Certificate Requirements

Curatorial Studies Certificate Program Requirements



Students in the Curatorial Studies Certificate program must fulfill all requirements for the M.A. (and/or Ph.D.) in Art History. In addition, students must complete the following requirements:

  • 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)
  • Graduate Art History seminar with a paper topic related to exhibition or museum history, issues of collecting and display, or other relevant content – must be approved by the instructor (a second CHAPS course from the list may also be used to satisfy this requirement) (3 credits)
  • 2 internships at different institutions (0 credits)

Curatorial Training: Taught by faculty with the participation of the director, curators, and staff at the Zimmerli Museum, this course introduces students to all aspects of curatorial work in the museum, including exhibitions and collections history, philosophies of conservation and collection management, exhibition planning, installation, and interpretation.   Field trips to regional museums and private collections are frequently planned as part of the course.

Exhibition Seminar: Taught by faculty or museum professionals, this course offers hands-on and/or conceptual training in the organization of an exhibition.

Internships: Students are encouraged to seek out internships that correspond to their field of study and interests. Internships must be at two separate institutions and should last for the duration of a semester or an equivalent amount during the summer. The Department will assist students in obtaining internships as necessary.