Winterthur/UD Program in Art Conservation

Bruno Pouliot with students

Conservator Bruno Pouliot with students Jakki Godfrey and Anya McDavis-Conway after completing treatment of the Sierra Leone dancing hat.

Winterthur and the University of Delaware jointly sponsor this three year masters level program in art conservation.  It is one of only five graduate conservation programs in North America. The faculty is composed of twelve Winterthur conservators in the Conservation Department and five faculty members from the University of Delaware Art Conservation Department.  Graduates of the program work with major museums and cultural institutions throughout the United States and Europe.

Students enter with a distribution of course work in chemistry,  in cultural context such as art history and archeology and in studio art and craft practices.  They also have at least 400 hours of experience in conservation as a volunteer or technician. They spend their first year at Winterthur rotating through an intensive block of study in each specialty that explores the fabrication, deterioration, chemistry, preservation and treatment of each type of material. During the second year each student chooses a major and an optional minor and works closely with the conservator(s) in that specialty while continuing science and elective courses. Their treatment projects and technical studies contribute to the preservation of important objects and the advancement of knowledge in the field. As part of their training, students talk about their work during conservation tours and advise members of the public at the monthly conservation clinics. During the summer and in their final year, students intern at other institutions ranging from archeological sites in Turkey and leading museums in the US and Europe to Hurricane Katrina damaged institutions on the Gulf coast.


Conservation Student Research & Activities

Student Seminars 

WUDPAC student seminars held on Wednesday afternoon during the school year are open to the public.  During the first semester, students report on their Summer Work Projects in illustrated talks designed for a general audience.  The Students' Choice lectures during the second semester allow each second year student to invite a speaker of his/her choice.

Technical Studies

Late in the spring semester, WUDPAC students report on the results of their technical study in a half day symposium that is open to the public.  These projects allow each student to choose an object of interest and perform a complete technical study using the analytical instruments available in Winterthur's Scientific Research and Analysis Laboratory.


After students complete two years of study at Winterthur and the University of Delaware, they serves a ten month internship at one or more institutions. 

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