Course Descriptions

The following graduate-level courses are offered in Professional Studies Degree (M.A). Graduate-level courses are numbered 500-899. Information about course offerings and programs of study is published online and in print each year in the Graduate Catalog

 MA in Professional Studies, Art History Track, Course Descriptions:

ART 610 Elements of WWW Design (3)
Production techniques and research as related to digital imaging, electronic page layout and WWW design. Prerequisites: Acceptance in the Interactive Media Design Certificate Program or consent of the IMD program director.

ART 622 Graduate Exhibit Design (3 units)
Theory, concepts, planning, management, design and installation of art exhibits. Application for professional artists. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

ARTH 501 Introduction to Museum Studies (3)
Introduction to the history and methods of museum work. Prerequisites: graduate standing

ARTH 502 Museum and Community (3)
The role of museums as cultural and educational resources within the public sphere with respect to the needs of a community. Prerequisites:       graduate standing

ARTH 603 Care and Handling of Objects (3)
The care and handling of artifacts and works of art of a wide variety of materials, covering the basic principles of why artifacts deteriorate and strategies for proper handling, storage, and exhibition.  Prerequisites: ARTH 500 Intro to Museum Studies or ARTH 502 Museum and Community

ARTH 604 Museum Education (3)
The history, theory, and practice of museum education as a discipline in conjunction with educational outreach project that students design, prepare, and implement. Prerequisites:_ARTH 500 Intro to Museum Studies or ARTH 502 Museum and Community

ARTH 605 Exhibition Design History and Theory (3)
An examination of the history and theory of exhibition design. Prerequisites:_ARTH 500 Intro to Museum Studies or ARTH 502 Museum and Community

ARTH 606 Museum Management (3)
An examination of the organization, structure and ethical issues of managing museums.
Prerequisites:_ARTH 500 Intro to Museum Studies or ARTH 502 Museum and Community

ARTH 607 Collections Management (3)
The registration and movement of museum collections through database design, records management, photo documentation, and exhibition proposals. Prerequisites:_ARTH 500 Intro to Museum Studies or ARTH 502 Museum and Community

ARTH 608 Curatorial Vision and Planning (3)
The planning, research, funding, and controversies involved in curatorial work through cases studies, grant writing, virtual design, and on-site critiques in addition to developing and strengthening a curatorial eye toward exhibition design. Prerequisites:_ARTH 500 Intro to Museum Studies or ARTH 502 Museum and Community

ARTH 609 Issues in Marketing and Public Relations for Cultural Institutions (3)
Graduate level examination of the principles of marketing and public relations for cultural institutions. Prerequisites: ARTH 500 Intro to Museum Studies or ARTH 502 Museum and Community.

ARTH 610 Graduate Development and Grant Writing for Cultural Institutions (3)
Graduate level  examination of the methods and techniques of fundraising for cultural institutions. Prerequisites: ARTH 500 Intro to Museum Studies or ARTH 502 Museum and Community

ARTH 681 Seminar in Art History (Topics vary by semester) (3)
Research on an architect, artist or historical movement. Course may be repeated.  Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.

ARTH 698 Museum Studies Internship (3)
A work experience in cooperating cultural organizations, institutions, and businesses. 100 hours and a written assignment related to the internship. Prerequisites: ARTH 500 Intro to Museum Studies or ARTH 502 Museum and Community and permission of instructor

LBPS 601 Approaches to Graduate Research (3 units)
Introduction to academic research paradigms and their relation to critical issues in professional practice and communication. Must be taken with the first 9 credits of degree work. Prerequisite: Admission to Liberal and Professional Studies program.

LBPS 602 Culminating Seminar in Professional Studies (3 units)
Development, implementation and documentation of a culminating project for students enrolled in the Liberal and Professional Studies graduate program. Must be taken during last semester of degree work. Prerequisite: 24 credits of course work in the Liberal and Professional Studies Program.

MCOM 551 Public Relations for Nonprofit Organizations (3 units)
Fundraising and developing, implementing and evaluating public relations campaigns for non-profit organizations. Practical experience in lab sessions.  Prerequistie: MCOM 357 and consent of instructor.

MCOM 605 Theory and Practice of Public Relations and Organizational Communication (3 units)
First in a sequence of two courses that examine the body of knowledge in public relations, with an emphasis on the strategic management of communications, including analyzing theories, case studies and developing a literature review.  Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.

PRWR 671 Topics in Professional Writing: Grant Writing (3 units)
Specialized focus on particular formats, theories or practices in professional writing. May be elected twice. Prerequisites: Two 600-level PRWR or WRIT courses or consent of instructor. Not open to students who have successfully completed WRIT 670-679.