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Historic Preservation Certificate
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is exicted to announce a stand-alone certificate program in historic preservation.
The Historic Preservation Certificate is a 15-credit hour certificate ideal for:
- Individuals wishing to embark on a career in the field of historic preservation, or pursue study for personal enrichment.
- Current practioners in the field who want to update or enhance their skill set.
- Those considering a Master's-level program who wish to secure foundational competence.
Students bring their prior experience and interests to the service of preservation through studio projects that focus on the adaptive reuse, rehabilitation, or preservation of historic structure(s). In addition, students complete an internship in preservation at an architectural office or other agency or opt to participate in a study trip.
Students benefit from access to SAIC's state-of-the-art facilities and resources, including our Art Institute of Chicago and Ryerson and Burnham libraries - a major art and architecture research collection. Your peer group includes practicing artists and designers from across the globe.
Students who successfully complete the certificate program may choose to work with the program director to transfer credits to our Master of Science in Historic Preservation. 25% of the degree requirements are satisfied upon completion of the certificate program.
March 15 - $30 Application Fee
Apply online via SlideRoom
- Completed online application
- Official college transcripts - a conferred four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent is required.
- Statement of intent (completed with online application). Write a 500 - 700 word statement that describes your work or research. Please be sure to address the following:
- Why you wish to pursue this historic preservation certificate.
- Future directions or goals for your work.
- Your understanding of preservation, architecture and place-making. (Save your statement of intent as a PDF and upload it as an attachment.)
- 2 Letters of reference - a recent employer or educational reference is recommended.
- English Proficiency Scores - for students whose first language is not English, we require proof of English proficiency which may be submitted via one of the following tests: TOEFL: 100, IELTS: 7, DULINGO: 120.
The certificate includes five courses, totaling 15-credit hours, along with an external practicum, that meets the minimum standards and guidelines promulgated by the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE), consistent with current standards for architectural education being reviewed nationwide by the American Institute of Architects' Historic Resources Committee.
Certificate courses fall into six program areas
- Preservation Documentation
- Materials Conservation
- Architectural History
- Preservation Planning
- Design Studio Focused on Preservation
- Preservation Practicum
|Preservation Documentation - choose 1 from the following:|
|Material Conservation - choose 1 from the following:|
|Building Conservation Lab|
|Historic Materials and Techniques|
|Architectural History - choose 1 from the following:|
|History and Theory of Historic Preservation|
|Other approved Architectural History course|
|Preservation Planning - choose 1 from the following:|
|Preservation-Focused Design Studio - choose 1 from the following:|
|Design Action North Lawndale|
|Restoration Design Studio|
|Other approved studio course in Architecture or Interior Architecture|
|Preservation Practicum - choose 1 from the following:|
|SAIC study trip|
|SAIC class or other practicum experience, professional training, workshop or course (external to SAIC)|
View the Historic Preservation Certificate brochure on ISSUU!
For additional information about the program, please contact the SAIC Historic Preservation Administrative Office at: 312-629-6680 or firstname.lastname@example.org