The Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation is a three-year curriculum designed to educate and prepare graduate students to address comprehensive needs in the preservation of cultural property. Upon satisfactory completion, the student is awarded a Master of Science degree and a Certificate in Conservation.
This curriculum is designed to develop essential skills in critical thinking and communication; improve hand skills; introduce a spectrum of techniques and analyses in the assessment, preventive care and ethical treatment of cultural property; and develop an awareness of conservation literature, connoisseurship, and the history of technology of cultural property.
In science, the curriculum is also designed to produce scientifically literate graduates capable of understanding the fundamental chemical and physical properties of art and cultural materials, the technology of their manufacture, deterioration, and preservation; as well as graduates who will be able to draw from, and add to, the expanding scientific literature within their chosen profession. A graduating student should be able to work capably as an entry-level conservation professional.
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