Why study Museum Studies?

What is Museum Studies? Museum Studies or Museology is the study of Museums. It explains the history of museums and their role in society, as well as the activities they engage in, including curating, preservation, public programming, and education.

What types of courses can I take? History, Public History, Anthropology, Art History, Art Education, and Sciences at this point.  We are actively reviewing courses for consideration and adding additional course options on an ongoing basis.

What types of subjects will be addressed? This Program is currently focused on three main areas of Museum Studies:

  • Exhibitions: Curation of Physical and Digital, Exhibitions, Design and Planning of exhibitions, and the use of Art in the public space.
  • Collections: Curation of Collections, Conservation, Preservation, data management and tracking assets.
  • Education: Public Programs within a museum, Community Outreach, and artist lead initiatives.


Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to this minor must have at least a 2.8 cumulative grade point average in previous college work and have at least 30 credit hours completed. To apply, students should turn in the application to the DAAP Student Affairs Office, 5470 Aronoff.

All prospective students interested in this program should visit the DAAP website to find more information or contact the DAAP Student Affairs office at 513-556-1376 or daap-admissions@uc.edu. All prospective students are encouraged to visit campus to learn more about their major(s) of interest. You can register for a DAAP "College Close-Up" Visit and a "Preview UC" campus tour.

Who is accepted into the program? The world of collections and exhibitions can be greatly rewarding for many personalities with varied interests.  Museums and galleries provide opportunities for learning in dynamic settings. The conservation and handling of objects within collections can provide exciting opportunities to engage with history and its preservation. The process of making exhibitions can be a challenging yet rewarding way to collaborate with scholars and specialists in all fields to present and inform the public about a vast spectrum of knowledge, from art to science to history to nature.  

If you are interested in some of the many areas mentioned above and meet the requirements listed below, we would welcome your application! We are accepting applicants on an ongoing basis and are happy to answer any questions you may have when deciding if this is the program for you.

What can a Museum Studies Certificate provide to you?

  • If you are interested in working in museums, galleries, historic homes, libraries, archives, or zoos and aquariums, a Museum Studies Certificate can provide insight into the structure and processes within a organization, the theories applied, knowledge and hands on skills needed to perform specialized duties within a museum environment.
  • If you currently work in a museum, you can increase your knowledge and demonstrate your continued dedication to that field through continuing your education.
  • If you are studying or work in a field doing research or teaching, you can learn the skills and techniques that will allow you to exhibit and present your research in a manner that communicates to your peers and also to the general public in a variety of settings.
  • This certificate explores fundamental aspects of museum work. It can provide you with the skills and knowledge that are the basis for many aspects of museum work, including: museum management, collection care and maintenance, and exhibition and educational program development. It is an integrated program of study combining classroom instruction with an internship opportunity for direct on-the-job experiences
  • The city of Cincinnati, once called the "Queen City of the West" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, provides an excellent array of cultural resources for students who intend to pursue a degree in the visual arts. It offers the energy and assets of a larger city, along with quiet neighborhoods steeped in rich traditions. Cincinnati offers live music venues that range from top-notch symphony and opera companies to a growing pop and rock community. Home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Taft Museum and the Contemporary Arts Center, the city also enjoys the presence of numerous art galleries and a strong support system among practicing artists. Cincinnati is situated within driving distance of Chicago, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and New York City, allowing DAAP students to take advantage of the rich cultural resources of these cities as well.
  • UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) is one of the most comprehensive colleges of its type in the country. A collection of nationally respected design and art programs is housed in a unique and educationally stimulating architectural setting. Architecture students have opportunities to enroll in courses in a range of related disciplines and to participate in interdisciplinary studios or special projects.
  • Students learn creative and technical skills in the studio environment, taught by a passionate faculty who interact with their students on a daily basis. The goal is to guide students as they grow both intellectually and professionally.
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

DAAP Admissions
PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-1376

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