, Art History and Anthropology Clubs

National and International Internships

Fulbright scholar

Sample curriculum

ARTC101

 

First Year Experience
ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

MATH114

College Mathematics and Statistics

 

 

 

Intro Art History/Anthropology

 

 

Visual Acuity
 

Chemistry in Art

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

 

Foreign Language Course

 

ART231/281/250/290

Introductory Art Course

 

ARTC301

Preservation of Cultural Prop I

 

ARTC302

Preservation of Cultural Prop II

 

CHEM103

General Chemistry I

 

CHEM104

General Chemistry II

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

 

Art History/Anthropology

 

 

Foreign Language Courses

 

 

Minor Requirements

 

  Elective Course

ART231/281/250/290

 

Introductory Art Course

ARTC464

 

Conservation Internship

ARTC480/488/489/490

 

ARTC Studio

ARTC485

 

Studio Color Mixing Matching

CHEM321

 

Organic Chemistry I
CHEM322

Organic Chemistry II

 

 

Art History/Anthropology

 

 

Elective Course

 

 

Minor Requirement

 

  University Breadth Courses

ART231/281/250/290

 

Atmospheric Dynamics I

ARTC464   

 

Meteorological Analysis I

ARTC480/488/489/490

 

Meteorological Analysis II

ARTC495

 

Seminar in Climatology
 

Additional Science

 

 

Art History/Anthropology

 

 

Minor Requirement

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

  Elective Courses

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