The UCLA / Getty Conservation Program educates and trains students in the highest standard of conservation practice. Our programs prepare graduates for careers in the preservation of archaeological and cultural materials.

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Message from the Conservation IDP Chair


Greetings and welcome to the UCLA/Getty Interdepartmental Program in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage.  I encourage you to explore our Website, which provides detailed information about our academic and research programs, faculty, staff, students and alumni. This year we modified our Admissions requirements in response to COVID-19, and changed our research and training methods to accommodate remote learning.

We are responding to the world around us in other ways, including the need for diversifying Conservation and addressing climate change. Through the Andrew W. Mellon Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation  initiative, we offer conservation workshops and mentoring to participants from underrepresented populations. Our students are involved in multiple projects to advance sustainability in the field, from investigating “green” chemicals in our labs to researching the impact of climate change on cultural heritage.

Our students and faculty perform technical research and physical interventions to preserve cultural heritage materials. We work with scholars from allied fields, along with community members and caretakers who bring cultural knowledge to our investigations. These collaborations inform conservation decision-making, aid in critical understanding of cultural heritage, and engage stakeholders in constructing narratives about the past.

Our program is comprised of three faculty members with split appointments in Conservation, Art History, Materials Science & Engineering, and Information Studies. Our staff consists of a Student Affairs Officer and a Lab Manager. Our state of the art training labs are at the Getty Villa, but institutionally we are embedded in the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, a research organization dedicated to creation, dissemination, and conservation of archaeological knowledge and heritage. The other academic program at the Cotsen Institute is the Interdepartmental Archaeology Program. We partner in joint research and programming at the Institute, and we are enriched by Archaeological and other scholars located in departments across the university. We also work closely with our colleagues at the Getty Conservation Institute and Getty Museum.

Enjoy your visit and please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

Glenn Wharton
Lore and Gerald Cunard Chair, UCLA/Getty Conservation Program
Professor, Art History and Conservation of Material Culture
University of California, Los Angeles

September 22, 2020