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Intro to Museum Studies

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 120

       Course Name: Intro to Museum Studies

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course examines role of art museum curator. Content includes collection management and exhibit preparation, application of basic principles to other types of museums such as history, science or nature. The Koehnline Museum of Art at the Des Plaines campus serves as lab for course.

IV.   Learning Objectives

A.    The student will understand the basic functions of the museum curator.
B.    The student will evaluate art history material in the perspective of the museum field.
C.    The student will exercise computer data entry of artifacts.
D.    The student will identify the financial issues involved in operating a museum.
E.    This course will provide the students an educational experience in the museum field by improving problem solving and critical thinking skills.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

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

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, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

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: Varies by instructor
Other Museum Studies textbooks will be available in the library, such as:
A.    Museums for a New Century, Bloom & Powel
B.    Learning in the Museum, G. Hein
C.    Museums Places of Learning, Hein & Alexander
D.    Registration Methods for the Small Museum, D. Reibel
E.    Caring for Your Art, J. Snyder
F.    Exhibitions in Museums, M. Belcher

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grades are determined by two assignments (a survey of a museum – 20% and a survey of an exhibition – 20%) and a final project, a production of an exhibition (concept and design, including a presentation of ground floors, models and a catalog – 60%).

XI.   Other Course Information

In this section, each instructor will specify policies on attendance, late assignments, make-up exams, etc.

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.