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Museum Studies

"Installing a museum exhibition is conduction of a symphony orchestra."

- Walter Hopps, Founding Director of the Menil Collection in Houston, to the New York

Students in the Museum Studies program learn and practice the major functions of museums—collection, preservation, conservation, exhibition and public education—in courses such as Curatorial Skills, Photography, and Computer Graphics. Not only do students learn to record art and culture through various media; as seniors in high school, they also have the chance to work alongside museum staff on major projects at the Smithsonian Institution and other Washington museums. The program also offers educational travel to study museum practices in New York, Los Angeles, Madrid, and Barcelona. Many Duke Ellington School of the Arts alumni are working as exhibition designers, museum educators, and curators around the United States.

Click here for SY16-17 department handbook.

Curriculum

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Introduction to Museum Studies Art History I* Imaging II Ellington Archive, Collections, & Exhibitions II
Design I & Graphic Effects Art History II* Ellington Archive, Collections, & Exhibitions I Curatorial Skills
Museum Communications I Exhibition Design II Museum Education and Interpretation Yearbook Design
Exhibit Design I Introduction to Digital Media Cultural Studies Senior Internship
Imaging II

Online Syllabi

Course Instructor Syllabus
Art History I & IIElisabeth PalmerView Syllabus
Cultural StudiesNekisha DurrettView Syllabus
Curatorial SkillsMarta Reid StewartView Syllabus
Digital MediaJarvis GrantView Syllabus
Ellington Archives, Collections, & Exhibitions IElisabeth PalmerView Syllabus
Graphic EffectsNekisha DurrettView Syllabus
Imaging IINekisha DurrettView Syllabus
Introduction to Museum StudiesMarta Reid StewartView Syllabus
Museum CommunicationsTakicha RoundtreeView Syllabus
Museum Education & InterpretationElisabeth PalmerView Syllabus
Museum Exhibition Design ITakicha RoundtreeView Syllabus
Museum Exhibition Design IITakicha RoundtreeView Syllabus
Senior InternshipMarta Reid StewartView Syllabus
Survey of World ArtNekisha DurrettView Syllabus
Yearbook Deisgn & ProductionTakicha RoundtreeView Syllabus
Yearbook DesignTakicha RoundtreeView Syllabus