Programs

Master of Heritage Conservation

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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 raise a new set of research challenges and the city’s richly diverse 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 School of Architecture at USC, heritage conservation students are instantly part of a multidisciplinary environment, linking landscape architecture, building science, architecture, and conservation. As such, 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.

 

The creation of a graduate thesis enables students to stretch themselves in the direction of their choice. Topics are chosen based on the interests of the student and vary from architectural and landscape history to policy analysis, from materials-based inquiry to industrial archaeology, and beyond. The typical program length is two years, although students may apply for advanced standing.

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Completion of this degree requires 48 units and includes 18 units of specified courses, 8 units of thesis preparation and thesis, and 22 units of elective courses as approved by the program director. 

 

Requirements for Advanced Standing
Students must have one of the following: an accredited graduate certificate in historic preservation or heritage conservation; professional degree or professional registration in architecture or engineering; graduate degree in a related field, such as architectural history, planning or history; and at least five years of teaching or practice (may be combined). Each student will be considered individually. Qualified students will be admitted to a three-semester program at the time of review of admission. Students with advanced standing must complete 36 units.

 

Required Courses Units
404 Topics in Modern Architecture in Southern California 3
542 Research Methods 1
549 Fundamentals of Heritage Conservation 3
550 Heritage Conservation Policy and Planning 3
551 Conservation Methods and Materials 3
552 Introduction to Historic Site Documentation 2
553 History of American Architecture and Urbanism 3
691a Heritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and Thesis 2
691b Heritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and Thesis 6
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Following is the program curriculum for the 2013-2014 Academic Year.  For the previous year, please consult the online Catalogue: 

USC Architecture Catalogue 2012-2013

 

The official source of information for USC Academic Policies and Procedures is the USC Catalogue.

 

48-Unit Sample Curriculum

First Year, First Semester Units
543 Research Methods 1
549 Fundamentals of Heritage Conservation 3
552 Introduction to Historic Site Documentation 2
553 History of American Architecture and Urbanism 3
  Electives 3
    Total Units: 12

 

First Year, Second Semester Units
550 Heritage Conservation Policy and Planning 3
551 Conservation Methods and Materials 3
691a Heritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and Thesis 2
  Electives 4
    Total Units: 12

 

Second Year, First Semester Units
  Electives 12
    Total Units: 12

 

Second Year, Second Semester Units
404 Topics in Modern Architecture in Southern California 3
691b Heritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and Thesis 6
  Electives 3
    Total Units: 12

 

36-Unit Advanced Standing Sample Curriculum

 

First Year, First Semester Units
543 Research Methods 1
549 Fundamentals of Heritage Conservation 3
552 Introduction to Historic Site Documentation 2
553 History of American Architecture and Urbanism 3
  Electives 3
    Total Units: 12

 

First Year, Second Semester Units
404 Topics in Modern Architecture in Southern California 3
550 Heritage Conservation Policy and Planning 3
551 Conservation Methods and Materials 3
691a Heritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and Thesis 2
    Total Units: 11

 

Second Year, First Semester Units
691b Heritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and Thesis 6
  Electives 7
    Total Units: 13

 

 

 

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