Art History & Art Conservation

DEPARTMENT OF

Art History & Art Conservation

DEPARTMENT OF

Art History & Art Conservation

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Master of Art Conservation Program

Graduates from the Queen’s Master of Art Conservation program are employed worldwide in conservation laboratories and research facilities in art galleries, museums, libraries, archives, and independent conservation studios. Graduates have also gone on to Ph.D. programs in North America, Europe, and Australia.

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In the Art Conservation Treatment Stream, students specialize in the conservation of paintings, artifacts or paper objects, undertake a research project and are required to complete two 12-week summer internships. In the Art Conservation  Research Stream, students complete original research and a thesis with no conservation treatment component. To learn more about the two streams, including academic prerequisites and other requirements, please click the links below.  


Research Stream (please see more information on the School of Graduate studies website here)

Academic Prerequisites

Conservation Science Research Stream:

  • Four-year Honours bachelor degree in the sciences or engineering with a minimum B+ average (or equivalent).
  • Three terms of chemistry at the university level, including at least one term of organic chemistry, all courses preferably with a laboratory component.
  • A minimum of two full-year courses in art history, ethnology, archaeology, or equivalent.

Mid-Career Research Stream:

  • Four-year Honours bachelor degree in humanities, sciences or engineering with a minimum B+ average (or equivalent).
  • One full-year, post-secondary course in fine art studio or workshop practice (or equivalent).
  • Three terms of chemistry at the university level, including at least one term of organic chemistry, all courses preferably with a laboratory component.
  • Applicants with an undergraduate degree in the humanities must have a minimum of five full-year courses in art history, ethnology, archaeology, or equivalent.
  • Applicants with a science or engineering undergraduate degree must have a minimum of two full year courses in art history, ethnology, archaeology, or equivalent.
  • Minimum of five years of work experience as a conservator.

Other Requirements:

  • Good visual sensitivity and manual skills.
  • Experience in conservation or conservation science is highly recommended.
  • For international students, if required, a minimum TOEFL total score of 600 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120.

Applicants offered an admissions interview will be required to present a portfolio of their work.


Treatment Stream (please see more information on the School of Graduate studies website here)

Academic Prerequisites

  • Four year Honours bachelor degree in humanities, sciences or engineering with a minimum B+ average (or equivalent).
  • One full-year, post-secondary course in fine art studio or workshop practice (or equivalent).
  • Three terms of chemistry at the university level, including at least one term of organic chemistry, all courses preferably with a laboratory component.
  • Applicants with an undergraduate degree in the humanities must have a minimum of five full-year courses in art history, ethnology, archaeology, or equivalent.
  • Applicants with a science or engineering undergraduate degree must have a minimum of two full year courses in art history, ethnology, archaeology, or equivalent.

Other Requirements

  • Good visual sensitivity and manual skills.
  • Experience in conservation is highly recommended.
  • For international students, if required, a minimum TOEFL total score of 600 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120.

Applicants offered an admissions interview will be required to present a portfolio of their work.


Applications must be submitted online. You will need to submit a brief Statement of Interest outlining your background, career aspirations and why you wish to study art conservation as part of the online application. You will also need to submit a Curriculum Vitae as well as a brief description of each of the required courses you have taken or are currently enrolled in. You will also need to provide two letters of recommendation (you have the option of having your referees submit recommendations to Queen's electronically), as well as your official transcript, which can be uploaded as a PDF. Please visit the School of Graduate Studies website for further information regarding the Application Process

Application Deadline: 15 January of each year. Interviews are held in March. Please click here to begin the application process.

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Assistant at artcon@queensu.ca or 613-533-2742.