Museum Assistant Certificate

Division: Visual and Performing 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 gallery 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)
ARTH 170 F The Museum Experience (formerly ART 115 F)3
ARTH 175 F Introduction to Museum and Gallery Studies (formerly ART 122 F)3
ARTH 176 F Museum Studies - Exhibition Production (formerly ART 124 F)3
ARTH 177 F Museum Studies - Exhibition Design and Careers (formerly ART 125 F)3
ARTH 295 FMuseum Studies Internship I2-4
Restricted Elective - Material Culture Course:(3 UNITS)
American Art History (formerly ART 117 F)3
Asian Art History (formerly ART 212 F)3
Gender and Women in Art History (formerly ART 211 F)3
Global Contemporary Art History3
Latin America - Mexican Art History (formerly ART 116 F)3
Latin America - Ancient/Indigenous Art History (formerly ART 213 F)3
Latin America - Colonial - Contemporary Art History3
Western Art History - Prehistory to 14th Century (formerly ART 112 F)3
Western Art History - 15th to 20th Century (formerly ART 113 F)3
Honors Western Art History - 15th to 20th Century (formerly ART 113HF)3
Western Art History - 19th to 21st Century (formerly ART 114 F)3
Physical Anthropology3
Honors Physical Anthropology3
Introduction to Archaeology3
Honors Introduction to Archaeology3
Anthropology of Magic, Witchcraft and Religion3
Honors Anthropology of Magic, Witchcraft and Religion3
Cultures of Latin America3
Honors Cultures of Latin America3
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
American Indian History (formerly History of the Native Americans)3
Introduction to Asian Pacific Islander American Studies3

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.