History depends on those who preserve the cultural heritage of ancient and modern civilizations around the world. DU's bachelor of fine arts degree in pre-art conservation combines studio art, art history, language, chemistry and conservation techniques. We'll help you explore artistic styles and concepts while you learn how to protect cultural artifacts for future generations.

Many students work with Italian conservators in Florence, Italy during their junior year. Additional hands-on experience includes internship opportunities at major institutions, such as the Clyfford Still MuseumDenver Art MuseumDenver Museum of Nature and ScienceWestern Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts and Mountain States Art Conservation. This rigorous program can lead to careers in conservation and museum curation.

Why Study Pre-Art Conservation at DU?

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    Art students enjoy small class sizes in state-of-the-art facilities and open access to arts supplies, resources and technologies.

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    We provide local internships, enabling students to gain the experience needed to secure employment after graduation.

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    Our partnerships with the Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum and Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts give students opportunities for hands-on experiences in museums and opportunities to learn from museum professionals.

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    We introduce students to internationally renowned visiting artists, curators and scholars to expand their professional network.

Degree Requirements

  • To major in Pre-Art Conservation, students will need to complete 200 credits. Those credits include 116 credits of major coursework, 24 credits of chemistry (including an organic chemistry sequence) and 24 credits of language study. 
  • Students will also need to complete a senior project working with a conservator. 
  • Distinction in the major includes earning a minimum 3.3 major GPA, completing three studio art classes beyond the introductory level and creating a special project with an accompanying paper. 

See the DU Undergraduate Bulletin for full course requirements. 

Help protect and promote the world's greatest cultural treasures.

Learn more about how a degree in Pre-Art Conservation prepares you to make your impact on the world.

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