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

​Olivia Jaeger (UD 2020) had the opportunity to participate in the WUDPAC Photograph Conservation Block to gain in-depth insight into the history and conservation of photographs alongside master’s students (Image credit Evan Krape, University of Delaware).

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

Professional conservators are your most important mentors to prepare you for the competitive nature of art conservation graduate programs. They help you connect the dots between art, material culture, and science. Professional conservation faculty are here to help you network within the field and provide hands-on learning experiences. There are 4 fulltime conservation faculty members on-site at the University of Delaware. Additionally,14 affiliated art conservation faculty members, associated primarily with the graduate program, often provide internships and courses for undergraduate students. Undergraduates at UD have an average of 6 courses with professional conservators throughout the course of their studies. The UD Art Conservation Program is unique in providing this level of mentoring and personalized learning. 

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. For example, entry into the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation 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 are required and taking another additional science course is recommended
  • At least 12 semester credits (4 courses) in Studio Arts
  • At least 400 hours of conservation experience with professional conservators

The UD undergraduate curriculum provides all of these courses and more!

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

UD offers several in-house conservation internships each semester. Additionally, students receive help finding outside internships. UD’s winter session affords a great opportunity to study abroad or hold an outside internship. Our students have interned in many institutions across the United States and around the world, including at Winterthur Museum, with Roberto Nardi (Centro di Conservazione Archeologica) on Roman mosaics in Italy, and with Dr. Caitlin O’Grady (University College London) at Kaymakçı Archaeological Project, 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. At UD we encourage art conservation students to double major, often in art history, anthropology, or chemistry, and select from a variety of minors too. This provides students breadth, giving them the opportunity to explore related interests while combining technical conservation with soft skills, maximizing the time they spend at UD.

Examples of minors commonly chosen by art conservation undergraduates include:

Africana studies, anthropology, art history, Asian studies, chemistry, fashion history, fine art, global studies, history, the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship, interactive media, Islamic studies, languages, Latin American studies, material culture studies, materials science, museum studies, public policy, and wildlife conservation.

Art Conservation training takes a village!  At UD we have the most well-developed village—after all we have been training pre-program art conservation students since 1971!  A third of our students go on for conservation-related graduate training. Even if they choose not to continue in conservation, most stay in museum-related fields, bringing a deep understanding of conservation processes and ethics to all they do!

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