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Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies

This certificate is primarily directed toward graduate students in Art History and the visual arts, but does not exclude students in other fields. The specifically tracked course of study has an emphasis placed primarily on contemporary art.

A student may pursue the Certificate in Museum Studies as a program of study in itself, or in combination with a program of study directed toward the achievement of one of the school's degrees. A student may, with approval of both the Museum Studies Program and the student's Project or Thesis Committee, count up to 15 units of coursework toward both the degree and the certificate.

Admission to the program is by permission of the Museum Studies faculty and the head of the Art History Program. Applicants wishing to pursue the Certificate Program in Museum Studies should apply for the desired degree program during the regular School of Art graduate application window of December 1 through January 15, and should indicate interest in pursuing the Certificate Program in Museum Studies concurrently.

Applicants wishing to pursue the Certificate Program in Museum Studies separate from a degree program should contact the School of Art Graduate Advisor.

This certificate program is eligible for Financial Aid. Please see the school website for required Federal disclosure information.

Requirements

A total of 30 units to include:

Take all of the following courses:

  • AH 530 Introduction to Curatorial Practices (3)
    Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor
  • AH 531 History of Museums and Exhibition (3)
    Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B or consent of advisor and instructor
  • AH 542 Internship in Museum Studies (3)
    Prerequisites: AH 430/530 or consent of instructor
  • AH 539 Art of Mid to Late Twentieth Century (3)
    Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor
  • AH 545A Museum-Gallery Practices (3)
    Prerequisites: AH 431 or AH 531 or consent of instructor. First in a four-course sequence
  • AH 545B Museum-Gallery Practices (3)
    Prerequisites: AH 545A or consent of instructor
  • AH 545C Museum-Gallery Practices (3)
    Prerequisites: AH 545B or consent of instructor. Third in a four-course sequence
  • AH 545D Museum-Gallery Practices (3)
    Prerequisites: AH 545C or consent of instructor. Fourth in a four-course sequence
  • AH 597 Seminar in Art History (3)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

Take one of the following courses:

  • AH 547 Historiography of Art History (3)
    Prerequisite: ART 340
  • AH 550 Western Art Theory and Criticism Mid-Twentieth Century to Present (3) (or approved substitution)
    Prerequisite: None

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