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University of Delaware Art Conservation Department



The University of Delaware Art Conservation Department's undergraduate program began in 1971 and its Master's in 1974.


To train art conservators to help preserve cultural treasures for future generations.

Degree Offered:

Degrees in art conservation offered include undergraduate, Master's, and PhD.

The undergrad degree is in material culture preservation, with no area of specialization; whereas, the 3-year Master's of Science and PhD degrees require a specialization chosen from seven disciplines.


Graduate students work in the Scientific Research and Analysis Laboratory (SRAL) learning how to use spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques used in art conservation.

Additionally, students learn how to analyze using scientific tools such as Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC-MS), Raman spectroscopy, x-ray fluorescence (XRF), and scanning electron microscopy with x-ray microanalysis (SEM-EDS).

Application Process:

The Dept. of Art Conservation admissions website provides detailed information for prospective students of art preservation.

Noteworthy Facts:

Students work in the Crowninshield Research Building of the Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, which has twenty-six conservation studios, and is renowned for having the largest and best-equipped museum analytical laboratories in the US.

Art conservator Dr. Joyce Hill Stoner is the Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Material Culture, and Paintings Conservator at the Winterthur, University of Delaware, Program in Art ConservationShe also founded the first Ph.D. program for Art Conservation in North America and is co-author of the Conservation of Easel Paintings: Principles and Practice (Routledge Series in Conservation and Museology)Dr. Stoner is considered as one of the top art conservators in the US. She was interviewed by Fine Art at About.com in August 2012.

Contact Info:


The Department of Art Conservation, 18 E. Main St. -
303 Old College
, University of Delaware
 Newark, DE 19716-2515 Tel: (302) 831-3489

E-mail: art-conservation@udel.edu

The Department of Art Conservation Website


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