The Certificate Program in Curatorial Studies is designed to prepare students for a wide array of positions in the arts—including at museums, galleries, non-profits, academia, and the private sector—and enable them to stand out in an increasingly competitive job market.
Developed in collaboration with the Zimmerli Art Museum, the curriculum provides a balance between academic and practical training. Typically, students enroll in this program while taking courses for the M.A. degree in Art History, though this two-year Curriculum may also be taken at any time during the student's doctoral studies.
The Curatorial Studies curriculum includes the following courses:
- Curatorial Training Seminar (3 credits)
- Exhibition Seminar (3 credits)
- One of the following CHAPS courses – 1) Seminar in Global Cultural Heritage, 2) Cultural Resource Management and Global Cultural Heritage Preservation, (Global) Heritage and the Role of Museums in the 21st Century, or 3) Special Topics in Historic Preservation: Laws of Cultural Heritage and Preservation (3 credits)
- Approved graduate Art History seminar or second CHAPS course (3 credits)
Additionally, students are required to complete two internships with the expectation that they will not only gain curatorial experience, but will develop professional networks for future career advancement. In recent years, students have held internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library, the New-York Historical Society, the Whitney Museum, the Frick Collection, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Zimmerli Art Museum among others.
With this certificate in hand, many of our students have gone on to have successful museum careers. For more information on our alumni, please see our Success Stories page.