Museum Studies Certificate Program (MSCP)
The Museum Studies Certificate Program at East Los Angeles College provides a career pipeline to students of diverse socio-economic and academic backgrounds. Through the opportunity to engage in rigorous academic study, professional training, and professional development, students cultivate a solid foundation for obtaining entry level job opportunities within the museum field. Professional mentorship is provided to support students' goals for transfer to four year institutions, as well as career development.
The Museum Studies Certificate Program (MSCP) at East Los Angeles College is a seven-course program (21-units) that provides a broad foundation of knowledge and professional work experience in the museum sector. Open to all students at East Los Angeles College, the program draws upon coursework in Museum Studies, Art History, Cultural Studies, Library Science, Studio Art, Anthropology, and Archaeology, and includes museum internships and unique academic and professional development opportunities.
The program is designed to accompany the Associate of Arts for Transfer (AAT) degree in Art History, which together can be completed in 2 years of full-time study at East Los Angeles College. The MSCP may also be pursued as a stand-alone program for students with a general interest in museums.
Students can expect to gain knowledge and experience in a range of museum professions and topics, including curatorial practice, conservation science, collections management and registration, education and public programs, communications, and nonprofit management. As one of the few museums located at a California Community College, the Vincent Price Art Museum serves as a unique educational resource, classroom, incubator, and training ground for participating students.
|Course #||Course Name||Units||CSU-GE||IGETC||Semesters Offered|
|ARTHIST 200||Intro to Museum Studies and Gallery Practices||3||fall only|
|ART 504||Materials and Techniques||3||fall only|
|ARTHIST 171||Intro to Global Contemporary Art||3||1A||spring, fall, winter, summer|
|ARTHIST 100||Into to Visual Cultural and Cultural Studies||3||3A||spring, sometimes fall|
|LIBSCI 201||Digital Asset: Tools and Methodologies||3||spring only|
|ANTHRO 103||Archaeology: Reconstructing the Human Past||3||4||D1||spring and fall|
|ARTHIST 201||Museum Studies Internship*||3||spring and winter|
CSU-GE and IGETC refer to the general education category/area to which each course applies.
Courses marked with an asterisk (*) have a prerequisite.
**THIS COURSE CAN BE COMPLETED IN LOS ANGELES OR ABROAD AS PART OF THE SMITHSONIAN UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM. LEARN MORE HERE.
Students must complete all required courses with a "C" or better to qualify for a Certificate of Achievement. Upon completion, the student submits a "Request for Department Certificate of Achievement" to the Admissions Office. This form can be found on the Admissions webpage or by visiting the Admissions Office on campus in E1-105.
For more information on ELAC Art History - Museum Studies Partners visit the following:
MSCP Interest Form
Art Department Highlights
Monday - Thursday
9:30 am - 4:15 pm
9:30 am - 1:30 pm