The art conservation minor provides students with an experience in cultural preservation built on chemistry, art, and art history. Students who complete this six- to eight-course minor will acquire a foundation in chemistry, experience the creative process of design, and identify the artistic heritage of art. They will integrate this knowledge in an experience that considers how the chemical composition of a work of art can impact its appearance and properties and how scientific testing can inform approaches taken to preserve or restore art.
The program is designed to expose students to art conservation so they can explore possible interest in fields of cultural preservation, library science, art history, art, chemistry, and materials science, amongst others. Students considering a graduate program in or related to art conservation should consult with a program coordinator, and the websites of relevant graduate programs, as soon as possible for additional recommendations.
Beyond the Classroom
Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.