Workers restore painting

Leading graduate programs in art conservation typically require for admission the following:

Science (6 credits each)
      • General Chemistry
      • Organic Chemistry

Humanities (12 to 18 credits total)
      • Art History
      • Anthropology
      • Archaeology

Studio Art
      • Drawing
      • Painting
      • Photography
      • 3-D Design (ceramics, metalworking, sculpture, textile art)

Other classes recommended, but not always required, are biology, biochemistry, geology, material science, physics, mathematics, museum studies, drafting, and library science.

Upon application to graduate programs it is required that you present a portfolio that demonstrates your dexterity, knowledge of techniques, and understanding and affinity for art materials.
You will also be expected to have, in addition to your coursework, professional conservation experience. Experience can be gained through internship, volunteer, apprenticeship, or paid work in regional, institutional, or private conservation laboratories.

Conservation and Preservation Programs in the United States

Institution Location Degree
Buffalo State - State University of New York Buffalo, NY M.S., Art Conservation
Columbia University New York, NY M.S., Historic Preservation
Fleming College Peterborough, ON Certificate in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management
NYU/IFA New York, NY M.A., Art History w/Certificate in Art Conservation
Queens University Kingston, ON M.A., Art Conservation
UCLA/Getty Los Angeles, CA M.A., Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials
University of Arizona Tucson, AZ M.A./M.S. in Related Course of Study and/or Graduate Certificate in Heritage Conservation
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA M.S. in Historic Preservation w/Advanced Certificate in Architectural Conservation
University of Texas Austin, TX M.S. in Historic Preservation
Winterthur/ University of Delaware Winterthur, DE B.A*/M.S. in Art Conservation


For more information regarding art conservation and graduate conservation programs visit the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artist Works website or any of the program websites listed above.
For advice in preparing your portfolio, you will work with your advisors and faculty.  We also recommend that you contact the Department of Chemistry for advisement in selecting appropriate chemistry courses in preparation for admission.