Art - Bachelor of Fine Arts

Concentration: Museum Conservation

Art Conservation is the study of the preservation and restoration of art as well as of other cultural and natural objects. The B.F.A. degree with an concentration in Museum Conservation provides an academic structure within which students master specific sets of practical skills while developing broad professional and theoretical perspectives toward the issue of conserving objects in a museum or collection setting. By combining theory with practice, the program offers students the interpretive, quantitative and administrative skills needed for careers as conservators, curators, registrars, collections managers, exhibit designers and museum administrators, all of whom must have specialized training in the care and handling of works of art to be successful.

Select 16 credits from Option A or Option B:16
Option A 1
Organic Chemistry I3
Organic Chemistry II3
Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
Select one from the following:
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry II
Option B 2
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory
Economic Entomology
General Chemistry I4
General Chemistry II4
Organic Chemistry4
Art History
ART 295GIntroduction to Art History I3
ART 296GIntroduction to Art History II3
ART 298Writing in Art3
ART history electives 300 level or higher9
ANTH 315Introduction to Archaeology3
Select one from the following:3
Introduction to Religious Studies3
Art and Life in Renaissance Italy3
Ancient Greece3
Introduction to Public History3
History of Art, Thought and Literature3
Antiquity and Modernity3
Time Traveling Through New Mexico's Past3
Historic Preservation3
Interpreting Historic Places for the Public3
Interpreting Historic Places for the Public3
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Ancient Mexico3
Archaeology of the American Southwest3
Historical Archaeology in Latin America3
Introduction to Lab Methods in Archaeology (offered intermittently)3
Archaeology of the American Southwest3
Special Research Project1-3
Special Topics1-6
Museum Studies
ANTH 345Introduction to Museology3
ART 490Museum Conservation Internship3
Studio Art
ART 250Introduction to Drawing3
ART 260Introduction to Painting3
Studio Art Courses (200-400 level)9
Art Conservation
ART 401Museum Conservation Techniques I 33
ART 402Museum Conservation Techniques II 33
ART 403Preventative Conservation/Collections Care 33
ART 499Problems in Studio Art (recommended)1-6
Second Language Requirement: (not required)
Total Credits80-85

Recommended for students planning to attend graduate school in art conservation.


Recommended for students who do NOT plan to attend graduate school in art conservation.


Courses are open by permission of the instructor only.

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Arts- Art with a concentration in Museum Conservation there is no second language requirement for the degree.

Emphasis: Studio Art

The studio art curriculum is designed to give the student a broad, transdisciplinary understanding of the field of visual arts, including appreciation and criticism, art history, ceramics, drawing, graphic design and media arts, jewelry/metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and museum conservation. This program is recommended for those students who wish to embark on a professional career in art. The maximum number of credits counted toward graduation is 84. The maximum credits for variable courses shall be 6 credits per semester except by permission. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is a professional baccalaureate degree, which requires a senior thesis exhibition and capstone class in the final semester of study. Students seeking a BFA must apply in the spring of their sophomore year for acceptance into the BFA program - this is done via a portfolio review.

Plan of Study Grid
ART 295G Introduction to Art History I 3
ART 298 Writing in Art 3
Introductory Studio Art 200-level courses 12
Submit application to BFA Program (students may reapply as many times as necessary).  
ART 296G Introduction to Art History II 3
Introductory Studio Art 200-level courses 6
Special Topic Art Courses (300 level) 6
Art History (300 level) 3
Special Topic Art Courses (300 level) 12
Special Topic Art Courses (400-level) 6
Art History Courses (300-400) level 6
Special Topic Art Courses (400-level) 15
Art History (300/400 level) 3
ART 495 Undergraduate Studio Thesis 3-6
Thesis Exhibition/Capstone Course  
BFA students must have a thesis exhibition at the culmination of their degree.  
 Total Credits81-84

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Arts- Art with a emphasis in Studio Art there is no second language requirement for the degree.