Offered through the Department of the History of Art and Design, the Advanced Certificate in Museum Studies is a 15-credit NYSED approved program that enhances any graduate degree with courses that deepen one’s knowledge and expertise in museum history, practice, and theory. The program provides a  foundation in the study of these areas and is supported by a broad range of electives that address all aspects of exhibition, collecting, and preservation of culture in museums and institutions of display more broadly. It is open to those pursuing a Pratt graduate degree in any discipline as well as to Master’s Degree holders interested in a stand-alone Certificate. 

  • The Advanced Certificate in Museum Studies recognizes that students and professionals not only thrive with, but increasingly need, cross-disciplinary experience and expertise. As museums reimagine themselves, whether in terms of experience, technology, collection or community, Pratt graduates with an Advanced Certificate in Museum Studies are better prepared to meet these challenges and contribute to needed innovation. The breadth and fluidity of the program - bolstered by Pratt’s interdisciplinary approach to art, design, architecture and the liberal arts - provide a set of skills and experiences that benefit those pursuing museum work as well as those following any professional path that addresses cultural heritage, collecting and display. 

  • This program provides graduate students with the opportunity to enhance their degree with a complementary concentration that deepens their work while at Pratt and distinguishes them no matter their field or practice. 

Graduates of the certificate will be able to:

  • analyze, interpret, and connect, in written and oral presentations; 

  • employ the questions, vocabulary and perspectives specific to museum history, practice and theory;

  • demonstrate the ability to conduct skilled and creative research using a variety of materials, resources and methods specific to the fields of museum studies;

  • critically engage in the ongoing dialogue about the methodology of museum studies; 

  • articulate the complexities and ambiguities of multiple perspectives in museum history, theory and practice based on coursework that foregrounds inclusivity, diversity as priorities.

See Museum Studies, Advanced Certificate Curriculum Overview and Academic Requirements

Faculty Highlights for the Design History Advanced Certificate:

Anca I. Lasc 

Professor Lasc’s recent book publications include Interior Decorating in Nineteenth-Century France: The Visual Culture of a New Profession, single-authored monograph (Manchester: Manchester University Press, Studies in Design and Material Culture Series, 2018); Revisiting the Past in Museums and at Historic Sites, co-edited with Andrew McClellan and Änne Söll (London and New York: Routledge, 2021); Architectures of Display: Department Stores and Modern Retail, co-edited with Patricia Lara-Betancourt and Margaret Maile Petty (London and New York: Routledge, 2018; paperback 2020); Visualizing the Nineteenth-Century Home: Modern Art and the Decorative Impulse, edited volume (London and New York: Routledge, 2016; paperback 2018); and Designing the French Interior: The Modern Home and Mass Media, co-edited with Mark Taylor and Georgina Downey.

Karyn Zieve 

Professors Lasc, Morawski and Zieve are also co-coordinators of the annual symposium, Interior Provocations, along with Professors Schneiderman, Suh and Tehve from Pratt’s Department of Interior Design. The symposium, founded in 2017 by Pratt Faculty in the History of Art and Design and Interior Design Departments, provides a public forum for critical thinking about the design, theory and history of the interior. Comprised of provocative and boundary-expanding presentations by design practitioners, historians and theorists, the symposium is dedicated to furthering the scholarship of the expanding fields of Interior Design and Interior Design History through the collaboration of these disciplines. Thus far the symposium also produced two publications: Appropriate(d) Interiors, co-edited by Deborah Schneiderman, Anca I. Lasc and Karin Tehve, with contributions from Erica N. Morawski, Keena Suh, and Karyn Zieve (London and New York: Routledge, forthcoming 2022) and Interior Provocations: History, Theory and Practice of Autonomous Interiors, co-edited by Anca I. Lasc, Deborah Schneiderman, Keena Suh, Karin Tehve, Alexa Griffith Winton, and Karyn Zieve (London and New York: Routledge, 2021). For further information,

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Admissions Requirements

This advanced certificate can be pursued while in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ MA in History of Art and Design program, MA/MS in History of Art and Design/Library and Information Sciences, or within any MA, MFA, MS, MLA or MArch program at Pratt Institute more broadly. See our admissions requirements here.

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