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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



First Year Experience

Seminar in Composition



College Mathematics and Statistics




Intro Art History/Anthropology



Visual Acuity

Chemistry in Art



University Breadth Courses



Foreign Language Course



Introductory Art Course



Preservation of Cultural Prop I



Preservation of Cultural Prop II



General Chemistry I



General Chemistry II



University Breadth Courses



Art History/Anthropology



Foreign Language Courses



Minor Requirements


  Elective Course



Introductory Art Course



Conservation Internship



ARTC Studio



Studio Color Mixing Matching



Organic Chemistry I

Organic Chemistry II



Art History/Anthropology



Elective Course



Minor Requirement


  University Breadth Courses



Atmospheric Dynamics I



Meteorological Analysis I



Meteorological Analysis II



Seminar in Climatology

Additional Science



Art History/Anthropology



Minor Requirement



University Breadth Courses


  Elective Courses

Ready for the next step? 


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Career Outcomes