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2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art and Materials Conservation, BA

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The BA program in Art and Materials Conservation was developed observing the American Institute for Conservation guidelines and offers students intense training in chemistry, materials science, studio art, and the humanities, as well as a year of study and hands-on practice at the Lorenzo de’ Medici Italian International Institute in Florence, Italy. Upon completion of the program, students should be prepared for graduate study or for work in the field. Students should gain a solid foundation in the philosophy and ethics of art conservation and preservation. Further, students should gain a deep understanding of the scientific basis of art and materials conservation.

As a result of successfully completing program requirements, students should be able to:

  • understand the science behind the deterioration, prevention and reconstruction of cultural artifacts;
  • have the manual dexterity, knowledge of techniques, and understanding required to work with a range of art materials;
  • understand the artistic and historical context of artwork that is under care of conservators;
  • understand the ethics and civic engagement of art restoration/conservation and authentication; and
  • professionally document their breadth of experience conserving and restoring Renaissance painting, sculpture, wood work, and/or other cultural materials.

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