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?
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?
US conservation graduate programs have prerequisites, be sure that the
undergraduate program you select provides all of these. The UD Master’s
· 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!
3. Does the department offer in-house and outside internships with professional conservators?
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
4. Can you double major or minor in related areas?
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.
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