The aim of the UCLA/Getty Master's Program on the Conservation of Cultural Heritage is to provide students with a solid educational base and practical training in both archaeological and ethnographic materials, as well as an appreciation of the often complex range of issues relating to significance, access, and use of these materials, which—in many cases—sets them apart from fine art or historical materials. The program facilitates an understanding of the multiple values and meanings these materials may still have for indigenous populations, and fosters a sense of partnership with stakeholder communities in relevant aspects of conservation decision making.

During the 1990s, the Getty Conservation Institute began a search for a university with which to develop a graduate-level program in archaeological and ethnographic conservation that could complement existing programs and expand educational opportunities. After a series of meetings and exploratory discussions with several institutions of higher education, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), was identified as the most appropriate partner for the GCI to develop this much needed component of conservation education.

In 1999, Getty Trust President and CEO Barry Munitz and UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale formally announced their intention to work together in creating a new academic program in conservation. It was agreed that the program would be administratively housed within the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, an organized research unit at UCLA.

The program is the only graduate-level academic conservation program on the West Coast of the United States and the only U.S. program with its sole focus on archaeological and ethnographic materials. The program admits both U.S. and international students, and admission to the program is offered every two years, with an incoming class size of 6 to 12 students.

For more information and application guidelines, please visit the The UCLA/Getty Interdepartmental Program in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage web site.

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