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Museum Studies: Academic-Year Courses

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Fall 2014 Courses | Spring 2015 Courses

FALL 2014 Certificate Courses

Costs / Early Registration Discount
In addition to the tuition, there is a $25 nonrefundable registration fee paid once per semester. The early registration discount applies to registrations received (paid in full) by August 22.

Museum History and Fundamentals
Explore the history of the major types of museums and the current issues and ethical challenges they encounter today. Understand how the primary public mission is established and interpreted. Discover how community inclusion is achieved and diversity is accomplished. MSC1000 / noncredit / $600
Discount: $575 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; Neuberger Museum members; and early registration discount)
Instructor: To be announced
Mon., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 29–Dec. 8 (10 sessions; no class Oct. 13)
Room: Natural Sciences Building, Room 1059

Contemporary Museum Management
Gain an understanding of the organization, governance, and management of museums. Explore the role of the board of directors, museum president or director, and staff and volunteers. Delve into the principles and practices of planning asset acquisition, collections management, and exhibits. Contemporary issues and challenges, such as financing future acquisitions, shrinking public funding, and competition for leisure time, are discussed.
MSC1010 / noncredit / $600
Discount: $575 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; Neuberger Museum members; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Heather Cotter
Wed., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Oct. 1–Dec. 10 (10 sessions; no class Nov. 26)
Room:Natural Sciences Building, Room 3053

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SPRING 2015 Certificate Courses

Costs / Early Registration Discount
In addition to the tuition, there is a $25 nonrefundable registration fee paid once per semester. The early registration discount applies to registrations received (paid in full) by January 16.

Successful Museum and Nonprofit Boards
Understand what constitutes a successful museum board. Investigate the importance of a shared vision, agreement on priorities, public good, monetary support, and defined roles. Learn how the most successful boards identify and measure institutional success. Whether a museum employee or board member, acquire the tools to make the most of working with or being on a museum board.
MSC1050 / noncredit / $300
Discount: $275 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; Neuberger Museum members; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Cynthia Russell
Tues., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Feb. 24–Mar. 24 (5 sessions)
Room: TBA

Museum Education
Investigate education and learning in museums and examine the principal activities in planning and implementing educational experiences for museum visitors. Consider the roles of museum educators and the principles of informal learning. Learn how museums use strategies to assess learning interests for potential audiences and include technology in museum learning. Includes interaction with Neuberger Museum education staff.
MSC1030 / noncredit / $300
Discount: $275 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; Neuberger Museum members; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Heather Cotter
Wed., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Feb. 25–Mar. 25 (5 sessions)
Room: TBA

The Essentials of Art History
Gain an understanding of the art and architecture of Egypt, Greece, Rome, and medieval Europe, presented in terms of their visual and cultural significance. Explore the history of Western art and national 17th- and 18th-century styles in France and England. Nineteenth-century styles and modernism and 20th-century art developments are also covered.
MSC1020 / noncredit / $600
Discount: $575 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; Neuberger Museum members; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Heather Cotter
Thurs., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Feb. 26–May 7 (10 sessions; no class April 2)
Room: TBA

Museum Exhibits
Study the components of a successful museum exhibition, whether permanent or temporary. Gain an understanding of the process of developing an exhibit from the concept, research, and conservation to publications, design, lighting, budget, loans, advertising, sponsorship, education, and visitor satisfaction. Experts in the field will provide specialized lectures. Trips to corporate, personal, and museum collections are included.
MSC1040 / noncredit / $300
Discount: $275 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; Neuberger Museum members; and early registration discount)
Instructor: TBA
Tues., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
April 7–May 5 (5 sessions)
Room: TBA

Updated Sept. 17, 2014

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