• Kelsey Wingel undergraduate summer internship in objects at the Met

    Undergraduate internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York


Art Conservation Major

The Art Conservation Department offers an undergraduate degree in Art Conservation that helps prepare students for graduate-level study in conservation of material culture, historic preservation, museum studies, library science, or other allied fields. Material culture includes objects made or modified by humans, such as photographs, archival documents, decorative and fine arts, clothing, domestic possessions, toys, tools, machines, motion pictures and videotape, ethnographic materials, archaeological remains, and architecture.

Conservation is an interdisciplinary field that builds upon a strong foundation in chemistry, studio arts, art history, history, and anthropology. We encourage students to double major or minor in related disciplines including, Anthropology, Art History, History, Chemistry, Foreign Languages, and Material Culture Studies to better understand our material past. 

To be a practicing conservator it is necessary to have a specialized graduate degree.  Our undergraduate program helps to prepare students, but does not guarantee entry into the conservation graduate programs.  Following graduation, our Art Conservation undergraduates will be able to:

  • Apply basic chemistry to the understanding of art and artifact deterioration
  • Evaluate and apply essential preventive conservation strategies to collections
  • Understand the ethics involved in preservation-related professions
  • Advocate for the preservation of cultural heritage
  • Write thorough condition reports for art and artifacts
  • Be useful conservation technicians and collection managers.


  • Recent undergraduate working at the Met