The museum studies program at Tufts is offered as an independent certificate as well as a part of three graduate degree options. All students take Museums Today: Mission and Function, complete an internship, and choose three additional electives. Tufts offers these museum studies graduate degree options:
- Master of Arts in Art History and Museum Studies through the Department of Art and Art History
- Master of Arts in History and Museum Studies through the Department of History
- Master of Arts degree in Museum Education through the Department of Education
Each Master of Arts program has its own requirements, but each includes both required and elective museum studies courses. All are designed as two-year, full time programs, but some departments may offer other options. Two examples of museum studies electives include:
Exhibition Planning (HIST 0215)
Kenneth Turino, Manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions, Historic New England, Boston, MA
Learn the organization of an exhibition, from idea to opening reception and beyond. This course addresses issues specific to the temporary museum exhibition, such as priorities, deadlines, loan negotiations, installation requirements, evaluation, and curatorial and educational goals. Students select objects, arrange for loans, design and install the exhibition, create and implement a public relations campaign, write interpretive labels, and formulate and produce public programs.
Museums and Digital Media (ED 0286)
Jenna Fleming, Independent Museum Professional
Technology-based museum initiatives encourage creative exploration, independent interpretation, and improved audience reach in an engaging and entertaining way. They enable museums to enrich the visitor’s experience while extending the boundaries of the institution to diverse and distant constituencies all over the world. This course engages students in exploring the pedagogical, technical, legal, and financial issues of using state-of-the-art media resources in museum-audience interactions. Students examine the role of technology in the museum today and learn to critique digital resources, plan interactive projects, and even produce their own multimedia products.
For more information on the graduate program requirements and deadlines, visit the Graduate Studies website.
Museum School Students
Current students at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, have the option of combining the Museum Studies Certificate with a Master of Fine Arts. Entering MFA graduate students and those who have completed their first year of study should contact the Museum Studies Program Administrator for more information at 617.627.2320.