The IICAH curriculum is taught by expert instructors who work with the students from one to four weeks. This ensures that different subjects are taught by individuals with the highest qualifications and experience. The program also builds long-term mentoring relationships between participants and instructors to foster ongoing learning. Mentors facilitate the participation of former students in international conferences and research, and provide advice and contacts to assist them in continuing their education outside the IICAH. Mentors are also available for consultation with former students and their colleagues after they return to their home institutions. With this level of ongoing professional support and engagement, Iraqi professionals trained at the IICAH are prepared to sustain the mission and programs of the IICAH over the long term, multiplying the project's benefits through teaching and outreach over time.
The language of instruction is English, the international language of the preservation profession, with in-class interpretation. In order to ensure that IICAH graduates are able to access professional information in English as well as interact with their international peers and contribute as professionals to the field, the program includes intensive language instruction tailored to those needs.
IICAH candidates are nominated by their home organization in consultation with the Academic Director. Students receive continuing education credit from the The University of Delaware for each course. To view images from the 2012 graduation ceremony, click here.
The Collections Conservation Program
The Collections Conservation Program is designed to give students a broad and deep understanding of how to preserve museum collections, not just fix individual artifacts. The first-year courses are designed to introduce participants to current concepts and techniques in Preventive Conservation, empowering them to better care for Iraq’s cultural heritage. Incorporated preservation practicums at each participant’s respective cultural institution ensure that there is an immediate and visible outcome during the training period. Participants selected for the advanced course receive intensive training in conservation treatment strategies and project planning with increasing responsibility for the treatment of diverse artifacts from various institutions. Advanced participants also hone critical thinking skills in the professional application of preservation principles, and serve as teaching assistants and assistant instructors for the first-year introductory courses to begin developing Iraqi capacity to provide preservation instruction.
Architectural and Site Conservation Program
Courses in Architectural Site Conservation provide students with an education in the theoretical and practical aspects of preserving built heritage. The eighteen-week course is divided into two modules of classroom instruction at the Iraqi Institute, and one week for a practicum project that individual students carry out in the field. The introductory class accepts up to 12 students, and the advanced class accepts up to 5 students. The same topics are taught to both introductory and advanced level students (in different classes); advanced courses provide more information and depth than the introductory level.
Archaeological Site Preservation Course (First Offering: April-July 2013)
Key topics in the Archaeological Site Preservation Course include strategies for identification, evaluation, prioritization, and stabilization of archaeological sites. The course will have classroom and field components to ensure an equal balance of theoretical and practical learning experiences. The course will be offered twice, for up to twelve students in each course, in 2013. The first course, detailed below, will begin 28 April and end on 3 July. Specific topics and dates for the second course are to be determined.