ARTHI/MFA 5095: Museum Education Graduate Scholars Seminar and Practicum

Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Thursdays from 1:00–8:00 pm and Fridays from 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Nenette Luarca-Shoaf
3 credits

This two-semester long seminar and practicum in museum education—a collaboration between the museum and School of the Art Institute of Chicago and intended for both artists and arts professionals in-training—provides practical work experience and theoretical grounding in the multi-faceted practices of museum education. In a weekly seminar, students discuss readings relating to the history, theory, and practice of museums and museum education, and the cohort is able to share and reflect on their individual and collective experiences in the field. After considering the core resources of a museum educator (the space, collections, history, and audience of the institution), we explore the primary ways museum educators engage audiences (gallery teaching, community engagement, immersive and participatory experiences, and analog/digital modes of interpretation). Guest speakers and field trips supplement the rich resources that are the Art Institute collection and its staff. Halfway through the first semester, students do practicum work within the museum’s Department of Learning and Public Engagement to contribute towards its efforts developing, executing, and evaluating programs for a wide range of audiences. Each student will work with faculty to develop a culminating project that addresses current issues in the field of museum learning and engagement and is informed by practical and scholarly research.

Students are invited to enroll in the Museum Education Graduate Scholars Seminar and Practicum by application only. Museum Education Graduate Scholars each receive an award of $1,000 and the opportunity to request up to an additional $400 in research materials and professional development. Learn more about the process on the Grants and Opportunities page.