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Undergraduate intern Annabelle Fichtner working with an archaeology pottery conservation project at the Arizona State Museum in Tucson, with Dr. Nancy Odegaard.


Art Conservation Major

The Art Conservation Department offers an undergraduate degree in Art Conservation that helps prepare students for graduate-level study in conservation of material culture, historic preservation, museum studies, library science, or other allied fields. Material culture includes objects made or modified by humans, such as photographs, archival documents, decorative and fine arts, clothing, domestic possessions, toys, tools, machines, motion pictures and videotape, ethnographic materials, archaeological remains, natural history specimens, and architecture.

What Makes For A Successful Student?

Alum during her internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art while an undergraduate. She is now an alum of the Buffalo Graduate Program working with stained glass conservation at the Met.

Conservation is an interdisciplinary field that builds upon a strong foundation in chemistry, studio arts, art history, history, fine arts and anthropology. We encourage students to double major or minor in related disciplines including, Anthropology, Art History, History, Fine Arts, Chemistry, Foreign Languages, Museum and Material Culture Studies to better understand our material past. 

To be a practicing conservator it is necessary to have a specialized graduate degree.  Our undergraduate program helps to prepare students, but does not guarantee entry into the conservation graduate programs.  Following graduation, our Art Conservation undergraduates will be able to:

  • Apply basic chemistry to the understanding of art and artifact deterioration
  • Evaluate and apply essential preventive conservation strategies to collections
  • Understand the ethics involved in preservation-related professions
  • Advocate for the preservation of cultural heritage
  • Write thorough condition reports for art and artifacts
  • Be useful conservation technicians and collection managers.
  • Apply for Conservation/Preservation graduate Programs
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  • The Department of Art Conservation
  • 303 Old College
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-3489