Historic Preservation: Graduate Overview
The Historic Preservation department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers a challenging curriculum for students seeking a Master of Science (MS) in Historic Preservation and Master of Architecture and Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture students who want to complete a certificate in the field of historic preservation.
Master of Science in Historic Preservation
The SAIC Historic Preservation master’s program is one of only two programs of its kind in the nation located in an art school. Here you will complete your electives in your choice of departments across the school and partner with area nonprofit and preservation advocacy groups to work on real restoration projects as part of your internship.
The interdisciplinary curriculum provides intensive and broad-based education covering four major areas:
- Restoration design
- Materials conservation
- Architectural history
- Preservation planning
The department offers a wide variety of program electives covering subjects such as:
- Sustainable preservation practices
- Preserving the recent past
- Landscape preservation
- Hands-on restoration methods
- Historic site management
- Rural and vernacular preservation
For complete degree requirements, visit our Master of Science in Historic Preservation page.
Certificate in Historic Preservation
You can complement your Master of Architecture and Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture studies with a Certificate in Historic Preservation. For more information on this five-course sequence, visit our Certificate in Historic Preservation web page.
Interested in learning more?
Continue to explore the Historic Preservation department website to learn more about our curricular offerings, faculty, students, alumni, and more or visit the Master of Science in Historic Preservation degree program or Certificate in Historic Preservation section to get detailed information about these programs or schedule a tour.