Museum Studies courses are open to students from all four colleges through the Department of Art│Architecture│Design. Students majoring in Art History may choose a Concentration in Museum Studies as part of their major, requiring 12-16 credit hours of dedicated course work. Students of any major may declare a Museum Studies minor by completing 16-20 credit hours. The following represent the core classes around which Museum Studies is organized. Additional course offerings developed by the AAD faculty may contribute to the Museum Studies requirements. In addition, art history or architecture history survey courses or equivalent courses in public history, anthropology or archeology are recommended.
ART 175. Introduction to Museum Work (4 Credits). Introduction to the world of museums, surveying theory and practice through readings and class discussions in all aspects of museums (A to Z), art galleries and art/historical management. The course combines in situ (LUAG/Museum Operation) instruction, conversations with museum professionals and hands-on experience. Students complete several interactive (PB & CL) exercises/projects.
ART 275. Research, Collections Management and Exhibition Planning (4 Credits) Theory and practice in contemporary museums and galleries through readings and class discussion. Practicum at the LUAG/Museum Operation dealing with care of museum collections, collection management, intellectual and practical tasks of preparing and communicating through exhibitions, and the professional responsibilities of the curator and curatorial staff. Students will complete a number of exercises and a research report or equivalent. Prerequisite: Art 175.
ART 276. Education, Communication and Exhibition Design (4 Cedits)*
Theory and practice in contemporary museums and galleries through readings and class discussions. Practicum in the LUAG/Museum Operation dealing with design and installation of exhibitions; educational programming and the community; organization, principles of management and strategic planning; museum advocacy. Students complete a number of exercises and a research report or equivalent. Prerequisite: Art 275.
(*ART 275 and 276 can be taken in any order, however ART 175 must be taken before 275 or 276.)
ART 370. Special Topics in Museum and Curatorial Studies (1-4 Credits)
Special project and/or internship for graduate and advanced undergraduates. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Art 275/276 or equivalent course in anthropology, public history or education technology.
ART 375. Museum Internship (1-4 Credits) **
Internship under professional supervision in all areas of museums and/or related organizations, regionally, nationally or abroad in well established or accredited institutions. Students must initiate contact/application. A contractual agreement or letter of acceptance is required. Prerequisite: Art 275/276 or departmental permission.
(**The internship must be arranged with an instructor one semester in advance. An application form is required.)
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