Post-Bac in Conservation
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Conservation
Pursue one year of intensive conservation graduate study at SACI in a hands-on, U.S.-accredited post-baccalaureate program in Florence, Italy.
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Conservation: Program Highlights
- Flexible one-year study abroad program designed for students who want to pursue graduate study and/or careers in art conservation
- Rare hands-on opportunities to learn traditional and contemporary conservation techniques
- Field trips throughout Florence and Italy with extensive on-site learning experiences
- Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
The post-baccalaureate year abroad program in conservation provides a strong foundation for students thinking about careers as conservators and diagnosticians. This flexible program also offers unique opportunities for students who intend to earn an MFA, MA, or PhD, and want to build a strong portfolio to prepare for application to an advanced degree program. Guided by faculty who are both dedicated mentors and active art conservators, students explore academic, practical, technical, and business facets of conservation study and practice. Students live and study in the historic heart of Florence, with special access to our Painting Conservation and Archaeological Artifacts studios, located in SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni, a landmark 16th-century Renaissance palazzo. Students in the post-baccalaureate certificate program earn 30 credits of course work within one academic year and complete 300-350 hours of practical training.
Students in the Post-Bac in Conservation program follow an intensive curriculum that requires a high degree of commitment and self-discipline. Students explore academic, practical, technical, and business aspects of conservation and work intensively in the Major Discipline. Students also have the opportunity to complete Directed Independent Study courses, which complement classroom courses and are completed with one-on-one guidance from instructors. During the Spring semester of the program, students complete a Final Paper and Final Presentation and present a finalized Thesis to the Graduate Review Board.
Visit the Post-Bac in Conservation program curriculum page for detailed information regarding program curriculum contents.
Major Disciplines in the Conservation Program
Design a program of study based on your interests and career goals. Our Conservation post-baccalaureate program offers the following major discipline options:
- Painting Conservation
- Conservation of Archaeological Artifacts
- Mural Conservation
Experiential Learning in the Post-Baccalaureate in Conservation Program
We believe in offering students as many opportunities as possible to learn through experience and draw directly on the cultural resources of Italy and Europe. After choosing a specialized field, you’ll gain hands-on experience restoring paintings and artifacts that are part of Italy’s rich cultural heritage. You’ll meet with some of Italy’s top conservators and explore approaches and diagnostic systems for the conservation of paintings, drawing, sculpture, textiles, wood, paper, and archaeological artifacts. There are also opportunities to receive an Italian State certificate for conserving officially-recognized cultural heritage works. Additional classes offer practical lessons in conservation law and business practices.
There are numerous travel opportunities built into the program, including visits to conservation laboratories, museums, and reproduction studios in Florence and elsewhere in Italy. The post-baccalaureate program also includes field trips to places such as the Vatican Conservation Laboratories and ICCROM in Rome, and painting reproduction studios in cities like Verona and Milan.
Careers and Networking
SACI’s one-year post-baccalaureate program in conservation offers students the opportunity explore graduate study in different areas of conservation while developing a significant body of work and making valuable career connections in the art community. This includes opportunities to interact with SACI’s Artists & Designers Council and the Friends of SACI, which include established artists, critics, curators, and publishers, many of international renown.
Graduates of SACI’s post-baccalaureate program have gone on to earn diplomas and advanced degrees from top-ranked conservation programs in the United States and around the world. Notable programs:
- United States: New York University, Winterthur/University of Delaware, UCLA/Getty Museum, University of Texas at Austin, and SUNY, Buffalo State College
- Canada: Queens University
- United Kingdom: Cardiff University, Durham University, Courtauld Institute of Art, Hamilton Kerr Institute, Northumbria University, University College of London, and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation Sussex
- Netherlands: University of Amsterdam
- Switzerland: Scuola Universitaria Professionale dell Svizzera Italiana (SUPSI)
- Italy: University of Bologna
Our graduates have also worked as conservators at prestigious museums and institutions around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City; the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco; the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.; the Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey; the Chinese American Museum and the Fowler Museum at UCLA in Los Angeles; the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada; the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; the Von der Heydt Museum in Wuppertal, Germany; and the Royal Library in Copenhagen, Denmark.
They have also taught at University College London, worked at conservation studios, and headed conservation firms throughout the USA.
Discover More about the Post-Bac in Conservation Program
- End-of-Year Virtual Exhibit: View Conservation-Restoration Projects and Thesis Research by 2019-20 Post-Bac in Art Conservation Students
- #Insieme200: SACI Conservation & Art History Departments Collaborate with U.S. Consulate for Bicentennial
- Mural Conservation Instructor Daniela Murphy Gives TEDx Talk in Lucca, Italy
- “Dipinti fuori dal carcere,” a Presentation of Restored Treasures from Porto Azzurro
- Portrait of Elia Volpi Restored by Conservation Department for Rome Exhibit
- “Wells of Wonders: New Discoveries from Cetamura del Chianti,” Restored by SACI Conservation Students, at the National Archaeological Museum of Florence
- "UNDERWATER: Objects & Artifacts Restored by SACI” Presents Works Damaged by the Florence Flood of 1966