Pre-program conservation experience is not a requirement for application. However, most applicants to the program do in fact have some degree of experience within the field of conservation, and this enhances their applications. For this reason, it is strongly advised that prospective applicants try to gain some experience as a volunteer in a conservation laboratory.
It frequently happens that applications are not complete when we receive them and so we are prepared to accept transcripts and letters of recommendation after the due date of January 31. If your application is still not complete when reviewed by program faculty (generally around mid-February) then you will be contacted and asked to supply any missing items.
The School of Graduate Studies does not allow deferrals. You must reapply in the calendar year for which you wish to be accepted, by submitting a new application and paying the application fee.
Please do not send any portfolio material with your application. If you are called for an interview you will be asked to bring a portfolio with you and the instructions will be given to you at that time.
Generally, not more than 10 images and a maximum of 5 pieces of small artworks.
It is preferable for both parties if the interview is held in Kingston—and it is easier for the faculty to judge your work firsthand. However, if this is not possible, other arrangements can be made.
Interviews generally take place during the month of March.
There is no specific format to the portfolio; digital images, slides, prints, drawings, paintings, etc. are all acceptable. Small works are preferred for portability.
The statement of interest should be a page or so about your background and career aspirations, and why you wish to come to Queen's University for graduate studies.
It may be possible to have your transcript and curriculum vitae evaluated. Contact the program's Graduate Assistant to make these arrangements. You would also be welcome to pay a personal visit to discuss requirements and to see our labs, however please make an appointment before coming to the Art Conservation Program.
The studio course requirement is essential for admission to the Art Conservation program. Because of the difficulty students may encounter fulfilling this requirement we are prepared to accept courses taken at the Community College level, and we may also consider courses offered at private art schools. In the latter case it is up to the applicant to prove that the course content is equivalent to courses offered by educational institutions. Some courses may be more relevant than others, depending on the treatment stream in which you are interested. Courses in pottery making, jewelry making, spinning and weaving, stained glass construction, etc., are appropriate choices for the Artifact Conservation stream. Courses in painting, drawing and printmaking are suitable choices for the Paper and Painting Conservation streams. We do not stick rigidly to these divisions but it is essential to have some knowledge of art and craft materials and techniques.
The science prerequisites are three terms of chemistry at the university level, including at least one term of organic chemistry, all courses preferably with a laboratory component.
Topics in these courses would include equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics, behaviour of gases, electrochemistry, structure and bonding, as well as, for organic chemistry, bonding, stereo-chemistry, reaction mechanisms, and structure-reactivity correlations.
Exchange programs do not apply in our case, however there are opportunities for work abroad during the summers. Our two-year program requires attendance at Queen's University for eight months each year. During the summers, students are required to complete twelve-week off-campus internships in their area of specialty. Placement may be in Canada or abroad. Upon graduation, many of our students look for internships and fellowships throughout the world.