Studying interpretative materials at the New Museum.
Studying interpretative materials at the New Museum.

Foundations in Museums (Select 1 of 2)

ART B7000: Museology: An Introduction to Museum Studies
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of museum studies. It provides an overview of museum history and contemporary issues. The class meets four times a semester in museums in the metropolitan area where different professionals discuss their projects and what they consider critical issues in the field.

ART B7400: Museum Exhibition Analysis Seminar
In this course students analyze a group of exhibitions currently in the metropolitan area. Occasionally, these exhibitions are clustered around a theme, such as re-evaluating the retrospective or constructing identity through exhibitions. Each student studies one exhibition in depth, presenting a class lecture on the content and ancillary programs in class one week, followed by a walk-through of the exhibition at the museum the next week to evaluate the installation.


ART A1000 Research Methods in Art History (3 credits)
This course prepares students for advanced art historical research employing sophisticated and effective research tactics and strategies. Students need a broad sense of the questions posed by the discipline of art history in order to pursue work in this field. By exploring specific art historical tools and methods, as well as the history, evolution and nature of art historical inquiry, this course provides foundations for students’ own research.  In conjunction with other courses in our curriculum, this course helps students raise questions which they can continue to consider in other contexts. Students are introduced to the wealth of New York City’s research libraries, archives, museums and other resources, thereby developing “hands-on” research skills, as well as refining online research techniques.

Students complete an in class drawing activity.

ARTE 3100A: Critical Perspectives in Art Education (3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to understanding, critically analyzing and conducting research in art education. Students will survey a sampling of current topics in research in art education including arts integration, inquiry based teaching and action research. Students will be introduced to the basic tenets of qualitative research before designing their own small-scale, qualitative research projects.

Art Museum Education

ART B7500: Art Museum Education
Taught by a museum educator, this course focuses on developing and evaluating museum education programs in museums.

ART B7502: Art Museum Education II

A seminar focused on developing and administering museum education programs. This course will prepare students to teach from objects, critically analyze research in museum education, and create developmentally appropriate programs for multiple audiences.

In conversations about cultural identity, students create their own symbols to print.

Arts in Education Select 1 of 3 in consultation with advisor

EDSE 4100E: Curriculum Development and Assessment in Art Education (4 credits)
This course introduces the historical, cultural, and social foundations of art education, including topics such as the following: the purpose of art education; learning theory in art education; different contexts for art education; multiple approaches/perspectives on art education; an introduction to critical pedagogy.

EDSE 4200E: Identity, Community, and Culture in Art Education (3 credits)
This course explores the role of identity, culture, and community in the field of art education including the following: building community with diverse audiences, responsibilities of arts educators; culturally-relevant teaching practices.

EDSE 4300F: Materials and Methods in Art Education (4 credits)
This course provides opportunities for students to practice curriculum development with attention to investigating the following concepts: scaffolding learning in the arts; student-driven teaching; nurturing a reflective practice; leading critiques; developing processes for assessment.

Education Electives Select at least 1 course in consultation with advisor; sample courses include the following:

EDUC 0200A Psychology of Teaching & Learning
EDUC 0100A: Urban Schools in a Diverse Society
EDUC 0300A Child or Adolescent Development
EDUC 0500A Adolescent Learning & Development
EDUC 2100K Developmental Issues in Childhood & Early Childhood
EDCE 4500K Inclusive Practices for the Arts
EDLS 5000K Inclusive Education
PSYCH V2500: Developmental Psych-Later Years
PSYCH V3300: Psychological Aspects of Learning Disabilities
EDSE 9601G: Adult Education
EDCE 6100I: Parents, Families, and Disability
EDCE 4000K: Disability Studies in Childhood Education

Art History Electives Select 4 courses in art history in consultation with advisor.

Thesis or Qualifying Paper
ART B9000 Thesis Research
Students conduct and write an original research thesis in consultation with an advisor.

EDSE 7200I: Master’s Projects in Art Education
Students expand on two previously written papers to write in-depth qualifying papers.

Museum Education Apprenticeship
B5600 and B5700: Museum Apprenticeship I and II (3 credits each)
 The apprenticeship includes an introduction to object-based learning and regular reflection meetings with teaching staff. Students are placed within a museum education department as a teaching apprentice to lead tours and to support program management. Apprenticeship placements will be coordinated by program staff in conversation with students. Students will reflect on their experiences through analytic papers connecting theory and practice.