Art Conservation, M.A.

C.A.S

About the Program: 

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.

Admission Requirements: 

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum
cumulative GPA of 2.8 (4.0 scale).

2. Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

3. Completion of at least the following:
a. 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.

b. 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.

c. studio art (drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture)-9 credit hours.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program (PDF)
section in the Graduate Catalog.

Application Deadline: Completed admission applications must be received by the department office no later than January 7 of the year in which admission is sought.

Program Requirements: 

Required Courses 57 credits
CNS 600 Techniques of Examination and Documentation I (2)
CNS 601 Techniques of Examination and Documentation I Laboratory (1)
CNS 602 Techniques of Examination and Documentation II (2)
CNS 603 Techniques of Examination and Documentation II Laboratory (1)
CNS 604 Techniques of Examination and Documentation III (2)
CNS 605 Techniques of Examination and Documentation III Laboratory (1)
CNS 606 Techniques of Examination and Documentation IV (2)
CNS 607 Techniques of Examination and Documentation IV Laboratory (1)
CNS 610 Conservation Science: Properties and Behavior of Materials; Methods of Analysis I (2)
CNS 611 Conservation Science: Properties and Behavior of Materials; Methods of Analysis I Laboratory (1)
CNS 612 Conservation Science: Polarized Light Microscopy, Light and Matter (2)
CNS 613 Conservation Science: Polarized Light Microscopy, Light and Matter Laboratory (1)
CNS 614 Conservation Science: Inorganic Materials in Art and Conservation (2)
CNS 615 Conservation Science: Inorganic Materials in Art and Conservation Laboratory (1)
CNS 616 Technical Aspects of Preventive Conservation (3)
CNS 617 Technical Aspects of Preventive Conservation Laboratory (1)
CNS 620 Technology and Conservation of Paintings I (2)
CNS 621 Technology and Conservation of Paintings I Laboratory (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 and Conservation of Works of Art on Paper I (2)
CNS 631 Technology and 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 (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 Project (4)

Elective Courses * 4 credits

Select one course from the following:
CNS 626 Technology and Conservation of Paintings IV (4)
CNS 636 Technology and Conservation of Works of Art on Paper IV (4)
CNS 646 Technology and Conservation of Objects IV (4)

Internship * 12 credits
CNS 698 Internship Sustaining (0)
CNS 699 Internship (12)

Final Examination 0 credits

May be oral and/or written.

Total Required Credit Hours 73 credits

* Selected under advisement

Art Conservation

Buffalo State  •  1300 Elmwood Avenue  •  Rockwell Hall 230
Buffalo, New York 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5025  •  Fax: (716) 878-5039

artcon@buffalostate.edu