Art and Materials Conservation (BA)
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Columbia’s Art and Materials Conservation BA program is a rigorous, chemistry-heavy program that was developed based on research of graduate programs in Art Conservation around the United States. One of the few undergraduate programs of its kind in the country, it is designed to prepare you to be accepted into—and succeed in—competitive art and materials conservation graduate programs.
Your time in the classroom is focused on the fundamentals of the chemical and physical properties of art materials, as well as art and art history. But you won’t just learn in the classroom. In your third year of the program, you’ll travel with your fellow students to Columbia’s partner school, Lorenzo de Medici Italian International Institute in Florence, Italy, where you’ll work with renowned art conservators and professors. In your fourth year, you’ll gain invaluable experience working with Chicago-area conservators through internships coordinated by the department.
What to Expect Your First Year
Hands-on Experience in Italy
Our faculty members offer expertise in myriad topics, including chemistry and art history. They've also forged relationships with top companies throughout Chicago.