University of the Arts Museum Studies

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Museum Studies at the University of the Arts offers three distinctive graduate programs that put contemporary museum theory and practice into the hands of our students: Museum Communication (MA), Museum Education (MA), Museum Exhibition Planning & Design (MFA).

Our programs are for professionally-minded, innovative thinkers and creative problem solvers who seek careers in or related to the visitor-centered, object-based, participatory museums and cultural institutions.

Graduates work in small, medium, and large museums of art, history, archaeology, anthropology, and the natural and physical sciences; in culturally-specific, children’s, living-collection, and specialized museums, as well as in arts, cultural, and educational organizations, and private firms.

How do I apply?

For information, contact Helen M. Shannon, Ph. D., Director of the Museum Education Program at hshannon@uarts.edu. To start the application process, contact the University’s Admissions Office.

Admission to the program is competitive based on college performance in an academic discipline and previous museum or gallery experience as an intern, volunteer, or staff. UArts offers financial assistance based on scholarly achievement and financial need.

Museum Communication

Museum Communication is a unique field of study that allows you to explore the conception, planning, design, creation, and delivery of stories and information about museums and the work they do to the many audiences they seek to engage. The program readies you for communication management and planning roles in museums and related organizations.  Our graduates work in a range of museums and cultural settings in the areas of audience building and engagement, marketing and public relations, external relations, development and fundraising, collections management, exhibitions, and visitor services.

Who are we looking for?

Our students recognize the need for interdisciplinary and cross-functional skills and approaches in the museum workplace. We want you to bring your own perspectives, experiences, and academic expertise to the mix. We look for team-oriented students with a strong desire to successfully connect museums and similar cultural organizations with diverse audiences, internal stakeholders, and partners.

What sets our program apart?

Our unique combination of coursework, studio training, independent research, internships, presentations, and projects under the instruction of working professionals will help you achieve your career goals. Our curriculum ensures that graduates gain insight and tools necessary for providing leadership, management, planning, research, interpretive, evaluative, and fundraising support and are adept at using written and visual communication strategies to accomplish institutional objectives.

How do I apply?

For information about the program contact Joseph Gonzales, Ph. D., Director of Museum Communication Program at jgonzales@uarts.edu. To get started with the application process, contact th