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Museum Studies: Academic-Year Courses

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Academic-Year Courses (Fall, Spring)
About the Instructors

FALL 2016 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 19.

Syllabi and course material lists can be found under Course Descriptions.

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: Beth Gersh-Nesic
Mon., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 19–Dec. 5 (10 sessions; no class Oct. 3 & 10)
Room: To be announced

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: Carol Ward
Wed., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 21–Oct. 26 (5 sessions; no class Oct. 12)
Room: To be announced

Art of the ’80s, ’90s, and 21st Century
A retrospective and prospective point of view is used to analyze contemporary art, beginning with the many coexisting styles and schools of the pluralistic 1970s, progressing to the powerful neo-expressionist images of the 1980s, and then considering the globalism of the 1990s. Discussions also contemplate the increasingly provocative content of much recent art and the 21st-century fusion of existing styles.
ARH3520 / noncredit option: $625
James Bergesen
Tues., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Aug. 30–Dec. 13
Room: Refer to the online schedule

hybrid courses iconImpressionism
The simultaneous development of various painters associated with Impressionism (e.g., Monet, Renoir, Morisot, Pissarro, Manet, Degas, Cassatt) is presented. This radical new art movement is traced from the first Impressionist exhibition of 1874 to the last exhibition of 1886 and the appearance of the post-Impressionists. Students explore the shared relationships of the Impressionist artists.
Note: This course is hybrid (60% online and 40% in person). The class meeting dates are Sept. 1 and 22, Oct. 13, Nov. 3, Dec. 1 and 15. Please refer to for details.
ARH3455 / noncredit option: $625
James Bergesen
Thurs., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Sept. 1–Dec. 15
Room: Refer to the online schedule

Realism in Art
Various artists from the 17th century to the present have worked in a style that can be termed realist. This course explores the definition of realism in art and examines why these artists chose to work in an empirical style. How do their styles differ, and what does their work tell us about the societies in which they lived? Students choose and place in social context a 20th-century or contemporary realist to discover how the meaning of realism has evolved over the centuries.
ARH3730 / Noncredit option: $625
Beth Gersh-Nesic
Wed., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Aug. 31–Dec. 14
Room: Refer to the online schedule

Updated June 23, 2016

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