The UCLA/Getty Master's Program on the Conservation of Ethnographic and Archaeological Materials (see Conservation, vol. 18, no. 3) welcomed its inaugural class of master's degree candidates in September 2005. The six students have varied academic and conservation experience, including degrees in chemistry, archaeology, and art history, as well as experience working with rock art, with museum collections, and in field situations. The UCLA/Getty program is the first conservation training program on the U.S. West Coast, and the first in the country to emphasize materials and technologies associated with archaeological and ethnographic objects and sites.
The UCLA/Getty program is administered through the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, an interdepartmental institute that draws on faculty from the departments of Anthropology, Art History, Near Eastern Languages, and Classics. In the three-year UCLA/Getty program, students will study for a master's degree in conservation. Classes will be held at the UCLA campus and in the conservation training laboratories at the Getty Villa. The program will provide foundation training in material properties, technology, sources of deterioration, and treatment and prevention methods. Additional training includes documentation techniques for both collections and sites, a collaborative course with a tribal museum in southern California, and two courses in preventive conservation that emphasize both collections and site management. Students will gain archaeological experience by participating in field excavations in Chile, Albania, and Turkey.
Faculty and staff for the program include David A. Scott, program chair; Ioanna Kakoulli, assistant professor in materials science and engineering; Ellen J. Pearlstein, program academic coordinator; Vanessa Muros, staff research associate; and program assistants Gillian Bailey and Amber Cordts-Cole.
UCLA/Getty Master's Program on the Conservation of Ethnographic and Archaeological Materials Inaugural Class
Christian De Brer