The museum studies program is designed to be taken within the MA degree in the Department of History of Art and Design (HAD), or the MS in Museums and Digital Culture in the School of Information. The Certificate is also available to graduate students enrolled in the History of Art and Design’s dual-degree programs with the Department of Fine Arts and the School of Information’s MSLIS, which are awarded upon completion of those Master’s degrees. In addition, the certificate can be taken as a post-master’s certificate for students who have completed one of the aforementioned masters’ programs, or students holding a master’s in related field from another institution. The Advanced Certificate is approved by NYSED. The elective courses were recently updated to reflect the latest advances in museum conservation and technology.

The 15-credit Advanced Certificate in Museum Studies provides learning opportunities for students who wish to acquire the essential knowledge and skills needed to engage with the museum world as professionals. The curriculum features experiential learning and field research through the two-semester museum practicum/ internship giving students hands-on experience in current museum practice while working in NYC’s leading cultural institutions. Taught by an expert faculty, coursework brings focus to exhibitions, curation, and conservation. Students obtain positions as a result of their internships and the knowledge and skill sets they acquire in the program.

For course descriptions, visit the Online Course Search page and type in the prefix for your program (INFO). 

Required Core Courses:

HA 560—Museology (3 credits)
HA-9603 and HA 9603B (3 credits each)

Two internships at two different art institutions chosen from an approved list. Note, students in the dual-degree programs (MA/MSLIS and MA/MFA) or MS Museums and Digital Culture may meet this requirement by taking HA-9603 and LIS-698 Practicum/Seminar.

Plus two 3-credit courses from the following list (no substitutions):

HA 600I—Materials and Techniques of Venice, Pratt in Venice program
HA-682 Technical Issues/Art Historian
HA-681 Introduction to Painting Conservation
HA-635 Creating Exhibitions
ADE-618 Contemporary Museum Education
ADE-628 Avant-Garde Museum Education
LIS-629 Art Collections: Research & Documentation
LIS-632 Conservation and Preservation
LIS-634 Conservation Lab at Brooklyn College
LIS-679 Museum & Digital Culture: Theory and Practice
LIS-697-A Florentine Art & Culture: Research & Documentation
LIS-697-B Cultural Heritage Conservation