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Art Restoration and Conservation Studies Bachelor’s Degree

Earn a B.S. in Conservation Studies in Florence, Italy

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.

Why Earn an Art Restoration and Conservation Studies Bachelor's Degree in Florence, Italy

Photo of student in Conservation Studies programAn Art Restoration and Conservation bachelor's degree offers great opportunities for travel and work all over the world, in a wide variety of countries and cultures, languages and religions. For university students, studying in the Art Conservation and Restoration Department it means exactly that. Through the Art Conservation major, students have traveled to Nepal in collaboration with the University of Kathmandu to work in both Hindu and Buddhist temples. They have also found themselves in India restoring frescoes and paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries. In 2007, they traveled to Chile to restore works of art at the Pablo Neruda Museum. While other Marist-LdM study abroad Art Conservation and Restoration students have stayed in Florence restoring paintings and sculptures by some of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance like Donatello and Michelangelo.

All art restoration work is done under the watchful eye of the Conservation Studies faculty members who are also experts in their field. From the beginning to advanced levels, Art Restoration students can enjoy the unique experience of working on original works of art both in the state-of-the-art restoration and conservation laboratory as well as on the nearby historical sites.

Art Restoration and Conservation Studies Bachelors Degree Careers

  • Art conservator
  • Forensic artist
  • Reproduction Artist

Requirements for A Bachelor's of Science in Conservation Studies and Art Restoration B.S. Degree

Note: A minimum of 60 credits in Liberal Arts is required.

Course Requirements (33 Credits)

  • ART110 Basic Drawing/PDM130 Principles of Drawing
  • ART160 History of Western Art I/ART180 Art History I: Antiquity to Renaissance
  • CHEM370/RES210 Science for Conservators I
  • CHEM380/RES290 Science for Conservators II
  • CONV110/RES185 Drawing for Conservators
  • CONV150/RES140 Furniture, Wood Objects and Gilding Conservation
  • CONV200/RES230 Theory of Conservation
  • CONV220/RES245 Historical Painting Lab
  • CONV305/RES345 Historical Painting Techniques Lab
  • CONV400/401/RES400/RES405 Working Group Project in Track
  • CSIS 103 Information Literacy

Course Requirements (52 Credits)

Pick three (3) courses in one of the following:

Fresco Technique and Mural Painting or Painting:

  • CONV180/RES160 Fresco Painting and Restoration I
  • CONV280/RES260 Fresco Painting and Restoration II
  • CONV380/RES360 Advanced Fresco Painting and Restoration

Polychrome Wooden Sculpture:

  • CONV190/RES175 Painting and Polychrome Wooden Sculpture Cons. I
  • CONV290/RES275 Painting and Polychrome Wooden Sculpture Cons. II
  • CONV390/RES 375 Adv. Painting and Polychrome Wooden Sculpture Cons

Three (3) courses in an advisor-approved studio art media such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, lithography, etc.
Pick two (2) of the following:

  • ART290 World of Museums /ART230 World of Museums: Museology
  • ART267 Exhibition Managements/ART380 Exhibition Management
  • ART318 International Art Business/ ART297/BUS290 International Art Business
  • ART331 Art Expertise/ART405 Art Expertise
  • Any upper level advisor-approved Art History course

Core / Liberal Studies & Foundation Requirements (36-39 Credits) 

Elective Course Requirements (24-27 Credits)

Total Requirement for Graduation (120 Credits)

The Marist-LdM program is the only four-year U.S. bachelor degree program in Florence, Italy. Courses are taught in English by international faculty. In addition to art restoration focused classes related to the major, undergraduate students begin taking university-level courses in Marist College's recognized core-curriculum designed to develop undergraduate students' critical thinking, writing, and communication skills. This provides students with a balanced education preparing them for either continued education or a professional career.