We recognize that pre-program candidates to the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation may no longer have access to in-person classes or internships during these tumultuous times. The Association of North American Graduate Programs in the Conservation of Cultural Property (ANAGPIC) has compiled a list of suggestions, in no particular order, of possible ways to enhance your preparation for graduate study while sheltering in place. You can access a PDF of that document here.
The Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation is committed to addressing social equity in conservation education and to reduce barriers to our graduate program. Working with our faculty, student, alums, and other professional colleagues we aim to make our educational experiences more diverse and by extension, our profession.
To that end, we are reevaluating our admissions requirements for January 2022, recognizing that there are multiple ways to demonstrate a sustained commitment to the cultural heritage sector while also learning whether graduate conservation education is the best path forward. In the meantime, recent academic and experiential requirement revisions, effective January 2021, are detailed below.
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Please note the following revisions to the admissions requirements for January 15, 2021 applications to the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation:
Applicants to the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation must complete prerequisite coursework in art and cultural history/anthropology, studio art, and chemistry, as outlined on our Admission Requirements page, here. Owing to the global pandemic, and its impact on the availability of in-person courses and internships, the following amendments to our admission requirements will be in place for applications due January 15, 2021. The Department recognizes that making similar and other changes permanent would be a step toward providing equitable access to graduate study in art conservation. Permanent changes require multiple administrative steps that are underway. In the year ahead the Department aims to take these steps.
(A) Online Coursework. In all cases, including STEM laboratory requirements, accredited online courses will fulfill all academic course requirements.
(B) Studio Art Coursework. In the case of studio art, applicants may substitute formal studio courses taught at museums or other community centers for formal academic coursework. These experiences can be enriched with additional hours at home or independently in studio, as necessary and feasible. The goal for each studio art course is 72 hours of supervised or concentrated studio/at-home work. While a distribution of at least one course in drawing, painting, and three-dimensional design is preferred, we will consider favorably an alternate combination of studio coursework.
(C) Conservation Experience. Four hundred (400) hours of documented conservation experience under the supervision of a conservator are required, which may include involvement in supervised collection care projects such as collection assessments, rehousing, and exhibition design, as well as examination and treatment of individual artifacts. We recognize that access to on-site experiential opportunities is limited. Distance learning or remote experiences, such as the compilation of bibliographies prepared in collaboration with a supervisory conservator, the creation of a draft emergency preparedness plan, and other activities outlined in the ANAGPIC document Preparing for Graduate Study While Sheltering in Place will be considered toward the required hours and should be documented accordingly.
(D) Portfolio Format. Digital conservation portfolios with high-resolution images are welcome but not required. Should the 2021 Admission interviews be held remotely (to be determined), applicants with hard-copy portfolios will be asked to share pdf files that document a specific number of conservation projects and activities.