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Art + Design Certificates:

Museum Studies Certificate:

Certificate Description:

The Museum Studies Certificate is designed to introduce students to the history, departments, tasks, and current methods of a working museum; reinforce knowledge of the museum field through practical and hands-on experience within the museum environment and through the study of cultural objects; and require students to show mastery of the material through research and critique. 

Curriculum and Course Descriptions (21 hours):

3 hours: Choose on of the following:

ANTH 2233 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 

                              Introduction to the concept of culture

ANTH 3203 - Introduction to Archaeology

                              Methods, theory, history, and techniques of archaeology as a branch of anthropology and a world survey of the prehistoric development of culture.

6 hours: Choose two courses in area of interest

(art history, literature, folklore studies, etc.) 

12 hours of require coursework:

ARTM 4023 - Museum Fundamentals I: Collections Management and Museum Law

                              Instruction and hands-on practice in managing historical and anthropological collections including object-handling, accessioning, deaccessioning cataloguing, loans, valuating collections, conservation environments, registration transactions and forms, museum law and policies.

                              Taught by Dr. Marti Allen, ASU Museum Director

ARTM 4033 - Museum Fundamentals II: Exhibition Seminar

                              Hands-on practice in exhibit development and production including topic and object selection, curatorial research, mocking-up, label writing, and basic program evaluation.

                              Taught by Dr. Marti Allen, ASU Museum Director

ARTH 4013 - History of the Museum and Collecting

                              Examines the history of collecting and the institution of the museum, from private collections in the Dutch Republic to contemporary exhibition practices.

                              Taught by Dr. Temme Balducci

ARTM 401V - Museum Internship (with one of the following)

                              Arkansas State University Museum

                              Historic Dress Colony - Johnny Cash Boyhood Home

                              Hemingway - Pfeiffer Home

                              Southern Tenant Farmers' Museum

                              Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

                              Bradbury Art Museum

                              The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (Pine Bluff)

                              International Center for Photography, New York City (competitive application process)