Art conservation is an exciting and challenging multidisciplinary field involving the examination, interpretation, analysis and conservation of cultural, historic and artistic objects. Professional conservation scientists and conservators must rely on their knowledge of both the humanities and the sciences to understand the creation and production of material culture in past and present contexts and to ensure its preservation for the future. Queen’s University offers Canada’s only art conservation Master's degree program. Conservation scientists may perform analyses for identification, determine deterioration mechanisms, and work with conservators to develop treatments.
A two-year research program is offered to science and engineering graduates, leading to a career in conservation science. A one-year mid-career research stream is also available to practising conservators wth at least five years of experience.
Peta Bailey, Graduate Assistant
Art Conservation Program
Art Centre Extension
15 Bader Lane
Kingston, ON, Canada, K7L 3N6
Phone: 613.533.6000, ext. 77776
E-mail is preferred: email@example.com
Application Deadline: January 31
Interviews are usually held in March.
"My time in the MAC program was wonderful. There is a great family atmosphere and the professors and staff are incredibly helpful and supportive. The education I received at Queen's has definitely put me ahead of the crowd in terms of pursuing jobs, and no matter where I am working in the heritage field I have my Queen’s MAC education as my foundation for success."
Master of Art Conservation (M.A.C.): Two years for conservation science program and a mimimum of one year for mid-career program.
Research Stream: Four advanced lecture courses, original research, and a thesis, with no conservation treament component; research is individually designed to suit the background and interests of students and faculty. Topics may be in history of technology or other conservation-related areas.
Students in the research streams may have opportunities to work with humanities, science, and engineering departments at Queen's and may undertake projects with museums, galleries, archives, the Canadian Conservation Institute and industrial partners.
Research students may undertake a 12-week summer research internship in Canada or abroad, depending upon the focus of their research.
Initial contact should be made with the department’s graduate assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org) before getting in touch with a potential supervisor.
M.A.C.research graduates work in conservation research facilities, art galleries, museums, archives, and related cultural institutions. Students have gone on to Ph.D. programs in North America, Europe, and Australia.
Funding is available through Queen’s Graduate Awards and other internal awards. Some students may qualify for teaching assistantships in their second year.
Students are also encouraged to apply for external funding such as NSERC, SSHRC and OGS. Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 top-up award by Queen’s. Funding may be available from the research supervisor.
Conservation Science Research Stream:
Mid-Career Research Stream:
Applicants offered an admissions interview will be required to present a portfolio of their work.
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