I would like to begin by admitting I am behind. I have just returned from my THIRD interview, but have not talked about my second one, so first I will do that. Alright, that means this post is about NYU.
The New York University Conservation Center is a really wonderful program that offers a very different approach to graduate studies in conservation. Unlike the other two program, New York University's conservation program is actually a degree in Art History and a certificate program in Conservation, so it's essentially a dual degree. It has the same conservation core classes, and a BEAUTIFUL lab/building that is located in a historic home on the upper east side on Manhattan, but it also asks students to take a variety of Art History courses, at an even more incredible building down the street. It is also an additional year of study: three years of coursework with a fourth year internship (as opposed to a two year program with a third year internship)...so what does this all mean?
Well, it terms of Art History, you can't be anywhere better than New York City, obviously. The NYU program offers a lot of opportunities for students, with flexibility for students in terms of coursework and interests. You can do a lot with what the program provides you--its New York, the opportunities are endless, as are the bagels.
The students and staff at the program were incredibly helpful and honest about their experiences in the program and in the city. New York itself plays a lot into the program, conservators at area institutions help students, and students often work at local conservation labs to help make ends meet. It really allows someone to get fully entrenched in New York's conservation community while also receiving a great, well rounded education. And taking art history classes all the while not only informs your treatment, but is just plain fun.
The NYU program is really wonderful and offers a very different take on conservation training while maintaining all the traditional needs and courseload. It also happens to be in an amazing city with a wonderfully glamorous school. No big deal (very big deal). Ultimately, it's a great program and congrats to those who will be accepted. We shall see if I am lucky enough to be one of them.