Museum Studies Certificate Program
The Museum Studies Certificate Program (MSCP) is designed to enhance existing graduate degree programs for those students seeking scholarly expertise and practical experience in the field of museum studies. The Certificate Program is also a stand-alone program, open to those who have completed an undergraduate degree but are not enrolled in a graduate degree program. The theoretical and scholarly orientation of the curriculum for the MSCP is balanced with museum practice through internships at the Center of Creative Photography, the University of Arizona Museum of Art, the Arizona State Museum, and other relevant museums in the region and beyond.
|Program Requirement||Description||Required Number of Units|
|Core Coursework||• Students meet 12 credit hours of coursework, including two core courses: ARH 500: Topics in Museum Studies; and ARE 525: Theory and Practice in Art Museum Education. The other 6 course credits are earned from electives that must be approved by the coordinators of the MSCP. Elective courses may be selected from those in another relevant field of special interest to the career goals of the student, including but not limited to Art History, AVCE, archival management, arts administration, anthropology, and history. A total of six credits (either course work or internship experiences or a combination) may overlap with credits in the degree program within the School of Art or may overlap with credits for degrees in other areas, at the discretion of the degree granting department.||12 units|
|Internship||• Students complete 6 credit hours (270 hours) of one or more internships in a museum or gallery. The internship(s) must include a significant scholarly component that links the practical work with the academic requirements for the certificate. One of the two faculty coordinators of the MSCP must approve the internship experiences and provide final grades based on the recommendations of the museum supervisor and a final paper summarizing the experience. For AVCE students in the Community and Museums track who are required to complete 6 credits of internship, these internship credits could apply to both programs, provided the internships are conducted in a museum or gallery. No more than 6 credits can be “double-dipped,” either internship or course credits.||6 units|