The second half of the program takes you into the field. Year three is spent in Florence, Italy—one of the most celebrated and art-rich cities in the world—gaining hands-on experience conserving art and artifacts. After the conclusion of this year-long immersive program, you’ll receive a certificate degree that will make you more competitive in graduate school applications.
The highlight of your last year is an internship with a Chicago-area conservator, completed in your final semester. This internship, which we coordinate for you, allows you to observe the conservation process first-hand and build relationships with top names in the local conservation field. You’ll take a capstone class, in which you’ll focus on the history, ethics and philosophy of art conservation. You’ll also begin creating your portfolio and preparing for graduate school opportunities.
In addition to these opportunities, you’ll take classes in organic chemistry and anthropology and choose from elective classes in history and science.