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Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies (code ART_CT02)

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 department'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 Department of Art graduate application window of January 1 through 31, 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 Department of Art Graduate Advisor.


A total of 30 units to include:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • AH 530 Introduction to Curatorial Practices (3)
    • AH 531 History of Museums and Exhibition (3)
    • AH 542 Internship in Museum Studies (3)
    • AH 539 Art of Mid to Late Twentieth Century (3)
    • AH 545A Exhibition Practicum (3)
    • AH 545B Exhibition Practicum (3)
    • AH 545C Exhibition Practicum (3)
    • AH 545D Exhibition Practicum (3)
    • AH 597 Seminar in Art History (3)
    • AH 547 or 550 (3) (or approved substitution)

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