2020-2021 Admission Requirements for the Graduate Major in Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials


APPLYING

After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

Accepts application only for odd numbered academic years

Admission Limited to

Fall 2021

Applications are accepted only for odd numbered academic years.

Exams & GRE Types

GRE: General

Letters of Recommendation

3, one of which must come from a conservation supervisor and one from a current/former professor

UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit the following:

Portfolio: Each applicant must submit a portfolio that demonstrates an understanding of the characteristics of materials and dexterity in their handling, fabrication and preservation. Because of their common application in the conservation field, the portfolio should include samples of treatment reports, representational drawings, photography, and/or scientific illustration. Samples should demonstrate the use of drawing and photography for documentation purposes, particularly those produced during the applicant's experience in a conservation laboratory, fieldwork or exhibit preparation. Samples of other stdio arts and crafts such as painting, ceramics, sculpture, weaving, papermaking, woodworking, basketry, etc., may also be included. During the application process, applicants submit the portfolio eletronically. The portfolio should include only those examples that best represent the applicant's skill. The portfolio will be evaluated on the applicant's familiarity with materials and their handling, technical aptitude, and clarity of presentation.

Statement of Purpose.

Each applicant is required to supply a written sample (3500 words maximum) of previous research in archaeology, anthropology, art history, conservation, the sciences or related fields. This may be in the form of one or more publications, papers for college courses, conservation reports, etc.

Writing Sample

Each applicant is required to supply a written sample (3500 words maximum) of previous research in archaeology, anthropology, art history, conservation, the sciences or related fields. This may be in the form of one or more publications, papers for college courses, conservation reports, etc.

Prerequisites:

A minimum of 200 hours of documented practical experience in conservation fieldwork, laboratory experience, exhibit preparation, or similar responsibilities performed under the supervision of a professional conservator (at least one letter of recommendation must be written by a conservation supervisor) is required.

Applicants must have completed study equivalent to one academic year in archaeology, anthropology or ethnography. This requirement may be fulfilled by a full year in one subject or via coursework in two or all three of these subjects.

Applicants must also have completed one academic year of study in each of the following subjects: art history, general chemistry (with laboratory) and organic chemistry (with laboratory).

Coursework in other fields of science (physical chemistry, biology, geology, physics, materials science, etc) may be considered favorably but is not essential for admissions consideration.

Those applicants who reach the final stages of evaluation will be interviewed in person as part of the evaluation process.

Program Name

Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials

Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials is an interdepartmental program. Interdepartmental programs provide an integrated curriculum of several disciplines.

Leading to the
degree of

M.A.

Major Code

008B

Address

A210 Fowler Museum
Box 951510
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1510

Phone

(310) 825-9407

Email

schism@ioa.ucla.edu

Website

conservation.ucla.edu