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 help students secure internships, enabling them to gain the experience needed to apply to graduate conservation programs.

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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 art conservation.

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

Degree Requirements

  • Students normally complete 200 credits, including 116 credits of art, art history, and conservation; 24 credits of chemistry (including an organic chemistry sequence); and 24 credits of language study.
  • Students also complete a conservation internship and a senior project working with a conservator.
  • Distinction in the major includes earning a minimum 3.3 major GPA and going above and beyond the normal senior project and presentation.

See the DU Undergraduate Bulletin for full course requirements. 

Applying to Pre-Art Conservation

In addition to completing the DU undergraduate application, Pre-Art Conservation majors must complete a portfolio and apply directly to the major. Students may turn in their portfolio and apply at the same time that they apply to the university, or they may begin as a student in the Art or Art History BA program and apply to Pre-Art Conservation within their first two years at DU. Those who begin in Art or Art History should work with the program's advisor to make sure they are taking the right classes to stay on track for the Pre-Art Conservation degree. 

To indicate your interest in Pre-Art Conservation and get more information about the portfolio requirements, please contact the program advisor, Scott Montgomery.


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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