MSCP Course Descriptions

ArtHist 201: Visual Cultural Studies Museum Internship

(3) CSU

Prerequisities: Art History 100 and Art History 200. Advisory: English 101.

LABORATORY, 10 HOURS.

This course is a faculty mentored independent study in visual cultural studies at a participating museum. Participating institutions should commit to a visual cultural studies approach to education, curation, management, and public service. This course requires lab hours on site and the sponsorship of a research project or paper with a ELAC faculty mentor. Internships and areas of research may include, but are not limited to: Communications and Marketing; Research; Education; Curation; Design; Conservation and Restoration; Registrar; Management; Development; History and Theory of Museums; In-depth study on an area of specialization relating to the museum’s mission.


ArtHist 200: Introduction to Museum Studies and Gallery Practices

(3) CSU

Advisory: English 101.

LECTURE, 2 HOURS; LABORATORY, 2 HOURS.

This is an introductory course about Museum Studies and Gallery Practices including, but not limited to, the history and philosophy of museums; the social, economic, and political trends that shape museums; the staffing, management, and financing of museums; and the multiple functions of museums, such as the collection and care of objects, exhibition design and interpretation, education programs, research activities, library collections, and pub- lic relations. The course also includes curatorial strategies, exhibition design, proper handling of artworks and their installation, gallery preparation and maintenance, gallery lighting, production and distribution of press releases, announcements, exhibitions lists, and related gallery literature. Students personally engage with museum professionals, including: Department directors, curators, registrar, conservators, collection managers, educators, exhibit designers, and art preparation staff.


ArtHist 171: Introduction to Global Contemporary Art

(3) UC:CSU IGETC Area 3A

Advisory: English 101.

LECTURE, 3 HOURS.

This course considers thematic and historical developments of Contemporary visual art (including painting, sculpture, architecture, new media, and other forms), produced by the global community, focusing on Postmodernism, Identity Politics, Diaspora, and Globalization.


ArtHist 100: Introduction to Visual Culture and Cultural Studies

(3) UC:CSU IGETC Area 3A

Advisory: English 101.

LECTURE, 3 HOURS; LABORATORY, 1 HOUR.

This introductory course explores visual representations across cultures and various media from prehistory to the present. Emphasis is placed on postmodern forms of visual communication, which include advertisements, film, YouTube, the Internet, fashion, music videos, posters, and other visual forms of communication. Situating the visual contextually requires investigation into other forms of cultural constructs, and may include study of ideology, commerce, power, religion, diaspora, gender and sexuality, politics, space of production, and memory.


Art 504: Introduction to Art Materials and Techniques I

(3) CSU

LECTURE, 2 HOURS; LABORATORY, 2 HOURS.

This is an introductory course focused on familiarizing students with various materials, substrates straights, and techniques used in two dimensional media. Historical and contemporary practices, paint formulas, paper sources and paper making, and conservation techniques are covered. This course includes guest lectures and eld trips to The Huntington Library and Gardens and/or Getty conservation centers.


LS 201: Digital Assets: Tools and Methodologies

(3) CSU

LECTURE, 3 HOURS

This course provides an introduction to the basic processes of creating and managing digital assets specifically for museums, libraries, and public/private collections and archives. This includes assessing collection materials, managing files for preservation, and using current digitization software systems. Access issues, metadata scheme, quality control, scanning equipment, and other technologies are also examined.


Anthro 103: Archaeology: Reconstructing the Human Past

(3) UC:CSU (C-ID ANTH 150)

LECTURE, 3 HOURS

This course is an introduction to the study of concepts, theories, and methods, of anthropological archaeology as well as a review of significant data models that contribute to knowledge of the human past. The course includes a discussion of the history and interdisciplinary nature of archaeological research; dating techniques and methods of survey, excavation, and analysis; cultural resource management; and selected cultural sequences.