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Upon completion of the program, students earn a combined Master's Degree in art history and an Advanced Certificate in conservation.
Admission requirements and prerequisite coursework includes:
Courses taken in fulfillment of the application requirements must be completed from an accredited institution on a grade basis and not pass/fail, with grades of B or higher. Online coursework and high school advanced placement credit is not accepted. The last course in fulfillment of prerequisite coursework may be completed up to and including, but not beyond, the spring semester prior to beginning study at the Center. Organic chemistry I must appear on your transcript at time of application, which means you have already taken it or are taking it in the fall semester. The conservation program does not have rolling admissions; incoming classes begin study in the fall semester only.
*Qualified applicants are extended an invitation to interview (late March) with the admissions committee, comprised of full and part-time conservation faculty. At the interview, applicants must present evidence of their familiarity with as wide a range of artists’ materials and techniques as possible through a portfolio of relevant studio arts and, if applicable, prior conservation work. The portfolio comprises a maximum of five studio pieces and no more than one treatment. Portfolios may contain examples of traditional artist techniques, e.g. watercolor, acrylics, or oil paintings; photography; pen and ink drawings; life drawings; pastels; charcoals; ceramics, sculpture, etc.; or more non-traditional techniques, e.g. glassblowing; needlepoint, costuming, knitting; furniture making; jewelry making; or bookbinding, papermaking, etc.
Pre-program conservation experience is deeply encouraged but not required of applicants.
Candidates applying to the conservation program must submit an online application, with supporting materials, to the Graduate School of Arts and Science by the mid-December application deadline. Visit the Graduate School of Arts and Science website for more details (http://gsas.nyu.edu/page/gradHome).
Foreign students wishing to enter the conservation program must satisfy the same requirements demanded of U.S. students.
Candidates for the master's degree in art history at the Institute may apply for transfer into the conservation program after completing the requisite science and studio preparation.
Candidates wishing to be considered for admission to the Institute for Fall 2014 should submit their applications before December 18, 2013.
Applications are processed electronically by NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) Office of Admissions, email@example.com, 212-998-8050.
Applications to the IFA are submitted electronically through GSAS on-line.