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.

About the Art Conservation Department

230 Rockwell Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5025
Fax: (716) 878-5039
https://artconservation.buffalostate.edu

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, Cultural Heritage, and Archaeology: 18 credit hours
Course distribution: Qualifying courses include art history, archaeology, and classics and anthropology courses that focus on artifacts. Must include 9 credits of upper level courses. 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 non-science majors will not be accepted.

c. Studio Art and Craft: 12 credit hours (or equivalent - see note below)
Note: We also accept equivalent formal studio courses taught at museums and community centers. Each course should provide approximately 70 hours of studio time. Please submit documentation including institution name, course description, and course duration; no grade submission is required.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this 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 CONSERVATION IMAGING: TECHNICAL EXAMINATION AND DOCUMENTATION I 2
CNS 601 CONSERVATION IMAGING: TECHNICAL EXAMINATION AND DOCUMENTATION LAB I 1
CNS 602 CONSERVATION IMAGING: TECHNICAL EXAMINATION AND DOCUMENTATION LAB II 2
CNS 603 CONSERVATION IMAGING: TECHNICAL EXAMINATION AND DOCUMENTATION LAB II 1
CNS 604 CONSERVATION IMAGING: TECHNICAL EXAMINATION AND DOCUMENTATION III 2
CNS 605 CONSERVATION IMAGING: TECHNICAL EXAMINATION AND DOCUMENTATION LAB III 1
CNS 606 CONSERVATION IMAGING: TECHNICAL EXAMINATION AND DOCUMENTATION IV 2
CNS 607 CONSERVATION IMAGING: TECHNICAL EXAMINATION AND DOCUMENTATION LAB IV 1
CNS 610 POLYMERS IN ART & CONSERVATION 3
CNS 611 POLYMERS IN ART & CONSERVATION (LAB) 1
CNS 612 CONSERVATION SCIENCE: POLARIZED LIGHT MICROSCOPY, LIGHT & MATTER 2
CNS 613 CONSERVATION SCIENCE: POLARIZED LIGHT MICROSCOPY, LIGHT & MATTER LABORATORY 1
CNS 614 CONSERVATION SCIENCE: INORGANIC MATERIALS IN ART AND CONSERVATION 3
CNS 615 CONSERVATION SCIENCE: INORGANIC MATERIALS IN ART & CONSERVATION LABORATORY 1
CNS 616 TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF PREVENTATIVE CONSERVATION 3
CNS 617 TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF PREVENTATIVE CONSERVATION (LAB) 1
CNS 620 TECHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF PAINTINGS I 2
CNS 621 TECHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF PAINTINGS 1 (LAB) 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 & CONSERVATION OF WORKS OF ART ON PAPER I 2
CNS 631 TECHNOLOGY & 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 SEMINAR 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 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CONSERVATION I 2
CNS 686 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CONSERVATION II 1
CNS 695 MASTER'S PROJECT II 4

Electives (4 credit hours) *1
Select one from the following: 4
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 credit hours) 1
Select one from the following: 12
CNS 698 INTERNSHIP SUSTAINING (12)
CNS 699 INTERNSHIP (12)

Final Examination (0 credit hours)
May be oral and/or written 0

Total Credit Hours 74

*1 Selected under advisement.