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Art and Design Diploma in Historic Preservation Studies

The Diploma in Historic Preservation Studies has been designed for architects, planners, urban designers, interior designers, real estate professionals, and others who need a solid background in historic preservation, such as community organizers and activists and art historians. Students gain a working knowledge of the issues and techniques involved in historic preservation. This program serves aspiring and practicing professionals who do not have the time or resources for a full-time course of study.

Upon completion of the program, students will have attained a solid working knowledge of:

  • Historic preservation as a discipline and the various tools and laws that support it, such as historic district designations, National Register listings, and preservation easements
  • New York City’s Landmarks Law and the Landmark Preservation Commission’s application process
  • Changing standards for historic preservation and attitudes toward design and materials
  • The history of architecture and different architectural styles

 

Schedule and Format

  • Part-time
  • Classroom-based
  • Four noncredit courses
  • On average, students take one course per semester, fall/spring/summer
  • The Diploma must be completed within two years

 

The Diploma is awarded to students who successfully complete the four required courses within two years.

For further advisement, please contact the Center for Applied Liberal Arts at sps.cala@nyu.edu.

Must be completed within

2 years

You'll Walk Away With

  • Knowledge of historic preservation as a discipline and the various tools and laws that support it, such as historic district designations, National Register listings, and preservation easements
  • An understanding of New York City's Landmarks Law and the Landmark Preservation Commission's application process
  • Knowledge of the changing standards for historic preservation and attitudes toward design and materials
  • Familiarity with the history of architecture and different architectural styles

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT GIVE YOU THE SKILLS AND TRAINING YOU NEED TO START YOUR NEW CAREER

REQUIRED

All Courses Required

Understanding Traditional Architecture

This course will demystify traditional architecture, with a special focus on the styles and details of New York City buildings.

Preservation Planning and Practice

Receive a comprehensive introduction to preservation planning in New York City.

2018 Spring
1 section

Demystifying the Landmarks Process

This course demystifies the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s application process.

What Is "Appropriate"? Changing Standards in Preservation

Learn how the Landmarks Law redefines areas by protecting their historic fabric while still allowing for new construction and modifications.

OPTIONAL

Complete 0

JobFocus: Historic Preservation Studies

Gain a better understanding of the job market and of employer expectations in the field of historic preservation.

General Admission Requirements

  • Resume
  • Two references
  • Essay
  • A bachelor’s degree or four years of professional experience

Understanding Traditional Architecture

This course will demystify traditional architecture, with a special focus on the styles and details of New York City buildings.

Preservation Planning and Practice

Receive a comprehensive introduction to preservation planning in New York City.

2018 Spring
1 section

Demystifying the Landmarks Process

This course demystifies the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s application process.

What Is "Appropriate"? Changing Standards in Preservation

Learn how the Landmarks Law redefines areas by protecting their historic fabric while still allowing for new construction and modifications.

JobFocus: Historic Preservation Studies

Gain a better understanding of the job market and of employer expectations in the field of historic preservation.