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 in Art 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
The scientific 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.
Please use the navigation bar to the left to learn more about
specific curriculum goals.