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For a person looking to pursue a career in Museum Fabrication, what college programs/Majors would give me the best skills and training?

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I am a 9th grader and who is interested greatly in pursuing museum fabrication as a career. I have been apprenticing and training with a professional fabricator and have become very invested in the job. I have recently started looking for majors that would give me the right skills and training to become successful in the field. I was hoping to learn about what kind of college programs are needed or helpful for this type of work. Thank you!

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Tia’s Answer

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I worked a museum years ago. Museum studies degrees are helpful for curators but not necessarily fabricators. Do you have any museums nearby your house that you love going to? If so, reach out to their staff and ask if you could meet and shadow one of their fabricators. I know here in NYC, where I live, a lot of the fabricators have art degrees, primarily sculpting degrees.

Carol’s Answer

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Kieran;

Hi

While I have not recruited specifically for professionals with museum fabrication experience, I have found that the best way to find out about any career is to go online and ask. I used Google. Here is what I found. If you look at multiple sites look for consistencies in what they say.

 

Below is information from a blog I found online by <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: white;">Mark </span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Walhimer </span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: white;">who is Managing Partner of </span>Museum Planning, LLC<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: white;">, a museum planning and exhibition project management firm of interactive educational environments for Science Centers, Children's Museums and Natural History Museums. I have supplied the link to the blog and the list of colleges and universities </span>to get you started.

Hope this helps. Feel free to reach back out.

Carol

 

Schools for museum design and museum studies - Museum Planner

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<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: white;">A list of the Museum Studies, Museum Education and Museum Exhibition Design programs</span>

Museum Studies/Museology

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Arizona State University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> B.A. in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://art.asu.edu/museumstudies/

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Baylor University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: B.A., B.S., and M.A. in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.baylor.edu/Museum_Studies/

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Brown University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Public Humanities</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.brown.edu/Research/JNBC/maprogram.php

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Chadron State College</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: B.A. in Applied History with a Museum Studies Major</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.csc.edu/socialsci/museum/degrees.csc

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Cooperstown Graduate Program</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M. A in History Museum Studies</span>

http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/cgp/curriculum/curriculum.html

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Florida International University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://thefrost.fiu.edu/edu_studies.htm

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">George Washington University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://programs.columbian.gwu.edu/museumstudies/

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Harvard University Extension School</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.L.A. in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.extension.harvard.edu/degrees-certificates/museum-studies

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Indiana University – Purdue</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. degree in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/mstd/

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Institute of American Indian Arts</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Associate of Fine Arts, B.A. in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.iaia.edu/academics/degree-programs/museum-studies/

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Johns Hopkins University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: MA in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://advanced.jhu.edu/academic/museum/

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">John F. Kennedy University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.jfku.edu/Programs-and-Courses/College-of-Graduate-Professional-Studies/Museum-Studies.html

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">New York University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/fineart/academics/curatorial.htm

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">San Francisco State University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.sfsu.edu/~museumst/

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Seton Hall University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Museum Professions</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.shu.edu/academics/artsci/ma-museum-professions/

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Southern Illinois University at Carbondale</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Undergraduate Special Bachelor Degree</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.museum.siu.edu/studies.html

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Southern University at New Orleans</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Museum Studies and Cultural Preservation</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.suno.edu/Colleges/Museum/

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Syracuse University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://vpa.syr.edu/art-design/design/graduate/museum-studies

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Texas Tech University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Museum Science</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.depts.ttu.edu/museumttu/program.html

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Tusculum College</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: B.A. in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www2.tusculum.edu/museumstudiesprogram/

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">University of Central Oklahoma</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: B.A. / M.A. in History and Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.libarts.uco.edu/history/Undergraduates.htm#History_-_Museum_Studies

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">University of Colorado, Boulder</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.S. in Museology</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.colorado.edu/catalog/catalog10-11/courses/museumandfieldstudies.html

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">University of Denver</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Art History with Museum Studies Concentration</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.du.edu/art/programs/MAahMuseum.html

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">University of Florida</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.arts.ufl.edu/programs/museumstudies.aspx

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">University of Illinois at Chicago</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Professional Certification Museum Studies (graduate and undergraduate)</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.uic.edu/depts/arch/ah/museumstudies.shtml

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">University of Kansas</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www2.ku.edu/~distinction/cgi-bin/overview146

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">University of Leicester (UK)</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> MA/MSc and PhD programs in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">University of North Carolina at Greensboro</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: B.A. in Art History and Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.uncg.edu/art/undergraduate/history

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">University of Oklahoma</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Liberal Studies, Museum Studies Option (100% Online)</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">University of Oregon</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: A Master of Arts Management</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://aad.uoregon.edu/programs/degrees

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">University of South Florida</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.gradcerts.usf.edu/certificates/xms.html

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">University of Washington</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Museology</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://depts.washington.edu/uwmuse/

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Virginia Commonwealth University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.pubapps.vcu.edu/bulletins/prog_search/?did=20153

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Walsh University, North Canton, Ohio</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: BA Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.walsh.edu/museumstudies.htm

Museum Anthropology 

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Arizona State University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Museum Anthropology</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://shesc.asu.edu/node/316

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Columbia University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Museum Anthropology</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.columbia.edu/cu/anthropology/graduate/main/index/museum_anthro.html

Museum Communication 

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> University of the Arts</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Museum Communication</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.uarts.edu/academics/visual-arts/ma-museum-communication

Philanthropy

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Indiana University at Purdue</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.philanthropy.iupui.edu/education/grad.aspx

Museum Education 

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Bank Street College</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.S. in Leadership in Museum Education</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.bnkst.edu/graduate-school/academics/programs/museum-education-overview/

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">George Washington University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. Teaching in Museum Education</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://gsehd.gwu.edu/programs/mep/masters

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Tufts University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Museum Education</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://ase.tufts.edu/museumstudies/masters.asp

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">University of the Arts</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Museum Education</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.uarts.edu/academics/visual-arts/ma-museum-education

Museum Exhibition and Design

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Art Center</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Master Industrial Design</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.artcenter.edu/accd/programs/graduate/industrial_design.jsp

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">CCA</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Bachelor of Fine Art</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.cca.edu/academics/industrial-design

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Cooper Union</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Bachelor of Architecture</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://cooper.edu/architecture

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">The Corcoran College</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: MA Exhibit Design</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.corcoran.edu/degree-programs/graduate/ma-exhibition-design

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Fashion Institute of Technology (S.U.N.Y.)</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Exhibition Design</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.fitnyc.edu/2868.asp

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">MIT</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Master of Media Arts and Sciences</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.media.mit.edu/about

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Pratt Institute</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Master of Industrial Design</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.pratt.edu/academics/art_design/art_grad/industrial_design_grad/

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Royal College of Art</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Master of Arts, Design Interaction</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.rca.ac.uk/Default.aspx?ContentID=161712

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">NYU</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) degree</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://itp.tisch.nyu.edu/object/itp_overview.html

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">San Francisco Art Institute</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Museum Exhibition and Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.sfsu.edu/~museumst/

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Sci-Arch</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Bachelor of Architecture</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.sciarc.edu/portal/programs/undergraduate/index.html

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">University of the Arts</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Museum Exhibition, Planning and Design</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.uarts.edu/academics/design

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">University of California, Davis</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Exhibition Design, BA</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://design.ucdavis.edu/

Collections Management 

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Eastern Illinois University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Historical Administration</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://catalog.eiu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=11&poid=1275

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Curatorial Studies/Curatorial Practice</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Bard College</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Curatorial Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.bard.edu/graduate/

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">California College of the Arts</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Curatorial Practice</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.cca.edu/academics/graduate/curatorial-practice

Curatorial Studies/Curatorial Practice

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Brigham Young University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: B.A. in Art History and Curatorial Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">California College of the Arts</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: M.A. in Curatorial Practice</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.cca.edu/academics/graduate/visual-critical-studies/curatorial-practice

Certificates

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> California State University at San Bernardino</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Undergraduate Certificate in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.csusb.edu/majorsdegrees/undergraduate/baAnthropology/CertificatePrograms.aspx

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Indiana University at Purdue</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Undergraduate Certificate in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/mstd/index.php/undergraduate

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Northern Illinois University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Certificate in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.niu.edu/mstudies/

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Northwestern University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Certificate in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.niu.edu/mstudies/

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Smith College</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Certificate in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.smith.edu/siams/

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">University of Iowa</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Certificate in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.uiowa.edu/~mstudies/MuseumStudiesCertificate.htm

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">University of Oregon</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://aad.uoregon.edu/programs/certificates/museum-studies-certificate

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">University of South Carolina</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Certificate in Museum Management</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.cas.sc.edu/mcks/museummgmt/

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">University of Tulsa</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Certificate in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.utulsa.edu/academics/colleges/Henry-Kendall-College-of-Arts-and-Sciences/Certificates/Museum%20Studies.aspx

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Utah State University</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Degree: Certificate in Museum Studies</span>

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> </span>http://www.usu.edu/degrees/index.cfm?id=209