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Art Conservation Curriculum

To earn a bachelor’s degree students must complete 124 credits and meet specific requirements as outlined in the University of Delaware undergraduate catalog. The following plan is only one example; each student determines their course work in consultation with a faculty advisor. The average number of credits per semester ranges from 14-17. Winter and summer sessions can help lighten regular semester course work. Remember to check graduate school requirements to be sure you are fulfilling both graduation and graduate entrance requirements. We encourage students to major or minor in related fields such as chemistry, art history, anthropology, a language, art, material culture studies (minor only) etc. A double major within the College of Arts and Science requires 124 credits total (not 154). Be sure to use Advising Central!

A sample schedule for four years at UD​:


 Fall SemesterSpring Semester

Conservation Intro (ARTC 101) 1

University Math Req. (MATH 114) 3

Critical Reading & Writing (ENGL 110) 3  

Color Studio (ARTC 185) 3

Intro Art History/Anthropology (100s) 3

Elective/Breadth Requirement 3

Trad. Drawing (ARTC 280) 3

Art Hist/Anthro (200-400) 3

Foreign Language (105/106) 4

Foreign Language (106/107) 4

Note: A not-for-credit summer internship in a registration department of a museum would be a great first experience, or perhaps a conservation internship or Summer Service Learning.


Fall Semester  Spring Semester

General Chemistry I (CHEM 103) 4  

General Chemistry II (CHEM 104) 4

Presrvtn of Cult Prop I (ARTC 301) 3

Presrvtn of Cultural Prop II (ARTC 302) 3   

Foreign Language (107) 4

Art Hist/Anthro (200-300) 3

Art Hist/Anthro (200-300) 3      

Elective/Breadth Requirement 3

Elective/Breadth Requirement 3 or

Art (243/281/250/290) 3 

 Art (243/281/250/290) 3

Note: Students are encouraged to seek non-credit (or for credit) summer internships. 


Fall Semester   

Spring Semester

Organic Chemistry (321& 325) 4

Organic Chemistry (322&326) 4

Trad. Paint Studio (ARTC 488) 3

Color Science (ARTC 210) 4

  or Forensics (ARTC 390) 3

ARTC Studio (ARTC 480/488/489/490) 3   

Art (243/281/250/290) 3

Art Hist/Anthro (200-400) 3

Internship (DLE) (ARTC 464) 3

Art Conservation Internship (ARTC 464) 3

Note: Study Abroad during a winter session would be great!  6 credits.

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  • The Department of Art Conservation
  • 303 Old College
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-3489