Curatorial Studies | Webster University

Curatorial Studies


Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

Please see the Temporary Adjustments to Policy on Grading for Undergraduate Courses for Spring 2020

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18 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Department of Art, Design and Art History and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

The curatorial studies certificate is open to all majors. It introduces students to the theory and practice of curation. This certificate will provide the initial stage of preparation for further study in curatorial or museum studies at the graduate level.

Learning Objectives

Through completion of the curatorial studies certificate a student will:

  • Gain and then enhance skills in analyzing and understanding artworks and other objects.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the history and philosophy of museums and collections.
  • Practice the vocabulary, parts and process of exhibition.
  • Organize and impart knowledge through collection and display.
  • Critically evaluate and apply the role of curation in cultural mediation.


  • ARHS 2200 Current Art (3 hours)
  • ARHS 2210 Intercultural History of Art (3 hours)
  • ARHS 2700 Introduction to Curatorial Studies (3 hours)
  • ARHS 4700 Cultural Organizations: Structure and Theory (3 hours)
  • ART 4800 Practicum (3 hours)
  • Curatorial studies journal (0 hours)

Choose at least one from the following:

  • ART 2212 Art, Business, and Visual Culture (3 hours)
  • MNGT 2100 Management Theory and Practice (3 hours)
  • PHIL 3120 Philosophy and Art (3 hours)
  • ARHS 4600 Topics in Art History (3 hours)
  • ARHS 4730 Art Theory and Criticism (3 hours)