The Museum Studies Program is aimed at educating, training, and exposing students to diverse careers within museums o fall types, and to creating career pipelines through academic study,skills-based learning, job training, through internships and guided pathways,supporting students as they move onto universities, and into other internship and job opportunities, as well as providing long-term career guidance
One section of the core courses will be offered annually. Approximately 15 students are expected to be enrolled in each section. We are expecting approximately 5 -10 program completers per year at the end of the second year of the program operation. We are hoping for approximately 15 program completers per year at the end of the fifth year of program operation.
The Museum Studies Program at East Los Angeles College and the Vincent Price Art Museum is a new program of study is aimed at educating, training, and exposing students to diverse careers within museums of all types, and to creating career pipelines through academic study, skill-based learning, job training through internships, and guided pathway supporting students as they move from a two-year college into a four-year university and into other internship and job opportunities, as well as providing long-term career guidance.
With courses offered cross the disciplines of the Arts and Humanities (Art History,Archaeology, Library Sciences, Studio Art, etc.), the Museum Studies program will offer interdisciplinary courses and opportunities that mirror the broad range of job opportunities within the scope of the museum field to its diverse student population, which in turn primes the program to make a significant impact as a pipeline program for diversifying the future workforce of museum nationally.
Launched in 2018, the Smithsonian Undergraduate Internship at ELAC and VPAM embarked on a joint partnership between the Smithsonian Latino Center, Smithsonian Office of Fellowship and Internships, East Los Angeles College and ELAC’s Vincent Price Art Museum. The objective of this program is to create and foster career pathways for students from ELAC into the museum field, exposing participants to diverse positions in institutions such as curatorial, educational, archivist,conservation, and registrar jobs. An advisory board was created to discuss the possibility of offering a Museum Studies AA degree at ELAC. An AA degree was not advisable, however, because there are no 4 year universities in the Greater Los Angeles offering this major. It was then decided that a Certificate in Museum Studies designed to accompany the Associate of Arts Transfer (AAT)program in Art History, enabling students to focus on history, theory, and art praxis would give students an entry into the museum field and make more sense. The advisory board met several times to discuss what would be needed to create a viable Certificate. The advisory board decided on the best courses to offer while still keeping the units at 21 enabling students to complete the certificate in 2 years. The one recommendation that we did not follow was the incorporation of a chemistry course to prepare one for the field of art conservation. Their commendation was not followed because we learned that the current chemistry course that we originally decided on, could not be rewritten to best benefit the certificate. Instead, faculty decided to include an archeology course since this field is closely related to museums work.This program will consist of 21 units, including courses in museum studies and gallery practices, art history courses, museum internship independent study courses, interdisciplinary coursework, and lab components. The cornerstone of this program is a partnership between ELAC, VPAM and the Smithsonian in Washington DC.
Fall Spring Summer
ArtHist 200 ArtHist 171 ArtHist 201(Prereq ArtHist 200)
ArtHist 100 Anthro 103
Art 501 Library Science 200
(Y1 or S1)
|Art History 200|
Art History 201
|Intro to Museum Studies and Gallery Practices|
Museum Studies Internship
|Intro to Visual Culture and Cultural Studies|
|Art 171 |
|Intro to Global Contemporary Art|
Materials and Techniques
|Library Science 200|
|Digital Assets: Tools and Methodologies|
|Anthropology 103||Archaeology: Reconstructing the Human Past|