Art Conservation (M.A. and C.A.S.)
Master of Arts Program
Program Code: MA-AH
Major Code: CNS
Certificate of Advanced Study Program
Program Code: CAS-AH
Major Code: CNS
Art Conservation Department
Patrick Ravines, Director
Rockwell Hall 230, (716) 878-5025
This three-year master of arts program prepares students for careers as professional conservators to care for works of artistic, historical, or cultural significance, from famous paintings to family heirlooms. The instructional program, which includes a 12-month internship at a museum or other institution, provides students with a broad background in conservation to help ensure continued professional growth throughout their careers. In their second year, students select objects, paintings, or paper conservation as a specialty. They may choose to focus on a subspecialty, such as ethnographic or archaeological objects, photographs, or books. A certificate of advanced study in art conservation is awarded with the M.A. degree.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (4.0 scale).
- Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
- Completion of at least the following:
- art history—21 semester hours. Courses should include broad surveys of art history and more focused studies of particular movements or works of significant artists. At the discretion of the admissions committee, courses can include up to 12 semester hours outside of an art history department. For example, classics, archaeology or anthropology courses that focus on artifacts, history of the book, history of photography, history of furniture and other material culture courses may be accepted. The admissions committee may ask for syllabi to verify the content of coursework.
- chemistry—16 credit hours: a two-semester introductory (general) chemistry lecture course with accompanying laboratory sections and a two-semester organic chemistry sequence with accompanying laboratory sections. Chemistry courses for nonscience majors will not be accepted.
- studio art (drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture)—9 credit hours.
In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.
Completed admission applications must be received by the department office no later than January 7 of the year in which admission is sought.
|Required Courses (57 credit hours)|
|CNS 600||CONSERVATION IMAGING: TECHNICAL EXAMINATION AND DOCUMENTATION I||2|
|CNS 601||CONSERVATION IMAGING: TECHNICAL EXAMINATION AND DOCUMENTATION LAB I||1|
|CNS 602||CONSERVATION IMAGING: TECHNICAL EXAMINATION AND DOCUMENTATION LAB II||2|
|CNS 603||CONSERVATION IMAGING: TECHNICAL EXAMINATION AND DOCUMENTATION LAB II||1|
|CNS 604||CONSERVATION IMAGING: TECHNICAL EXAMINATION AND DOCUMENTATION III||2|
|CNS 605||CONSERVATION IMAGING: TECHNICAL EXAMINATION AND DOCUMENTATION LAB III||1|
|CNS 606||CONSERVATION IMAGING: TECHNICAL EXAMINATION AND DOCUMENTATION IV||2|
|CNS 607||CONSERVATION IMAGING: TECHNICAL EXAMINATION AND DOCUMENTATION LAB IV||1|
|CNS 610||POLYMERS IN ART & CONSERVATION||3|
|CNS 611||POLYMERS IN ART & CONSERVATION (LAB)||1|
|CNS 612||CONSERVATION SCIENCE: POLARIZED LIGHT MICROSCOPY, LIGHT & MATTER||2|
|CNS 613||CONSERVATION SCIENCE: POLARIZED LIGHT MICROSCOPY, LIGHT & MATTER LABORATORY||1|
|CNS 614||CONSERVATION SCIENCE: INORGANIC MATERIALS IN ART AND CONSERVATION||3|
|CNS 615||CONSERVATION SCIENCE: INORGANIC MATERIALS IN ART & CONSERVATION LABORATORY||1|
|CNS 616||TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF PREVENTATIVE CONSERVATION||3|
|CNS 617||TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF PREVENTATIVE CONSERVATION (LAB)||1|
|CNS 620||TECHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF PAINTINGS I||2|
|CNS 621||TECHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF PAINTINGS 1 (LAB)||1|
|CNS 622||TECHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF PAINTINGS II||2|
|CNS 623||TECHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF PAINTINGS II LABORATORY||1|
|CNS 624||TECHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF PAINTINGS III||2|
|CNS 630||TECHNOLOGY & CONSERVATION OF WORKS OF ART ON PAPER I||2|
|CNS 631||TECHNOLOGY & CONSERVATION OF WORKS OF ART ON PAPER I LABORATORY||1|
|CNS 632||TECHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF WORKS OF ART ON PAPER II||2|
|CNS 633||TECHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF WORKS OF ART ON PAPER II LABORATORY||1|
|CNS 634||TECHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF WORKS OF ART ON PAPER III LABORATORY||2|
|CNS 640||TECHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF OBJECTS I||2|
|CNS 641||TECHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF OBJECTS I LABORATORY||1|
|CNS 642||TECHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF OBJECTS II||2|
|CNS 643||TECHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF OBJECTS II LABORATORY||1|
|CNS 644||TECHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF OBJECTS III||2|
|CNS 685||PROFESSIONALISM IN CONSERVATION I||2|
|CNS 686||PROFESSIONALISM IN CONSERVATION II||1|
|CNS 695||STUDENT SPECIALIZATION||4|
|Electives (4 credit hours) 1|
|Select one from the following:||4|
|TECHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF PAINTINGS IV (4)|
|TECHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF WORKS OF ART ON PAPER IV (4)|
|TECHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF OBJECTS IV (4)|
|Internship (12 credit hours) 1|
|Select one from the following:||12|
|INTERNSHIP SUSTAINING (12)|
|Final Examination (0 credit hours)|
|May be oral and/or written||0|
|Total Credit Hours||73|
Selected under advisement.