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DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE:
Patricia Rubin, Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE, DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE STUDIES:
Alexander Nagel, Professor of Fine Arts.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE FOR FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATION:
David O’Connor, Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Ancient Egyptian Art.
DIRECTOR OF MASTERS STUDIES:
Katherine Welch, Associate Professor of Fine Arts.
SHERMAN FAIRCHILD CHAIRMAN OF THE CONSERVATION CENTER:
Hannelore Roemich, Professor of Conservation.
At present the Institute conducts four excavations: at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods at Samothrace in Greece; in cooperation with the Faculty of Arts and Science, at Aphrodisias in Turkey; at Selinunte, Sicily; and, in cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University, at Abydos in Middle Egypt. Advanced students are invited to participate in these excavations and may be supported financially by the Institute.
The Stephen Chan Library of Fine Arts and the Conservation Center Library are non-circulating collections that serve the research needs of currently registered students, faculty, and visitors upon application. Office hours during the academic year for the Stephen Chan Library of Fine Arts are Monday and Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; for the Conservation Center Library, they are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The Institute Visual Resources Collection is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. The Photographic Archive is open by appointment and permission of the curator. The study room is open during regular building hours. Consult the Institute’s Curator of Visual Resources for details of other available services.
Master of Arts In the History of Art and Archaeology
The program is two years of full-time study or three years of part-time study for those with established professional careers who wish to continue working while attending the Institute. For part-time study, each student devises a course of study together with the Director of Masters Studies; a typical course load for part-time students would be two courses per semester for the first two years, and one course per semester in the final year of study.
Master of Science in Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
Students interested in the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works program must meet the following requirements prior to application: hold a B.A., B.F.A., or B.S. degree in any major; complete a minimum of four undergraduate courses in upper-level art history, beyond the introductory and/or survey level; and complete a minimum of four laboratory science courses at the college level, of which organic chemistry I is required. Other laboratory science coursework could include: “general” chemistry I & II, organic chemistry II, physics, biochemistry, biology or a materials science course. Ideally, a full chemistry track is preferred (“general” chemistry I and II and organic chemistry I and II). Prospective applicants must also demonstrate a reading knowledge of French, German, or Italian, or the clear intent to obtain such ability (to be tested once the student begins the program).
Dual Degree Master of Science in Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works – Master of Arts in the History of Art and Archaeology
Seventy three (73) points are required for the dual degree. Seven art history courses (28 points) in three major areas are taken, including at least two seminars that must be in two different areas. Foundations I, FINH-GA 2035, and a Foundations II course are taken the first semester of the first year. Directed Research, FINH-GA 3535 is taken while the student writes the M.A. thesis in the third year. Fifteen conservation courses (45 points) are taken, beginning with a two-year cycle of core classes that introduce students to the fundamentals of material science, conservation, and preventive care. These core conservation courses are: Material Science of Art & Archaeology I and II, FINH-GA 2101 and 2102; Technology & Structure I and II, FINH-GA 2103 and 2104; Instrumental Analysis I and II, FINH-GA 2105 and 2106; Principles of Conservation, FINH-GA 2107; and Preventive Conservation, FINH-GA 2108.
Doctor of Philosophy Program in Fine Arts
In addition to the requirements for admission to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (see the Admission section of this bulletin), candidates for the Institute of Fine Arts must have a good background in the liberal arts, normally including at least four courses of undergraduate art history. The Graduate Record Examination is required of all applicants. As part of the admission procedure, applicants who have already obtained a master’s degree in art history are requested to provide a copy of their thesis as their writing sample.