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Museum Studies

Program Head: Nizan Shaked

Please note that the Museum Studies program (both the Certificate and Track) is not accepting applicants for the fall 2021 admissions cycle. Museum Studies courses will continue to be offered to students in the MA in Art History program.

The CSULB School of Art offers students two paths for studying Museum & Curatorial Studies: a track in the Master of Arts in Art History Program (39 units including thesis); or a Graduate Certificate in Museum & Curatorial Studies (30 units, professionally oriented). With an emphasis on contemporary art, the program combines a dynamic course of study in art history and theory with hands-on practice of gallery and museum work.

The Certificate Program in Museum & Curatorial Studies is primarily directed toward graduate students in Art History and the visual arts, but does not exclude students in other fields. The certificate can be pursued on its own or as a complement to the M.A. or M.F.A. degree. Admission to the program is by permission of the Museum & Curatorial Studies faculty and the Head of the Art History Program.

Students learn the history of museums and exhibitions, methods of cultural analysis and interpretation, as well as the planning, design and production of art exhibitions. Our outstanding faculty teaches courses in art practice, art history, and art theory, and art criticism. The students also benefit from the partnership between the University Art Museum and the School of Art, acquiring first-hand experience in museum work through specialized courses, directed internships and hands-on exhibition preparation and implementation.

Located in the greater Los Angeles area, and within 25 minutes of downtown LA, students at CSULB enjoy access to a vast array of museums, collections and archives, as well as to the rapidly expanding and internationally recognized art scene of the city.