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Undergraduate intern Annabelle Fichtner working on an archaeology pottery conservation project at the Arizona State Museum in Tucson under the supervision of Dr. Nancy Odegaard.

Welcome!

Art Conservation Major

The University of Delaware’s Art Conservation department offers an undergraduate degree in art conservation that helps prepare students for graduate-level study in the conservation of material culture, historic preservation, museum studies, library science, or other allied fields. Material culture includes all objects made or modified by humans, such as photographs, archival documents, decorative and fine art objects, clothing, domestic possessions, toys, tools, machines, motion pictures and videotape, indigenous and archaeological objects, natural history specimens, architecture, and more!

What Makes For A Successful Student?

​Amaris Sturm, alumna of both the undergraduate and masters programs at UD conserves a chandelier as part of her WUDPAC third-year internship at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

Conservation is an exciting, 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 studies, or material culture studies to better understand our material past. 

A specialized graduate degree is required to be a practicing conservator. Our undergraduate program helps to prepare students for graduate school, but does not guarantee entry into an art conservation graduate program. 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 art conservation and/or historic 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
  • art-conservation@udel.edu