Intro to Museum Studies
I. Course Prefix/Number: ART 120
Course Name: Intro to Museum Studies
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
- The student will identify the basic functions of the museum curator.
- The student will evaluate art history material in the perspective of the museum field.
- The student will exercise computer data entry of artifacts.
- The student will identify the financial issues involved in operating a museum.
- This course will provide the students an educational experience in the museum field by improving problem solving and critical thinking skills.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
|Weeks 1-2:||Introduction to Museums: history of museums; architecture of museums; cultural and social roles of the museum today|
|Weeks 3-6:||Collection Management: budget issues; acquisition policy; registration; management software; care of collection|
|Weeks 7-10:||Exhibitions: from idea to museological conception; objects and installation; continuity and development of exhibition; design of exhibitions; text and labels; the catalog|
|Week 11:||Field Trip to Museum|
|Week 12:||The William A. Koehnline Gallery and Oakton’s art collection|
|Weeks 13-15:||Presentations of students’ final projects (review and critique)|
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as a face-to-face, media-based, hybrid, or online course.
Lectures; field trip to a museum; practicum at the William A. Koehnline Gallery (the students will participate in research for the college’s art collection and the gallery’s future exhibitions).
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Course may be taught as a face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
Attendance, assignments (5-page work sheets each) and final project.
IX. Instructional Materials
Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.
Required textbook: Museum Basics (T. Ambrose and C. Paine)
Other Museum Studies textbooks will be available in the library, such as:
- Museums for a New Century, Bloom & Powel
- Learning in the Museum, G. Hein
- Museums Places of Learning, Hein & Alexander
- Registration Methods for the Small Museum, D. Reibel
- Caring for Your Art, J. Snyder
- Exhibitions in Museums, M. Belcher
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.