Undergraduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

Apply your interest in architectural history to preservation efforts in the built environment with the Undergraduate Certificate in Historic Preservation in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University. The 15-credit undergraduate certificate program is a valuable complement for students majoring in disciplines with community engagement or historical components, such as art history, community development or public history.

This Historic Preservation Certificate program includes an architectural history survey sequence and core preservation courses to give students an overview of the preservation field and an opportunity to work on projects in the architecture industry that address current issues of historic preservation in contextual settings.

This certificate program is available to all undergraduate degree students, except students pursuing the Architecture Major or the Historic Preservation Major.

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Classes & Curriculum

Coursework for the Historic Preservation Certificate introduces students to the complex and contingent relationship between architects and the environments in which they intervene on design, comprehensive study of architectural history from ancient to contemporary times, research methods for historic preservation, and more. At least half of the courses required for the certificate must be completed at Temple University.

Courses you can expect to take in the historic preservation program include the following.

  • Architectural History: Ancient through Renaissance
  • Architectural History: Renaissance through 20th Century
  • Introduction to Design and the Environment
  • Introduction to Historic Preservation
  • Research Methods for Historic Preservation

Learn more about the curriculum.

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Internships & Opportunities

Every year, Tyler students benefit from exposure to scores of artists, scholars, architects, designers and professionals who are at the top of their fields. Students meet with these inspiring individuals through lectures, class visits, demonstrations and more, including three diverse lecture series and two major speaker programs—the Jack Wolgin Visiting Artist Program and the Knowles Architecture Alumni Lecture.

Tyler’s renowned Critical Dialogue Series, Architecture and Environmental Design Present series, and Laurie Wagman Visiting Artist in Glass series bring influential artists, curators, critics, filmmakers, designers, art historians and more to enrich the Tyler undergraduate experience and interact with students.

Students also connect with a plethora of design projects, programs, studios, workshops, design firms, art centers and collections for internships, residencies and other opportunities, regularly listed in Tyler’s biweekly newsletter, The WHAT.


Pursuing a certificate in civic design will teach you how to be a dynamic thinker and problem-solver—two of the most valued skills that today’s employers seek in new hires. Art and design programs teach creative ways of seeing, thinking and making.

Students learn versatility and technical skills while becoming adept in traditional practice and new technologies. Students enter a competitive workforce at the head of the pack, ready to use their skill sets and creativity to tackle society’s toughest challenges.

Tyler career coaches specialize in the types of jobs available in the arts and built environment, mentoring students on everything from cover letters to interviews to career advice.

Temple’s Career Center is another resource that empowers students to find pathways to future success. The Career Center offers comprehensive career development services, from résumés and interviews to finding internships and jobs.

Tuition & Fees

The tuition for this Certificate Program is based on school or college of your major, program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.


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