About Us

The Interdepartment Program (IDP) in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials, administered through the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, grants two degree programs focusing on cultural heritage preservation. One is a three-year M.A. degree in Conservation, which is a collaborative effort between UCLA and the Getty Conservation Institute. The other program is a PhD in the Conservation of Material Culture (CMC). The mission of the program is to educate and train students in the highest standard of conservation practice and decision-making and to prepare them to work as professionals in the preservation of archaeological and cultural materials.

As a land grant institution, the faculty and administration at UCLA acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (Los Angeles basin, So. Channel Islands).

Message from the Chair

Greetings and welcome to the Interdepartmental Program (IDP) on the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials (CAEM). 

Conservation is a fascinating field. Conservators work hands-on with beautiful and unique cultural heritage objects that present interesting challenges to scientists and curators alike.

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