The entire Third Year (or internship) is spent under the supervision
and mentoring of conservation professional(s) at one or more host
institution(s) or private laboratories, where the student functions as a
cooperative and productive staff member. The fundamental objectives of
this year are to broaden the student’s exposure to specialty object
problems and treatments; to refine hand skills; to build confidence in
object assessment, decision-making, and analytical abilities, and to
improve report-writing skills. Monthly and bi-monthly reports are
submitted by the students to their faculty supervisors and members of
their advisory committees, who regularly review the progress of the
internship through these reports and personal contact. At the end of the
Third Year, the students submit a portfolio and present formal
30-minute talks that summarize their work, which includes the second
summer work project and the third -year internship. Oral examination by
the faculty advisory committee is also required to satisfactorily
complete degree requirements for a Master of Science in Art Conservation
and a certificate in Conservation.
completion of the Third Year, a student should demonstrate (note that
these characteristics should be an integral part of all three years but
are perhaps best acquired following completion of the Second Year):
- Professional behavior, institutional accountability, and professional responsibility.
- Skill in performing complex treatments using a range of conservation procedures and techniques.
to make independent judgments regarding the extent of conservation
treatment to be performed on individual objects or entire
- Ability to develop alternate or innovative
solutions to problems using traditional approaches and new
technologies or techniques.
- Ability to interpret and utilize current literature, scientific data, and research.
to make decisions relating to the preservation of cultural
property, and to establish priorities for such recommended action.
to conduct collection assessments and conservation surveys, and in
doing so identify the nature or properties of the materials, the
causes and extent of deterioration, and practical/realistic options
for their short and long-term preservation.
- Awareness of
personal strengths, limitations, and areas for improvement,
including the ability to accept and provide constructive criticism.
- Ability to function as an effective and productive member of an interdisciplinary project team.
- Time management skills and the ability to identify and formulate priorities for action.
- Awareness of appropriate behavior within an organizational structure.
The development of these skills, knowledge, and abilities will
continue through one’s professional career. Ideally, initially this
will take place under the supervision of an experienced conservation
professional and/or through an advanced fellowship opportunity.