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Museum Studies

"More people go to museums than attend all the sports contests in any given year combined."

- J. Carter Brown, director of the U.S. National Gallery of Art from 1969 to 1992

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.

Museum Studies Student Handbook CLICK HERE.

To pay Arts Fees CLICK HERE.



Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Introduction to Museum Studies Art History I Museum Education Curatorial Skills
Design I AND
Graphic Effects
Art History II Archive, Collections, & Exhibitions I Archive, Collections, & Exhibitions II
Museum Communications I Museum Communications II Museum Communications III Gallery Management
Exhibit Design I Exhibit Design II Cultural Studies Senior Internship
  Digital Media I    


Online Syllabi

Course Instructor Syllabus
Archives, Collections, & ExhibitionsJarvis GrantView Syllabus
Archives, Collections, & Exhibitions IINekisha DurrettView Syllabus
Art AMarta Reid StewartView Syllabus
Art ANekisha DurrettView Syllabus
Curatorial SkillsMarta Reid StewartView Syllabus
Digital Media IJarvis GrantView Syllabus
Exhibit Design INekisha DurrettView Syllabus
Graphic EffectsNekisha DurrettView Syllabus
Imaging IINekisha DurrettView Syllabus
Introduction to Museum StudiesMarta Reid StewartView Syllabus
Museum Communications IJarvis GrantView Syllabus
Museum Communications IIJarvis GrantView Syllabus
Museum Education & InterpretationMarta Reid StewartView Syllabus
Senior InternshipMarta Reid StewartView Syllabus


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