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When considering an Art Conservation undergraduate program keep these questions in mind:​

 1. How many professional conservators are full-time faculty and teach in the undergraduate program?

Professional conservators are your most important mentors for preparing you for the competitive nature of graduate programs in our field.  They help you connect the dots between art, material culture, and science. Professional conservation faculty help you network within the field and provide hands-on learning experiences. At UD there are 6 fulltime conservation faculty members.  Also there are 14 affiliated conservation faculty members who are associated primarily with the graduate program, but undergraduates can and do have internships and courses with these affiliated faculty members too.  Undergraduates at UD have an average of 6 courses with professional conservators.  The UD Art Conservation Program is unique in providing this level of mentoring. 

 2. Does the program provide all the required courses needed for applying for conservation graduate programs?

Because US conservation graduate programs have prerequisites, be sure that the undergraduate program you select provides all of these. The UD Master’s program requires:

· At least 18 semester credits (6 courses) in a variety of cultural artifact traditions

· At least 16 semester credits (4 courses) in chemistry for science majors + another science course is recommended

· At least 15 semester credits (5 courses) in Studio Arts, two of which are drawing courses

· At least 400 hours of conservation experience with professional conservators

At UD our undergraduate curriculum provides all these courses and more!

 3. Does the program offer in-house and outside internships with professional conservators?

At UD we offer several in-house conservation internships each semester.  Also we help students find outside internships as well. Our winter break affords a great opportunity to study abroad or hold an outside internship. Our students have interned in many institutions across the US and abroad.  This summer our students will be interning with Roberto Nardi in Italy, Dr. Caitlin O’Grady (University College London) at an archaeological site in Turkey, to name a few.  See our list of recent internships.

 4. Can you double major or minor in related areas?

Conservation is by nature an interdisciplinary field.  Students should not be pigeon-holed into an art conservation major alone.  At UD we encourage art conservation students to double major, often in art history, anthropology, or chemistry, and they can select from a variety of minors too.  This provides breadth and gives opportunities to combine technical conservation with soft skills (e.g. writing, communication etc…) within four years.

Examples of minors at UD include: Chemistry  Art History  Anthropology  Interactive Media  Public Policy  Wildlife Conservation  Materials Science  Material Culture Studies  Languages  Latin American Studies  Black American Studies  Asian Studies  Islamic Studies  Global Studies  Fashion History  Fine Art   Horn Program in Entrepreneurship & Nonprofits  History and Museum Studies.

Art Conservation training takes a village!  At UD we have the most well developed village, after all we have been training preprogram students since 1971!  A third of our students go on for conservation-related graduate training.  If not conservation, most stay in museum related fields.

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