Use conservation and digital curation practices in both physical and digital contexts, including born-digital collections, across GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums).

Book digitization

The Advanced Certificate in Conservation and Digital Curation features hands-on experiential learning for which students work in conservation labs and on digital curation projects in NYC’s leading institutions, such as Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Public Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Art Reference Library, MoMA, American Museum of Natural History and Brooklyn Historical Society, among others. The program is designed to meet the needs of today’s information society through its cutting-edge approach that integrates physical and digital conservation and digital curation across media and collections. This integration has become inextricably linked through the ubiquitous use of digital tools and emerging technologies for best practices in the conservation of rare books, manuscripts, art on paper, photography, film and video, and the digital curation of collections and exhibitions focusing on their organization, description, access, digitization, and use.

By the end of this program, students will:

  1. Gain critical understanding of conservation and digital curation theory and practice for both physical and digital collections for galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM).
  2. Understand and acquire the skills needed to carryout conservation work including paper-based materials and other physical and digital media such as film and video, and digitized collections.
  3. Understand and apply best practices for conservation and digital curation and acquire technical skills to work in a professional conservation lab. 
  4. Apply digital conservation strategies and techniques.
  5. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to curate collections for access and use across a range of activities and purposes including: organization, description, digitization, narration, and exhibition.
  6. Carryout professional-level work, and do fieldwork for research on topics related to conservation and digital curation through practicum and internships in libraries, archives, and museums.

See Conservation and Digital Curation, Advanced Certificate Curriculum Overview and Academic Requirements


Questions? For admissions inquiries, please contact Graduate Admissions at 718.636.3514 or admissions@pratt.edu. For all other inquiries, contact the School of Information at 212.647.7682 or si@pratt.edu. For more information, you may also request a catalog and sign-up to attend an information session.