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Preservation Studies PhD




Physical Sciences

Social & Behavioral Sciences


The Preservation Studies PhD  in the department of Art Conservation is an interdisciplinary doctoral course of study that teaches the philosophies, research methodologies, and policies informing preservation efforts focused on art, architecture, landscapes, and material culture. It is distinct from other discipline-based courses of graduate study in that it provides a mechanism to combine cross-field expertise toward doctoral study in preservation. The Preservation Studies Program prepares students to address questions regarding individual objects and works of art, collections, buildings and structures, and sites and landscapes. More specifically, it trains its PhD candidates to 1) assess the significance and cultural contexts for the production, function, reception, and preservation of all aspects of visual and material culture; 2) identify, evaluate, and implement preservation practice and policy; and 3) integrate ideas and methods from the full range of preservation-related disciplines.

The Preservation Studies doctoral program builds on unique and distinguished programs at the University of Delaware. The Preservation Studies Program may involve collaboration with faculty and physical resources in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Agriculture, Engineering, Human Services, Education, and Public Policy, Marine and Earth Studies, and the Winterthur Museum. Applicants apply to a specific area of concentration within Preservation Studies, and acceptance is contingent upon compatibility with existing University of Delaware resources.

UD Tuition:

The 2020-2021 UD published graduate student tuition rate per credit hour:

Preservation Studies–PHD: $1,898.00


Application Deadline:

February-01 Final deadline to apply

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