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BA in Art with a Concentration in Museum Studies

 
Degree requirements
 
 
The Museum Studies concentration is a Bachelor of Arts degree program offered in the Department of Art at Georgia College. Museum Studies is an important emerging field in Art. Georgia College students will greatly benefit from this new concentration by expanding their education on museum and possible future employment opportunities within the museum field. Assistant Professor Carlos M. Herrera directs the Blackbridge Hall Art Gallery and also developed the curriculum for and teaches the new Museum Studies classes. The museum studies program at GC is one of few undergraduate programs offered in the U.S. The students gains to learn and understand the internal operations of a museum organization through the classes that are offered. Introduction to Museums Studies introduces the student to lectures, lab and gallery work, discussions, slide presentations and field trips to museums, where students learn about the history and functions of museums, their missions, diverse collections, exhibition programming, interaction with its audience and community and learn the organizational structure within a museum. The focus of this class is on American art museums. Exhibition Design presents the study of museum and gallery design principles and exhibition construction techniques. Critical & Curatorial Theory & Development focuses on curatorial principles, how a curator researches and critically selects artists for exhibitions, develop exhibitions and collections and work in a museum environment. Museum Administration focuses on museum administration and its organizational structure. This course will survey the roles and relationships of museum departments and operational issues, including security and disaster planning; museum accounting and finance, including budgeting management; leadership, strategic and operational planning; and legal and ethical issues facing museums and galleries.
 
The Art Department's "Visiting Artist" series as well as our regular Exhibitions of renowned Artists in our various Galleries expose Art Majors to current trends in regional, national, and international art.  Students can work "one-on-one" with internationally-renowned, art "professionals" (such  as artists, curators, art historians and critics) to gain feedback and to make valuable contacts.
 
The Art Department encourages Art Majors to include at least one summer semester to Study Abroad (recommended-not required) in Montepulciano (Italy), Madrid (Spain), Paris, Bahamas, etc.  (Scholarships and other funding sources are available.)
 
 
 
Classes:
 
ARTS 2400. MUSEUM STUDIES I: INTRODUCTION TO MUSEUM STUDIES. (2-6-3)
Prerequisites: ARTS 1200 and ARTS 2800 or ARTS 2810. Through lectures, lab/gallery work, discussions, slide presentations and field trips to museums, students will learn about the history and functions of museums, their missions, diverse collections, exhibition programming, interaction with its audience and community and learn the organizational structure within a museum. This course includes a survey of historical and contemporary examples of American museums with a specific focus on visual arts institutions. Lab Fee.
 
ARTS 3400. MUSEUM STUDIES II: EXHIBITION DESIGN. (2-6-3)
Prerequisites: ARTS 2400. This course examines issues of exhibition design. This course includes the study of museum and gallery design principles and exhibition construction techniques. Students will also follow and develop an idea from conceptualization to realization. Practical experience in all aspects of the development, promotion, documentation, installation and lighting of museum exhibits. Lab Fee.
 
ARTS 4400. MUSEUM STUDIES III: CRITICAL AND CURATORIAL THEORY AND DEVELOPMENT. (2-6-3)
Prerequisites: ARTS 2400. This course focuses on curatorial principles, how a curator researches and critically selects artists for exhibitions, develop exhibitions and collections and work in a museum environment. This course will survey historical and contemporary examples of American exhibitions.
 
ARTS 4420. MUSEUM STUDIES IV: MUSEUM ADMINISTRATION. (2-6-3)
Prerequisites: ARTS 2400. This course focuses on museum administration and its organizational structure. This course will survey the roles and relationships of museum departments and operational issues, including security and disaster planning; museum accounting and finance, including budgeting management; leadership, strategic and operational planning; and legal and ethical issues facing museums and galleries.
 
 
                         
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