Museum Assistant Certificate

Division: Fine Arts


The Museum Assistant Certificate is designed to provide students with the entry-level skills for the growing global art market. This certificate is ideal for students seeking careers in art museums, galleries, or cultural centers as well as arts professionals who seek to upgrade their knowledge and improve their marketability. Students learn to prepare the walls, handle artwork safely, pack and ship artwork, hang artwork, light artwork appropriately, write and create labels and didactic materials, research and lay out an exhibition through hands-on experience. A grade of C or better is required in each course taken. This certificate requires 17-19 units.

Required Courses (14-16 units):
ART 115 F The Museum Experience (formerly Museum Survey)3
ART 122 F Museum Studies - Introduction to Gallery Practices3
ART 124 F Museum Studies - Exhibition Production3
ART 125 F Museum Studies - Exhibition Design and Careers3
ART 298 FArts Internship2-4
Restricted Electives - Material Culture Courses (3 units):3
Physical Anthropology3
Honors Physical Anthropology
Introduction to Archaeology3
Honors Introduction to Archaeology
Anthropology of Magic, Witchcraft and Religion3
Honors Anthropology of Magic, Witchcraft and Religion
Cultures of Latin America3
Art History: Ancient to Medieval3
Art History: Renaissance to Modern3
Honors Art History: Renaissance to Modern
Art History: Impressionism to Present3
Art History: The Art of Mexico3
Art History: American Art3
Women in the Arts3
Art History: The Art of Asia3
Art History: Pre-Columbian Art3
Introduction to African-American Studies3
Chicana/o and Latina/o Contemporary Issues (formerly ETHS 142 F)3
Honors Chicana/o and Latina/o Contemporary Issues
History of the Native Americans3
Introduction to Asian Pacific Islander American Studies3
Total Units17-19

Outcome 1: Prepare in-depth analysis of a museum exhibition, addressing concerns of layout, flow, use of color, educational materials including didactic panels and curatorial concept.

Outcome 2: Analyze, compare and contrast the theme and concept of selected exhibitions.