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B.S. in Conservation Studies

Marist College
Program overview
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
29 August 2022

17 January 2023

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About this program

B.S. in Conservation Studies

Earning a Bachelor’s degree in Art Restoration and Conservation Studies while attending university in Florence, Italy is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Florence, Italy is the cradle of Renaissance civilization - the place where Dante, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci were inspired to create. Today Florence, Italy remains home to some the greatest works of art the world has ever known.

The Marist College Conservation Studies and Art Restoration Bachelor’s degree program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to learn to care for and restore these invaluable pieces of art and history.

The Marist College Art Restoration and Conservation Studies B.S. program offers a rich educational experience in the field of art conservation and the history of techniques. Our Art Restoration and Conservation undergraduate students will work directly and exclusively on original materials from the 14th to 19th centuries. These opportunities are provided by religious, state, or even private institutions including the City of Florence, Italy Fine Art Department, and are carried out under the direction of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Artistici. While at university, Art Restoration and Conservation Studies Bachelor's degree students have the privilege of working on objects ranging from paintings, frescoes, and wood sculpture from the medieval period through to the 19th century.

Admission requirements

  • Submit official Secondary School transcript (official English translation into the US system)
  • Personal Essay
  • Two letters of recommendation for freshmen applicants, one letter for transfer applicants
  • Forward official results of the SAT or ACT exam if you want the Admission Committee to consider your scores. Marist is SAT/ACT optional.
  • *English Proficiency Exam results if you are a non-native English-speaking student. Marist accepts the TOEFL or the IELTS:
  • TOEFL - Students must submit a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL exam or a 213 on the computer-based TOEFL or an 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam.
  • IELTS - Students must submit a minimum score of 6.5All test scores must come directly from the Testing Service to Marist College. Note: the Marist report code is 2400. Copies of test scores will delay the admission process since an I20 will not be issued without official documents. Please note: TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.
  • Telephone interview with a Marist staff member. The estimated length of the interview is 10-15 minutes.
  • If you are applying for Studio Art, Interior Design, or Fashion Design, please complete and submit the corresponding portfolio requirements.

*Note: The English Proficiency Exam result requirement can be waived for students who have met any of the following criteria:

  • Completed or are pursuing an International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Attained a minimum score of 500 on the SAT Critical Reading or Writing section
  • Attended a U.S. or international school taught in English for a minimum of four years without any English as a Second Language courses

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

  • History of Western Art I | Art History I: Antiquity to Early Renaissance
  • History of Western Art II | Art History II: High Renaissance to the Present
  • Any 200 level or above advisor-approved Art History course
  • General Chemistry I with Laboratory | General Chemistry I with Laboratory
  • General Chemistry II with Laboratory | General Chemistry II with Laboratory
  • Organic Chemistry I + Lab | Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory
  • Organic Chemistry II + Lab | Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory
  • Drawing for Conservators | Drawing for Conservators
  • Furniture, Wood Objects and Gilding Conservation
  • Theory of Conservation
  • Historical Painting Lab I
  • Historical Painting Lab II
  • Advanced Project in Track
  • Introduction to Digital Media | Digital Graphic Techniques Fundamentals

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please visit the college website for more information.


Tuition fee: $43,410.00

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the college website.

Career paths

  • Art conservator
  • Forensic artist
  • Reproduction Artist

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Marist College

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required...

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Marist College

3399 North Road
12601 Poughkeepsie New York
United States of America (USA)

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