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Certificate in

Art Museum and Gallery Studies


Set yourself apart with university training led by an internationally known instructor and secure your position in art museums, galleries, and cultural centers in the U.S. or around the world.

 
 

A Unique Program Designed to Meet Your Goals

Cal State East Bay’s Certificate in Art Museum and Gallery Studies is the only program of its kind in the San Francisco Bay Area and one of few in the United States. The program provides you with the knowledge and hands-on experience to pursue a career as a museum or gallery professional. 

Exclusive

The only program of its kind offered in the San Francisco Bay Area

Well-Connected

Program offered in cooperation with the Cal State East Bay Art Department and the Institute for Aesthetic Development

Faculty Excellence

Taught by internationally known instructor, Lanier Graham

With convenient online course offerings, you have the flexibility to set your own pace and further your education while maintaining your schedule as a working professional.

You’ll receive exceptional training from internationally recognized curator and program instructor, Lanier Graham. The program combines basic knowledge and theory with practical application through two required internships.

The quality and level of instruction I received greatly surpassed my expectations. The insight gained from Professor Lanier Graham was invaluable.  He is a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Joan McLoughlinClass of 2011


The Cal State East Bay Differential


As a participant in CSUEB’s program, you will walk away with:


The technical skills necessary to attain an entry-level position in an art museum, gallery, or cultural center.


Thorough grounding in the work performed by museum or gallery professionals.


The educational foundation necessary for a successful career as a museum or gallery professional.

Your Life in Art 

As a graduate of CSUEB’s Art Museum and Gallery Studies, you’ll have strong connections to the museum and gallery world and make yourself a more attractive candidate to would-be employers. Archivist. Curator. Registrar. Conservator. Your employment opportunities are endless. 

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Surround yourself with history.

On a daily basis, you’ll be surrounded by history.  Whether you’re assisting with the display, preservation, and storage of art collections or assisting with gallery operations such as budgeting and finance, you’ll have the knowledge and hands-on experience to be a vital part of the museum’s professional team.

Occupational Trends

Employment of archivists, curators, and museum workers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2012 to 2022.
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

In 2012, the industries that employed the most archivists, curators, museum technicians, and conservators were museums, historical sites, and similar institutions; government; and educational services.
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

In May 2012, median annual wages for archivists, curators, and museum workers were $47,340, $49,590, and $38,220 respectively.
-U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

A World of Opportunity

Launch your career in the thriving arts and history scene in San Francisco – or even around the world. With your certificate in Art Museum and Gallery Practices, you’ll have the knowledge and practical skills to make an immediate contribution to your museum or gallery of choice. 


Graduates of CSUEB’s program have established careers in museum and gallery work.

You can expect to demonstrate your abilities in a variety of areas including conservation and collections management, exhibition design, public programming, and administration. You’ll even be able to share your passion for art by creating and delivering education programs.

Still, other program participants have furthered their education by pursuing graduate study. 



I’m amazed at how much I’ve learned in just two classes. This course has opened doors of creativity in my work. It has also given me the confidence to take on a greater role in my field.

Julie KahrnoffFuture Graduate



Program Objectives:

As a graduate of Cal State East Bay in Art Museum and Gallery Studies, you will be well-positioned to:  


Apply knowledge of the history, development, and philosophy of museums and galleries to your work.


Play an active role in the management, growth, and development of a museum or gallery collection.


Employ museum best practices and ethical standards to complete museum-related work.

Program Format

Online with Real-world Application

Have the flexibility to work at your own pace with a combination of online classes and hands-on internships at venues of your choice. You’ll complete 80 hours of service for each of the two internships. Lastly, you’ll complete a Special Museum Study course which can be a third internship, or a research project on a subject of your choice under the instructor’s direction.


Certificate Requirements

To earn a Certificate in Art Museum and Gallery Studies, you must complete five required courses. Courses offered in this program are graduate level.

Required Courses

CourseUnitsFallWinterSpringSummer
ART 7800: Gallery and Museum Exhibition
4
X
X
X
X
ART 7801: Theories and Practices of Galleries and Museums
4
X
X
X
X
ART 7802: Internship I
4
X
X
X
X
ART 7803: Internship II
4
X
X
X
X
ART 7804: Special Museum Study
1-4
X
X
X
X

Next, meet your instructor. »

Lanier Graham M.A.


Internationally recognized curator Lanier Graham is the former director of Cal State East Bay's University Art Gallery. Mr. Graham brings a wealth of experience to Cal State East Bay, having served as the Chief Curator of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and in senior curatorial positions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; National Gallery of Australia in Canberra; and the Norton Simon Museum of Art in Pasadena. Mr. Graham is also a member of the Training Committee of the International Council of Museums. His knowledge and expertise have earned him the distinction of being listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.


There is nothing I enjoy more than training people to serve in the museum profession. Our program provides a solid foundation from which a number of our students have gone on to hold curatorial positions in Bay Area museums.

Lanier Graham

Throughout the course of CSUEB’s program, you’ll garner insight from Mr. Graham’s years of experience in the museum and gallery world. He has authored and edited a number of books and catalogues in several languages. His students have secured professional positions at noted museums and galleries such as UC Berkeley Art Museum, Stanford University Art Museum, Hearst Art Gallery at Saint Mary's College, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Ready to Enroll?

You may be admitted to the Art Museum and Gallery Studies certificate program only by receiving permission from the instructor prior to enrollment. Please contact  Lanier Graham to request permission to enroll. You should aim to apply to the program before the quarter begins. Late registration in the course may be allowed only with special permission from the instructor.

Common Questions

Is there a withdrawals and refunds policy?

Withdrawal and Refund Policies vary depending on the type of program in which you enroll. Some Continuing Education programs have course-specific refund policies that supersede the general refund policy. Please contact the program coordinator directly if you have any questions about our refund and drop policies or click here for more details.

Financing

What financing options are available to me?

Cal State East Bay offers tuition assistance for active and retired military as well as qualified dependents. Get VA Educational Benefit details online. 

Traditional financial aid (such as completing the FAFSA, Pell Grants, etc.) is not applicable for Continuing Education certificate programs. Learn more about other financial aid options.

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At a Glance

Area of study: Certificate in Art Museum and Gallery Studies

Ideal for: Professionals seeking careers in art museums, galleries, and cultural centers

Professionals interested in a master's degree in museum studies

Museum and gallery professionals who seek to upgrade their knowledge and improve their marketability

Program format: Online, self-paced (Course completion requires two internships.)

Number of courses: 5 courses

Program length: Self-paced studies enable graduation as early as two quarters or as long as 2 years

Tuition cost: $4,075 (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)

Questions?

Please let us know if we can answer any questions about the Art Museum and Gallery Studies program. Many answers can also be found in our online Support Center.

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