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The UCLA/Getty Master’s Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials will equip students with a range of skills and knowledge that will help them respond effectively to changing needs and conditions in the field of ethnographic and archaeological conservation. The courses will stress the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and decision-making, and prepare students to operate in a number of potential contexts.



  • Science Fundamentals in the Conservation of Materials: CAEM 211 
  • Cultural Materials Science I: Analytical Imaging and Documentation in the Conservation of Materials: CAEM M215
  • Principles, Practice and Ethics in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage Materials: CAEM 221
  • Structure, Properties and Deterioration of Materials: Ceramics, Glass, Glazes: CAEM 260 


  • Science of Conservation of Materials and Methods I: CAEM M216 / Mat Sci M216 
  • Conservation Laboratory: Ceramics, Glass and Glazes:  CAEM 230
  • Structure, Properties and Deterioration of Materials: Stone and Adobe:  CAEM 261 
  • Structure, Properties and Deterioration of Materials: Organics:  CAEM 262
  • Structure, Properties and Deterioration of Materials: Metals:  CAEM 263 


  • Cultural Materials Science II: Characterization methods in the Conservation of Materials:  CAEM 210 
  • Cultural Materials Science Laboratory (Technical Study):  CAEM 210L 
  • Conservation and Ethnography: CAEM 222 
  • Conservation Laboratory: Metals I:  CAEM 234 



  • Conservation Laboratory: Stone and Adobe:  CAEM 231
  • Conservation Laboratory: Organics I:  CAEM 232 
  • Environmental Protection for Museums, Libraries, and Archives (Preventive Cons) :  CAEM M240 
  • Structure, Properties and Deterioration of Materials: Rock Art, Wall Paintings, Mosaics:  CAEM 264 


  • Conservation Laboratory: Organics II:  CAEM 238 
  • Conservation Laboratory: Metals II:  CAEM 239 
  • Conservation Laboratory: Rock art, Wall Paintings and Mosaics:  CAEM M250 – Ioanna Kakoulli
  • MA Thesis Preparation: CAEM 598


  • Field Methods in Archaeological Conservation: Readiness, Response, and Recovery:  CAEM 220 
  • Conservation Laboratory: Organics III: CAEM 241 
  • MA Thesis Preparation: CAEM 598
  • Elective or Directed Independent Studies: CAEM 596

In addition, students will undertake a summer internship between their first and second years, and an internship during the third year of the program.

*For the elective, students can take either a course offered at UCLA or register for Directed Individual Studies (CAEM 596) with one of the faculty members to undertake a research project or conservation treatment for the term.

Other Courses taught by our faculty include:

Archaeology C180/C280 – Ancient and Historic Metals: Corrosion, Technology, and Microstructure – David A. Scott

This course is an overview of the technology of ancient metals, aspects of extraction and alloying, corrosion that ancient metals undergo, and how this impacts their preservation. The course explores the knowledge and research work of the last two decades that has substantially advanced the understanding of processes of extraction, alloying, surface patination, metallic coatings, corrosion, and microstructure. Laboratory work is conducted in the preparation and examination of metallic samples under the microscope, and lectures are given on the technology of metallic works of art. The discussion of phase and stability diagrams of common alloying systems and environments is included. Students have the opportunity to examine and learn about metallographic study samples representing Bronze Age Europe, Renaissance Europe, China from Warring States to Tang dynasty, Japanese sword making, Indian high-tin bronze alloys, bronzes, and Peruvian, Colombian, Costa Rican, and Panamanian copper and gold-copper alloys.

Art History C103D – Issues in Materials Preservation – David A. Scott

This course will provide an introduction to the preservation of cultural heritage materials. What should be preserved and why, as well as who should be involved in the decision-making process will be addressed. Issues of the preservation and restoration of these cultural materials will be discussed both in museum and outdoor environment contexts. Materials and techniques used to make cultural heritage materials will be briefly described, in relation to the preservation efforts needed to prevent decay and loss.

Chemistry & Biochemistry 19 – Chemistry and Art: A Dialogue – David A. Scott

This Fiat Lux Freshman Seminar explores the relationships between chemistry and art and how modern chemical knowledge can be used to analyze the composition of artifacts, ranging from ancient pigments to Renaissance metals. The ability to authenticate works of art is an important part of the chemical investigation of antiquities, which will be discussed in this seminar.


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