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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 program An 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 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 (64 Credits)

  • ART 160 History of Western Art I | ART 180 Art History I: Antiquity to Early Renaissance
  • ART 180 History of Western Art II | ART 186 Art History II: High Renaissance to the Present
  • Any 200 level or above advisor-approved Art History course
  • CHEM 131 General Chemistry I with Laboratory | CHM 135 General Chemistry I with Laboratory
  • CHEM 132 General Chemistry II with Laboratory | CHM 136 General Chemistry II with Laboratory
  • CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I + CHEM 215 Lab | CHM 221 Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory
  • CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II + CHEM 216 Lab | CHM 222 Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory
  • CONV 110 Drawing for Conservators | RES 185 Drawing for Conservators
  • CONV 150 | RES 140 Furniture, Wood Objects and Gilding Conservation
  • CONV 200 | RES 230 Theory of Conservation
  • CONV 220 | RES 245 Historical Painting Lab I
  • CONV 305 | RES 345 Historical Painting Lab II
  • CONV 400 or 401 | RES 400 or RES 405 Advanced Project in Track
  • ART 231 Introduction to Digital Media | GRA 185 Digital Graphic Techniques Fundamentals


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

Fresco Technique and Mural Painting:

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

Painting and 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. See the course catalog for a full list.

Core / Liberal Studies & Foundation Requirements (37 Credits) 

Elective Course Requirements (19 Credits)

Total Requirement for Graduation (120 Credits)

The Marist-LdM program is the only four-year U.S. bachelor's 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.