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What will I learn?

Los Angeles provides a unique laboratory in which to learn and challenge conservation issues. As a relatively young and diverse global city, it is the ideal place to explore a relatively young and diverse global discipline. Our wealth of recent past resources raises a new set of research challenges and the city’s richly distinct communities woven throughout the tapestry of the built environment push us to acknowledge the many layers of history and meaning revealed in the city. It is also a place forever seeking the new, providing opportunities to protect the best of the past while embracing the landmarks of the future.

Embedded in the USC School of Architecture, heritage conservation students are instantly part of a multidisciplinary environment, linking landscape architecture, building science, architecture, and conservation.

The program curriculum is designed to expose students to a broad range of topics including materials conservation, policy and planning, conservation theory, global conservation efforts, architectural and landscape history, best practices in resource documentation and evaluation, sustainability, and historic site management. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of the many academic resources in the broader University, including taking courses in real estate, regional history, urban planning, and spatial sciences. Program faculty are leaders in the field, a blend of academics and practitioners that grapple with conservation in real time, seeking creative solutions that balance the integrity of the past with a sustainable future. Through this broad exposure, students begin to formulate their professional path within the discipline.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES MASTER OF HERITAGE CONSERVATION

Upon completion of this degree program, Master of Heritage Conservation students will attain:

  • An understanding of the local, regional, national, and international theories and practices related to heritage conservation.
  • An advanced understanding of materials conservation, policy and planning, conservation theory, global conservation efforts, architectural and landscape history, best-practices in resource documentation and evaluation, sustainability, and historic site management.
  • An appreciation of Los Angeles’ richly diverse communities, as those communities inform the meaning and values we ascribe to the built environment.
  • An appreciation for the complexity of conserving sites of cultural significance, intangible cultural heritage, and recent past resources, topics overwhelmingly important in complex urban environments like Los Angeles.
  • An understanding of the gaps in the historical record especially in relationship to underrepresented communities of color and women.
  • An in-depth understanding of the relationship between heritage conservation and its allied disciplines, including architecture, urban planning, cultural resource management, real estate development, construction, and materials conservation.

Which department am I in?

USC School of Architecture

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$57,256.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2023

Venue

University of Southern California

University Park Campus,

LOS ANGELES,

California,

90089, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor degree earned at an institution recognized by the Ministry of Education.

For international students

Students must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

TOEFL: 95 or above, with 20 or above in each section.

IELTS: 6.5 or above, with 6 or above on each band.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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